UK drivers are going to great lengths to evade fundamental motoring manoeuvres which learners are required to carry out to pass their driving tests, according to research. Our motoring journalist, Tim Barnes-Clay, reports.
The poll of 1,011 UK motorists has revealed that more than half (68%) of drivers will avoid parallel parking, and instead search for alternative parking spaces – with many even being willing to park in a space that would add 3.6 minutes onto their journey.
Parallel parking was also revealed to be the most difficult driving manoeuvre, with 76% of the votes. A turn in the road – or three-point turn – came in second place, with 63% of the vote. Meanwhile, reversing around a corner followed close behind in third place with 61%. Bay parking was problematic for 55%, while 35% didn’t feel confident doing an emergency stop.
Survey spokesman, James Buttrick, said: “It’s interesting to see how many drivers in Britain are not confident carrying out the manoeuvres that many will have been taught and tested on when learning to drive. It’s also concerning that more than 1 in 3 cited the crucial emergency stop as a problem manoeuvre, giving the role this can play in preventing and minimising accidents.”
Buttrick added: “Motorists should take the time to make themselves more familiar with the manoeuvres they are not confident in completing – whether that be practising on a quiet road or car park, or even taking refresher driving lessons with a driving instructor, to recap on technique.
Buttrick went on: “It’s the responsibility of drivers to ensure that they are confident in every aspect of driving for the obvious safety reasons. Many will also enjoy the added benefit of being able to park in smaller spaces which can save them a few minutes’ walk every day.”
The data also revealed that men aged 18-24 are the self-confessed worst parallel parkers, with 72% confessing to avoiding the manoeuvre. Meanwhile, Plymouth is the home to the UK’s best parallel parkers, with just 48% saying they would avoid the manoeuvre, followed by motorists in Manchester (53%).
Top 5 Most Difficult Manoeuvres, According To Motorists:
- Parallel parking – 76%
- Turn in the road – 63%
- Reversing around a corner – 61%
- Bay parking – 55%
- Emergency stop – 35%