Young Driver, a provider of pre-17 driving lessons, asked 1,000 motorists what elements of driving they thought should be focused on more in the learning process.
As well as driving at the correct speed, driver etiquette and avoiding distractions, 35% said they wished learners had a lesson on the careful opening of car doors, to avoid dinging another vehicle.
According to the research, the top ten areas that motorists wished drivers could be taught more successfully were:
1. Not to use a mobile phone when driving – 56%
2. Not to drive too fast – 49%
3. The dangers of tailgating – 47%
4. Driving etiquette, such as thanking other drivers or allowing people to filter in – 45%
5. How to drive on motorways – 43%
6. How to drive at night – 40%
7. Not to be a middle lane hog – 40%
8. How to park better – 40%
9. To always use an indicator – 38%
10. How to open a car door in a tight parking space without banging it into the car next to you – 35%
“Sometimes, when learning to drive, there’s a focus on the mechanics of driving – but we all know there’s much more to it than biting points and gear changes,” Laura White from Young Driver said. “A large part of being a good driver boils down to having a greater awareness of other road users and being courteous to those around you.
“There are also certain areas where more practical tuition would help too, like motorway or night time driving, which are needed by nearly all drivers but are not an essential part of the learning process. Of course, in many cases, people may have been taught the right way to drive, but bad habits slip over time.