Top five most difficult manoeuvres rated by motoristsFri, 27/10/2017
Driving is much more than simply getting from A to B, it requires a series of manoeuvres that a driver needs to be confident in, should they need to park, turn around or emergency brake.
Gareth Herincx, MSN news, reports:
Drivers in the UK are going to extraordinary lengths to avoid basic driving manoeuvres which learners are required to carry out in order to pass their driving tests, according to new research
The survey of 1,011 motorists, carried out by Vantage-leasing.com, revealed that more than half (68%) of drivers will actively avoid parallel parking, and instead look for alternative parking spaces to avoid doing so. Many are even being willing to park in a space that would add 3.6 minutes onto their journey, on average.
Parallel parking was also revealed to be the most difficult driving manoeuvre, with 76% of the votes.
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Top five most difficult manoeuvres
5. Emergency stop – 35%
4. Bay parking – 55%
3. Reversing around a corner – 61%
2. Turn in the road – 63%
1. Parallel parking – 76%
“It’s quite interesting to see how many drivers in the UK are not confident carrying out the manoeuvres that many will have been taught and tested on when learning to drive,” said James Buttrick of Vantage-leasing.com.
“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.
“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 research also revealed that men aged 18-24 are the self-confessed worst parallel parkers, with 72% admitting that they avoid 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%).
The best way to avoid troublesome manoeuvres is to practice in a safe space. If you’re still having trouble, perhaps consider approaching a driving instructor, this will help to ensure you’re confident in all aspects when behind the wheel.