17million drivers would struggle to re-sit their driving test

A new poll carried out by the AA reveals that almost half of all drivers in the UK would struggle with at least one part of the driving test if they had to retake it.

Parallel parking would be the hardest thing to get right in a re-test, with women (32%) twice as likely as men (16%) to admit it. Men (9%) were nearly twice as likely as women (5%) to say driving at an appropriate speed would be their downfall.

The figures are alarming with a fifth (21%) of drivers asked considering parallel parking to be the hardest manoeuvre to perform correctly and 1 in 10 drivers don't think they would pass a re-test at all.

The results varied from region to region with Londoners (16%) being the least likely to admit parallel parking would be the manoeuvre they would find hardest to carry out to test standard, perhaps because they have to practice it more.

Drivers from eastern England (25%), Yorkshire and Humberside (25%) and East Midlands (24%) were the most likely to choose parallel parking as the toughest aspect of the driving test.

London drivers also lived up to their aggressive reputation, with almost one in twenty (4%) saying that keeping a safe distance would be the hardest thing to do.

One in twenty (5%) of Welsh drivers thought they would struggle with reversing around a corner. But, drivers from the West Midlands and Scotland were more likely to be hesitant about this manoeuvre, with 9% saying they would find it hard.

Age was also a factor as 12% of 18-24-year-olds said correct use of mirrors would be the thing they would find hardest to do correctly in a re-test, compared to just 1% of over-65's.

Edmund King, director of the AA Charitable Trust, said: "It is alarming that so many drivers think there is at least one aspect of driving that they would struggle to do to the standard required to pass a driving test.

"Being able to manoeuvre correctly, making proper observations and keeping a safe distance and speed are all very important parts of driving safely.

"Driving is a skill for life and, although it is easy to let bad habits form after your test, drivers should make sure their skills are kept polished."

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