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New drivers concerned over ‘reckless actions’ of other road-users, results reveal

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Newly qualified drivers are most worried about the actions of other drivers on the road, a survey by YouClaim has revealed.

The survey of 780 UK drivers showed that 46% of newly qualified drivers said that they were most worried about the behaviour of other motorists.

When asked about what negatively affects their confidence while driving, 22% of the admitted that reckless driving from other drivers caused them problems.

This was followed by 12% who said that other drivers not obeying the Highway Code and 11% who said that other drivers using mobile phones while driving negatively impacted their confidence behind the wheel.

IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and road standards Richard Gladman said: “If I could give every road user a piece of advice, it would be to practice consideration.

"There is the old saying of ‘pay it forward’, which means that if everyone were to always treat others as we would expect to be treated, we would all be fine.

“This is particularly true when it comes to driving - for instance, when joining the motorway, allowing an extra five to six car lengths will reduce the need to fight for road space.

“There should always be a level of consideration for other road users. Instructors should be teaching drivers that just because the car fits there; it does not mean it should go there.

“Drivers should be more considerate towards other road users; allow pedestrians to cross the road and give the cyclists a little extra space.

“At IAM RoadSmart, we champion the ‘thumbs up’ for acknowledgement, as hand signals can be often be misconstrued. When you’re more considerate towards other roads users, and allow yourself time to make safe road choices, that anxiety in relation to others diminishes.”

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