New research has found that 77% of UK driving instructors regularly experience abuse and intimidation from other road users when teaching students.
The survey of 610 driving instructors by Marmalade also found that:
- 31% experience abuse and intimidation on a daily basis
- 91% of learners have been subjected to overtaking
- 90% witness tailgating
- Two thirds (66%) of learners have been subject to abusive hand gestures
- Half (49%) have experienced verbal abuse on the roads
Respondents also revealed how this behaviour affects their students. They said:
- 85% of learners who are trying to deal with this abuse become more nervous and start making more mistakes
- Almost a quarter (22%) of UK learners have cried as a result
- A third have had to pull over to compose themselves
- 8% have become too scared to carry on learning to drive entirely.1.5% have been involved in an accident as a result
Almost all of the driving instructors surveyed (93%) claimed they were treated differently when they had L-Plates on the car, despite them being fully qualified drivers, and there being no change in their driving ability to when they drive without an L-Plate, where they don’t get abused.