High numbers of learners harassed on the roads

High numbers of learners harassed on the roads

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.

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