Drivers Struggling To Get Back On The Road

Mon 8th Jun 2020

 

A new survey of more than 2,000 drivers has revealed that drivers are struggling to get back to normality behind the wheel of their car following lockdown.

The research from Hyundai has found that while the UK driver typically drives for an average of 583 miles a month - during the Covid-19 crisis that average has dropped to just 90 miles. Almost a third of those surveyed admitted that they have driven 25 miles or less in the last month and that has led to unexpected issues.

Drivers have forgotten how to do the basic driving skills and more than a quarter had stalled their car, one in five had scraped their wheels on the kerb and even more had forgotten how to indicate.

Hyundai’s research showed that the driving public are concerned that driving standards will have dropped during the pandemic lockdown, with 48 per cent admitting that driving will be worse now restrictions have been lifted. Forty-four per cent of those polled believed that road users are driving faster during lockdown.

The research backs up data from the insurance industry which suggests that accidents are now more likely to happen.

A spokesperson for Hyundai UK said: “Absence can make the heart grow fonder and our research found that 45 per cent of motorists have missed driving because of lockdown.

“Like with many things, there can be a few teething issues after a break and driving is no different.

“With a little care and practice though, I’m sure that motorists will soon get their confidence back behind the wheel.”