Lockdown affects driving skills | Motoring Issues - Car News Jun 2020

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20:37 Wednesday 10 Jun 2020

A Hyundai-commissioned survey has revealed that a fifth of motorists have struggled to get the hang of driving again after being off the road for a prolonged period during lockdown.

Despite lockdown measures being eased, the average mileage covered by UK drivers in May stood at 90 miles, well below the pre-lockdown average of 583 miles.  A third of drivers covered less than 25 miles last month, with many admitting their driving skills had become rusty.

Hyundai surveyed 2,000 motorists, with 18% saying they found returning to the roads a challenge.  More than a quarter of those had stalled their car, 21% had scraped their wheels on the kerb, and the same amount had forgotten to indicate.  Four in ten motorists hadn’t visited a filling station in more than a month, with 12% admitting that had forgotten which side their fuel cap was on.

Worryingly, almost half of respondents aired concerns that the standard of other road users' driving is now worse than before the lockdown.

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.” 


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