According to recent reports by the Telegraph, the AA has offered 2000 free driving lessons to drivers looking to improve their driving skills. The lessons were open to all drivers – but only 22% of those who took up the opportunity were men.
The lessons were set up to help ‘nervous, rusty, lapsed and dangerous motorists get back behind the wheel with renewed confidence and competence’.
The research suggested that drivers between the ages of 21 and 25 were the most likely to sign up for ‘refresher’ driving lessons, whereas older drivers were less interested in improving their skills.
With such a small number of men signing up for the refresher lessons, it would appear that men feel the same about asking for help with improving their driving as they do about asking for directions when lost. Indeed, men are also less likely to ask for help when choosing a car, suggesting they feel they know more about motoring than women do. But is this really the case? Research has suggested that male drivers are more likely to be involved in an accident than female drivers.
The AA highlighted that they ‘are urging male drivers not to ignore their driving fears’ and not to ‘let pride get in the way’. AA director Edmund King said that drivers of all ages, no matter how long they had been motoring, could improve their skills and become a safer driver and that there was nothing to lose from asking for help.
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