Lockdown Leads To Bad Driving Habits

Wed 16th Jun 2021

A major new study has found that covid lockdown and the subsequent lack of driving has created thousands of drivers who have forgotten how to drive or are now scared to be on the road.

The research from in-car technology firm, Nextbase, has found that 47 per cent of motorists believe they have picked up bad driving habits during lockdown and that those same habits are now presenting themselves on more busy roads.

Recent evidence seems to back up the claim, with a police road safety operation over the recent Bank Holiday catching 500 offences and a 22 per cent increase in car accidents on May Bank Holiday.

Working from home and national lockdown led to a marked decrease in road traffic through the last 12 months, and 61 per cent of UK drivers now believe they are so-called ‘COVID Drivers’ with 44 per cent feeling nervous about long distance drives and 26 per cent feeling more pressure behind the wheel due to busier roads.

“As rules change over time and roads get busier it is understandable that people start to feel less confident on the roads. It is important, whether you are a new driver or have been driving for years, that you keep on top of your driving skills, and use everything at your disposal to assist you in driving safely and responsibly,” said Bryn Brooker from Nextbase.

The company has partnered with road safety charity IAM RoadSmart to create a series of Driving Intelligence e-learning modules. The refresher courses help drivers learn about managing their speed and its impact on stopping distances, smart motorways and important driving safety facts.

“It was inevitable that Lockdown would leave many drivers and riders with confidence issues, stress and rusty skills due to their enforced break from the roads. With any skill you learn, you need to improve and refresh it to remain top of your game. Driving and riding is no different,” said Tony Greenidge, CEO of IAM RoadSmart.

“Our on-road courses and e-learning modules are designed to help boost confidence, improve existing skills, and widen knowledge.  These proactive interventions help create more considerate road users and ultimately our goal is to make driving and riding enjoyable, fun and safe.”