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How does your profession affect your driving habits?

By Mathilda Bartholomew | February 22, 2024


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Study, spanning various professions, unveils intriguing connections between job roles and driving tendencies

How does your profession affect your driving habits?

According to a national survey, doctors exhibit the most aggressive driving behaviour, electricians tend to neglect indicating when leaving roundabouts, and individuals in HR struggle with parking. The study, spanning various professions, unveils intriguing connections between job roles and driving tendencies.

In the broader context, the research discloses that builders top the list as the speediest drivers, with 71 percent of construction professionals admitting to regularly exceeding speed limits and hogging the fast lane on the motorway (15 percent). Surprisingly, medical professionals emerge as the most irritable drivers, with 26 percent frequently expressing frustration through rude gestures and shouting at other drivers (14 percent).

Hairdressers stand out as the friendliest drivers, with 90 percent confirming their practice of thanking fellow motorists for gestures like letting them merge. They also reciprocate by allowing an average of 13 drivers a week, surpassing the national average of 10. Conversely, HR personnel struggle with parking, as three in five confess to requiring multiple attempts to park and almost half consistently bumping into the pavement during parallel parking.

The data from We Buy Any Car further reveals that a third of electricians admit to not consistently using indicators when leaving roundabouts. When it comes to last-minute merging, lawyers (22 percent), media professionals (20 percent), and entrepreneurs (19 percent) confess to being the primary culprits.

Richard Evans, head of technical services at We Buy Any Car, observes, "It's been interesting to uncover the driving habits associated with different professions and understand how our roles may influence our behaviour on the road."

The survey also highlights that 92 percent of drivers find driving stressful, citing factors such as high traffic volumes (71 percent), aggressive behaviour from other motorists (52 percent), road closures (26 percent), confusing road layouts (22 percent), and frustrating speed limits (21 percent) as primary stressors.

While over three-quarters believe they are considerate drivers, one in four admits that their driving behaviour depends on their mood. Despite 98 percent of Britons considering themselves good drivers and 99 percent describing themselves as safe on the roads, three in five admit to experiencing road rage regularly, and seven percent report having had an accident in the past 12 months.

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