October 04, 2009 19:00 ET

Half of Learner Drivers 'Panicked' By Parallel Parking

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Oct. 5, 2009) - Leaner drivers are terrified of parallel parking according to a survey by Swinton.

A survey of 1,500 learner divers found that 51% are 'panicked' by the prospect of parallel parking with a further 22% 'terrified' about reversing around a corner.

The thought of stalling the car strikes fear in to the hearts of just 21% of learners and only 8% were worried about failing their theory test. When questioned about their practical test 81% expect to pass first time with just 12% believing that they'd fail.

16% claimed to dislike turning right at a T-junction and admitted to sometimes driving 'the long way round' to avoid the manoeuvre.

Of those questioned, 71% said that they get frustrated when an instructor uses dual controls during a lesson and a further 32% said that their instructor gossiped about other pupils.

Steve Chelton, Insurer Development Manager for Swinton, the UK's leading high street car insurance retailer, said: "Learning to drive can be nerve-racking and quite frustrating for some people. It's a long and slow process that requires concentration and patience. Learners must learn to overcome any anxieties and try to remain calm, as nerves can often inhibit their ability to drive safely and make rational decisions."

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- With a dedicated team of advisors on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates

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