A new study of 2,000 motorists has discovered the areas of the country that are the worst for committing traffic offences. Commissioned by car finance provider Vantage Leasing, the study quizzed drivers across the country on various bad driving habits, as well as how many points they had on their licences and how many times it took them to pass their driving test.
It found that Welsh drivers tend to be the fastest on the roads – or perhaps Wales has the most omniscient traffic police. Either way, 45 per cent of those in Wales have been ticketed for driving over the speed limit. Scottish drivers were at the opposite end of the spectrum, and just 26 per cent have been caught speeding.
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Scotland's also the safest area for road traffic collisions – 46 per cent of Scottish drivers have been involved in an incident, while the figure rises to over 60 per cent in Northern Ireland.
The crowded capital, London, understandably fares badly in a few areas. More than 60 per cent of Londoners have been served with a parking fine, and the average London driver has dinged a car bumper while parking four times in the last five years.
The survey also bought to light some interesting statistics about Britain's average driver. Over 50 per cent of drivers have accumulated three points on their license in the past – and over 23 per cent have had six. The majority of these were gained through speeding – almost 84 per cent of drivers said that was how they got their points, with the next popular, disobeying traffic lights, at just nine per cent.
As for passing the driving test, a reassuring 47 per cent passed the first time – with a further 31 per cent taking two attempts. Scarily, eight respondents to the survey said it had taken them more than eight attempts to pass the test. Luckily, that only makes up 0.4 per cent in total – if spread across the country, it's not a figure worth worrying about.