Learning who the Worst Drivers in Britain are, is still far from your concern as a learner driver in a Driving School Colchester but seeing the significance of knowing this from a new study could help you have a glimpse of the complex world you’re getting into as you progress in your chosen career in driving.
You may be surprised to know that ironically, the highly skilled and educated medical professionals like doctors of medicine are number one offending drivers. These people are actually working as general practitioners who have been found to be the worst drivers in Britain for already a second year in a row. These drivers are topping in the list of most likely to make car insurance claims.
A study showed that more than a quarter of doctors or 28 % of them claimed on their car insurance in the past three years. This figure is two times higher than the national average of only 14 %. With all these figures, a learner driver could already think how complex the world of driving they’re going into.
Its complexity lies in a perplexing situation that if highly professional people, who are supposed to be highly disciplined individuals of our society being doctors in their chosen fields could make it to the top of the list of offenders, would it mean that non-professionals are more educated and law-abiding than them?
If you get in-depth, you’ll know the answer. A study showed such doctors’ offences can be traced not to their lack of discipline or unwillingness to follow the rules rather to the stress associated in the practice of their profession.
The study also showed that other medical professionals claimed second place in the list of offending drivers for already two consecutive years. This accounts 26.9 % of all hospital consultants who claimed their car insurance in the last three years. The counsellors for drug addiction got to the third spot with 25.6 %. The health visitors got to the fourth place with 24.9 %.
The non-health profession vocations got fifth and sixth places making them as the only group to make it to the top 10 of car insurance claims, whilst the probation officers got 24.4 % which is still in the fifth spot and environmental health officers are also in the sixth place at 23.6 %.
The remaining places in the top 10 professions most likely to claim are community nurses at 23.3 %, speech therapists at 23.2 %, dental surgeons at 22.9 % and clinical psychologists at 22.6 %. The occupations such as professional footballers, painters, couriers and plasterers have the lowest number of claims in their car insurance.
Andrew Smith, a professor who is an expert on health and occupational psychology opined that stress could have a dramatic effect on the body’s cognitive functions and its overall health. When people experience a stressful day, it’s often that they find themselves become absent-minded or especially clumsy as they struggle to concentrate on certain tasks.
In any context, stress symptoms can be a serious thing, and it can be potentially dangerous when you’re behind the steering wheel. So, as doctors and other medical professionals are doing highly stressful jobs, it’s not surprising that they had the highest proportion of claims in their car insurance. However, the incidents were usually minor bumps caused by lapses in driving concentration, so they weren’t serious accidents.