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Which Occupation Owns The Roads as The UK’s Best Drivers?

From Accountants to Teachers, everyone likes to think of themselves as being a great driver. However, when it actually comes down to it, only one profession can boast the title of being Britain’s best behind the wheel.

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New research conducted by Car Finance experts Zuto suggests that there is a potential link between drivers who are most likely to break the rules of the road, to what they do for a living. The results have identified the professions with the best and worst driving skills.

The main points from the survey concluded that:

  • Estate agents revealed as the UK’s best drivers
  • Police Officers and Farmers come in 2nd and 3rd respectively 
  • Chefs are the most patient when it comes to parking 

The survey revealed that a career in the property industry is the way forward. Zuto’s findings show that drivers who work as estate agents are the best drivers overall. The experience of driving from property to property, and knowledge of the local area has clearly made Estate Agents safe drivers on the road. A massive 80% have never received a speeding fine and a further 92% have never run a red light.

  • 43% of Estate Agents rate themselves as being a very safe driver
  • 90% of Estate Agents have 0 points on their license
  • 80% of Estate Agents have not had a speeding fine

The professions who boasted the best driving skills overall were:

  1. Estate Agents
  2. Police Officers
  3. Farmers
  4. Chefs
  5. Artists

In contrast, over half (54%) of Accountants admitted to receiving a speeding fine, more than any other occupation listed.  One in ten of those guilty of speeding were repeat offenders, with an average of five fines compared to the national average of 1 (48%). It seems that a desire to be out of their suits and on the sofa is what is driving accountants to disobey limits, as a quarter (26%) doing so to get home sooner. The survey revealed that 15% of Accountants have 3 points on their license.

Interestingly, high-stress careers, such as those in the healthcare profession, struggle most with obeying road rules. The survey revealed that over 50% of Bank Managers, Accountants and Doctors have received a speeding fine. Trickier manoeuvres, like the parallel park, test the patience of those in Marketing and Recruitment.

  • Worst at parallel parking – Recruitment professionals
  • Worst at three-point turns – Marketers
  • Worst at stopping at Zebra crossings – Doctors
  • Worst at indicating – Artists
  • Worst at obeying traffic lights – Nurses

It is interesting to see how occupation influences good and bad driving habits. What do you make of this survey? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

In conjunction with the survey, Zuto are running a competition for anyone who can correctly answer a question relating to this story! See https://www.zuto.com/blog/which-workers-are-the-nation-s-best-drivers/ for info.

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Atomik polled 2,004 people on behalf of Zuto.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+).



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