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"Dorset Drivers Forgetting Rules of the Road"


6:56am 21st May 2014

It seems Dorset drivers quickly forget the highway code once they've passed their test.

A survey has thrown up shocking stats about what we think, as opposed to what we know.

And we haven't even got to think about motorway rules unless we go over Dorset's county borders.

The Privilege Car Insurance survey, reveals that almost half (44 per cent) of drivers in the South West don't know that there isn't a minimum speed limit on motorways, and almost one in five (18 per cent) are even observing a fictional - and potentially dangerous - minimum motorway limit of 50 miles per hour.

Motoring journalist Maria McCarthy says the data they've found is pretty shocking;

"In Dorset 25% of people don't know that a new car needs an MOT after 3 years. Only 16%  of people know the minimum legal tyre tread is 1.6mm."

When it comes to teaching others to drive only a quarter (26%) per cent of us know that in order to take a learner driver out for a lesson or supervise a practice session, the supervisor must be over 21-years-old and must have three years driving experience. 

Maria went on to talk about her favourite stretch of road through the county;

"It passes though such lovely countryside. You drive along and see these thatched cottages and you think, this is what driving should be like, opposed to thundering along a motorway stuck behind a huge lorry. The A35 though Dorset does have that kind of 1950's motoring dream feel to it."

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