Road rage – who are the UK’s best and worst drivers?

22nd June 2015


A new study has revealed Britain’s best and worst drivers with sales directors and service engineers among those regarded to have the poorest records.

Switching site, analysed more than six million car insurance quotes, and ranked occupations by the proportion of motorists with a driving conviction within the past five years.

The best

The research uncovered that risk is not a risky business as Britain’s best drivers were actually actuary professionals. Actuary professionals, who manage risk and uncertainty, had a conviction rate of just 3.3%, almost a third of the national average of 9.8%

Top ten law abiding occupations:

1 Actuary (3.3%)
2 Packer (3.7%)
3= Nursery assistant (4.2%)
3= Dinner assistant (4.2%)
5 Picker (4.4%)
6 Warehouseman (4.6%)
7 Waitress (4.7%)
8 Nursery worker (4.8%)
9= Playgroup assistant (4.9%)
9= Driving instructor (4.9%)

Parents may be relieved to know that, statistically, those working in a school are less likely to have a driving conviction than the rest of the UK. Nursery assistants and workers, playgroup assistants, teachers and teaching assistants all had a lower conviction rate than the national average. Head teachers, however, scored higher than the average.

Other occupations with a conviction rate lower than the national average included; driving instructors, at 4.9%, bus drivers with 8.2%, police officers at 8.8% and professional footballers, at 9.4%.

The worst

However according to the research, oil rig workers are the most reckless behind the wheel, with more than one in five, at 22.8%, having at least one conviction – that’s more than double the national average.

Top ten occupations with the highest proportion of convictions:

1 Oil rig crew (22.9%)
2= Sales director (21.1%)
2= Operations director (21%)
2= Managing director (20.9%)
5 Asbestos remover (19.9%)
6 Company director (19.7%)
7 Refrigeration engineer (19.6%)
8 Area manager (19.4%)
9= Service engineer (19.3%)
9= Site agent (19.2%)

Those with the word ‘director’ in their job title were also more likely to break the law while on the road. Out of the top ten most rule-breaking motorists, four of them had the title ‘director’.

Other motorists with a higher conviction rate than the UK average included couriers, at 18%, chauffeurs with 17.7%, barristers at 15.9%, lorry drivers with 13.8%, dentists, with 13% and journalists, at 12.7%.

Matt Oliver, car insurance spokesperson at commented: “Driving laws exist to help keep motorists, cyclists and pedestrians safe on the road. In addition to putting yourself and others at risk, racking up multiple driving convictions can have a serious impact on your ability to get insurance in the future and can increase insurance costs considerably.”

In one such example the comparison service found having a conviction for speeding on a public road (SP30) could increase an average premium by up to £72, while having two of these could raise car insurance costs by as much as £118.

“This means that the total cost for getting two speeding convictions in a year could be as much as £238 when the two £60 fines and additional insurance costs are taken into consideration,” added Oliver.

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