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News weekly update: bad habits

Bad habits — everyone has one. But which is the worst age group of motorists when it comes to bad driving habits, and what bad habits do homeowners make when they go on holiday? We'll also look at how running a car costs less than bus and rail fares.

Research reveals generation of drivers with worst driving habits

A speed camera.

It may be youngest drivers that have the reputation for having the worst driving habits, but a poll carried out by AA Tyres has revealed this title actually belongs to drivers aged between 25 and 34.

When it came to bad driving habits, this age group were found to commit 11 out of 12. These included:

  • Late breaking (87%)
  • Driving while tired (87%)
  • Using technology behind the wheel (87%)
  • Tailgating (71%).

The most common rule-breaking motorists of all ages admitted to was exceeding the speed limit, with nearly nine in 10 (89%) of the 21,741 AA members questioned confessing to having done so in the past year and more than a quarter (26%) saying they broke the speed limit every week.

There was one bad habit that youngest drivers aged between 18 and 24 were the worst at, though: littering their vehicle.

Car running costs cheaper than bus and rail fares

According to official data from the Department for Transport (DfT), drivers in the UK are enjoying some of the lowest running costs for decades.

Between 1980 and 2015, the cost of running a car in the UK fell by almost a fifth (19%), including factors such as buying a vehicle and fuelling it.

But, during the same period, bus and coach fares rose by 61% and train fares increased by 65%. Consequently, the popularity of public transport has fallen.

The data also revealed there was a 10% decrease in car running costs between 2010 and 2015. But, bus fares grew by 5% and train ticket prices by 7%.

While these figures could drive increased investment in building new roads and the drop-off in taxes for fuel-efficient vehicles, campaigners have repeated calls for the Government to invest in public transport routes and cut public transport fees.

UK homeowners' top security mistakes when they go on holiday

When leaving to go on holiday, many of us panic we've forgotten something, be it turning off the oven or locking the back door.

While this is normally an irrational panic, it seems some of us really should worry. In fact, new research has revealed nearly half of British households make basic security mistakes, leaving their houses vulnerable to thieves while they're away.

The top security mistakes British householders make are:

  1. Forgetting to lock sheds
  2. Leaving something out that could be used to break a window
  3. Leaving windows open
  4. Having deliveries hidden in the garden or outside the house
  5. Leaving ladders in the garden
  6. Hiding spare keys in the garden or under a plant pot
  7. Sharing holiday pictures on social media
  8. Leaving tall items under a window.

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