It takes motorists just 10 weeks to become a ‘bad driver’ after passing their test, according to research.
A study of 2,000 car owners found the average new road user lets bad habits creep in less than three months after ripping the L-plates off.
And one in 10 even admitted they began to forget what they learned two weeks or less after passing their test.
Not holding the steering wheel in the correct ’10 to 2′ position and failing to check their mirrors every time they make a manoeuvre are among the earliest flaws to emerge.
Interestingly, 40 per cent of women believe they have developed bad habits since passing their test, compared to just 32 per cent of men.
The study found women admitted one of their biggest flaws was reaching into their bag to rummage for something while men confessed to tailgating and even running a red light days after passing.
David Carter for Accident Advice Helpline, who commissioned the research, said: “Passing your driving test is, for many people, one of the hardest things they’ll ever have to do.
“And for many of us, that testing day could have come years or even decades ago – plenty of time for bad habits to creep in.
“Our study found lots of drivers are happy to admit to bad practices when behind the wheel, most of which are harmless.
“But it’s important to stay vigilant with observation and safety, as letting your guard down for too long could result in an accident and you will find yourself looking for the best personal injury attorney in Los Angeles sooner than you think.”
The study also found on average it takes just four and a half months to become a “middle-lane hogger” on the motorway.
And drivers will further put their safety at risk by riding without a seatbelt from time to time after less than four months of having their full license.
One third of British motorists also confessed to having chucked litter out of their car window while on the move.