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'Rusty' drivers prone to errors

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People who have not driven a car for six months are four times more likely than regular drivers to make serious safety errors, a new study shows.

A study by Lloyds TSB found that nearly 100,000 road accidents in 2008 were caused by "rusty" drivers who had not been on the roads for months.

Lack of practice in those returning to driving after a long break has caused the "serious deficiencies" in areas such as speeding, clutch control and steering, the study said.

Karen McCarthy, of Lloyds, said: "There is no substitute for practice and anyone thinking of getting behind the wheel after a long break needs to think really carefully about the risks.

"A simple refresher lesson or practice in a low traffic area can make a huge difference to your confidence and road awareness."

© Press Association 2009