Estate agents own the roads as the UK’s best drivers

Want to become a model motorist as part of your New Year makeover? Then changing lanes in your career might help clear-up your bad habits behind the wheel.

New research conducted by car finance experts, Zuto, suggests that there is a potential link between drivers who are most likely to break the rules of the road and what they do for a living.

It seems if you’re driven to succeed both on and off the roads, a career in the property industry is the way forward. Zuto’s findings show that drivers who work as estate agents are the best overall. The experience of driving from property to property, and knowledge of their local area has clearly made them as ‘safe as houses’ on the road, with a massive 80% having never received a speeding fine and a further 92% having never even run a red light.

The professions who boasted the best driving skills overall were:

In contrast, over half (54%) of accountants admitted to receiving a speeding fine, more so than any other occupation listed. One in ten (10%) of those guilty of speeding were repeat offenders, with an average of five fines compared to the national average of 1 (48%). It seems a desire to be out of their suits and on the sofa is what’s driving accountants to disobey limits, with a quarter (26%) doing so to get home sooner.

Interestingly, high-stress careers, such as those in the healthcare profession, struggle most with obeying road rules. Trickier manoeuvres, like the parallel park, test the patience of those in marketing and recruitment.

James Wilkinson, CEO of Zuto said: “From those who sit behind a desk to those saving lives, it seems that no matter how professional you are in the workplace, people aren’t taking as much pride in their skills out on the roads.

Although we wouldn’t advise any car-lovers to base their career plans on our findings, it’s time the rest of us lived up to Estate Agent standards and transferred our hard-working mind-set to the roads.”


Notes to Editors: Atomik polled 2,004 people on behalf of Zuto. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+).

About Zuto

In 2006, James Wilkinson and Ryan Dignan were working in classified ad sales and had a realisation. Getting finance after you've chosen a car doesn't give you much choice or control. Customers weren't getting the best rates, and a lot had bad experiences waiting on forecourts to find out if they could buy the car. They decided that customers deserve better, so they set up Car Loan 4U to change the way people finance their cars and give the power back to the car buyer. Several years later, Car Loan 4U has now rebranded as Zuto, and as a team of over 250 partners, all of whom share that original vision.

In February 2014, the company secured £8M investment from Scottish Equity Partners and in March of the same year achieved 83rd place in the Sunday Times Best Small Companies to work for survey. In April 2014, the business appointed David Kelly, formerly of ebay, Amazon and lastminute.com as Chairman. In Autumn of the same year, Car Loan 4U was one of 66 UK companies to rank in the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA 2014; a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology companies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

In 2015, Car Loan 4U has changed to Zuto. It is ranked as one of the Top 10 Tech Companies in the North by Northern Tech and has been awarded Intermediary of the Year at the Motor Finance Europe Awards in addition to ranking for a second year running (no. 28) in the Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100.

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