Would you get in the car with your 16-year-old self behind the wheel? This is what most drivers say

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The average driving lesson will consist of five yells to "brake!" four reaches for the steering wheel by the teacher and six attempts to reach for the nonexistent brake at the instructor's feet, according to new research.

A study of 2,000 American drivers revealed over a third (35%) have taught someone to drive and nine in ten found it to be a harrowing experience.

Of those who found the role of driving instructor extremely stressful two in five (40%) asked someone else to take over the lessons because it was too much for their nerves. 

The trickiest skills to pass onto driving students were parallel parking (16%), changing lanes (12%) and merging onto the highway (12%).

Sixty-seven percent of those who taught a person to drive confessed it was way scarier to teach driving lessons than to receive them.

All in all, three in four (76%) are now more appreciative of the person who taught them to drive after getting in the passenger seat with their own student. 

The survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of TrueCar found 46% of all respondents think their instructor was afraid to get in the car with them back in the day.

Over half (53%) confessed they would be afraid to get in a car with their 16-year-old selves today.

When the average person learned to drive they had five "close calls" that almost resulted in an accident, though one in five did get in an accident while learning to drive and the same number actually damaged the vehicle.

The most common mishaps to happen on the road during a lesson were not checking their mirrors (32%), not checking all directions before moving into traffic (25%) and cutting tight corners (24%).

One in five (22%) also confessed to being easily distracted and 23% forgot to use turn signals. 

"Learning to drive can be a stressful experience for both the student and the teacher, but it's certainly a memorable one.  In fact, almost six in ten drivers over the age of 55 say they still remember the vehicle they learned to drive in," said Wendy McMullin, Director of Consumer Insights at TrueCar.

Learning to drive is a life-long memory and many respondents credit their skills on the road to their instructor. 

Seven in ten respondents think of themselves as good drivers because of who taught them. 

Dads were the most likely people to teach the rules of the road as 46% credit their fathers as their driving teachers. 

Almost a third (32%) said it was a friend who helped them master getting behind the wheel while 23% were taught by a sibling. 

One in five (22%) learned from a hired driving instructor and mothers taught the same number.

TrueCar's McMullin added, "Given all of the close calls and actual accidents associated with learning to drive, it's important to be confident in the safety of your student driver's vehicle.  Be sure to check safety features and user verified vehicle reviews on TrueCar as a part of your shopping process."