Drivers from the Midlands are the most fuel efficient in Britain, according to a new report from oil company Shell.
As part of its Smarter Driver Initiative, Shell sought to identify the differences between drivers from across the UK. For safety and fuel efficiency, it was motorists from the Midlands who came out with all the plaudits, having finished top in both categories.
The least safe and fuel efficient, however, were those from Wales or the South West of England. This was especially true among those aged between 18 and 30, who were deemed to be the worst of all, roadmagazine.blogspot.com reports.
The results were obtained by finding out how smoothly motorists from across the UK would typically drive. As gentle acceleration and smooth breaking are known to be fuel efficient, these went on to determine just how environmentally considerate Britain's drivers actually are.
On the issue of safety, motorists were quizzed on the footwear they use when behind the wheel, to see just how well they are able to control the car. Shell discovered that some drivers took to their vehicles in high heels, whilst others drove entirely barefoot.
Despite young drivers being identified as the most unsafe behind the wheel, 57 per cent of those surveyed believed they were better drivers than anyone else on the road.
Commenting on the results, Shell's smarter driving ambassador, Carol Vorderman, told dailymail.co.uk: "Today's challenge is about helping all British drivers understand just how easy it is to drive more fuel efficiently today."