Half of Brits have become worse drivers since passing their test

12th July 2017

Half of Brits have become worse drivers since passing their test

More than half of British motorists think they are a worse driver now than when they first passed their test.

Of the 2,400 drivers surveyed by Young Driver, which provides driving lessons to under-17s, 57 per cent reckoned their standard of driving had deteriorated since obtaining their licence.

Almost four in ten (39 per cent) thought they’d struggle to pass their test if they had to retake it now.

This rose to 46 per cent for the over-55s and 42 per cent for women, while the percentage slipped to 36 per cent for men.

In contrast, 43 per cent believed they had become a better driver since chucking out their L-plates.

Young Driver managing director Kim Stanton – a former off-road driving instructor and race driver – said most drivers know they’ve picked up bad habits over years and decades behind the wheel, which explains their wariness of facing an examiner again.

“In reality, we know experience makes a safer driver, and this is borne out in road safety statistics,” she commented.

Stats show that a fifth of newly-qualified drivers have an accident within six months of getting on the road, and almost 1,300 17-24 year olds are killed or seriously injured in road accidents each year.

The Young Driver Training initiative aims to instil good driving habits and give children as young as ten valuable experience on the road behind the wheel of a Vauxhall Corsa, as well as solid grounding and a head-start after passing their test.

Molly Benton, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “Learning the basics of driving at such a young age means new drivers arrive on the road with a more disciplined and mature attitude to driving. That can only be a good thing for improving safety on Britain’s roads.”