IAM believes UK driving test ‘not up to scratch’

19th January 2015

IAM believes UK driving test 'not up to scratch'

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has highlighted concerns regarding the reliability of the present UK driving test in preparing motorists for the dangers they are likely to face when driving.

Figures published by the Department for Transport show young drivers in the UK are the most at-risk group in terms of being involved in accidents and suffering fatal injuries, with 191 people under the age of 24 killed in road traffic incidents on the UK's roads in 2013.

As such, the organisation is calling on the government to consider new measures to improve the skills and understanding of young people regarding the dangers of the open road.

IAM director of policy and research Neil Greig stated: "The driving test needs to become a much more integrated part of a graduated licensing system that picks up on best practice from around the world.

"For instance, Austria has a 'second phase' licensing system, where young drivers come back in the 12 months after the test for a further three interventions to examine attitude changes and skills."

According to Mr Greig, the number of young male driver fatalities in Austria has fallen by more than one-third since this new graduated training approach was introduced.

It therefore highlights the positive impact that such a considered focus on young driver training can have on road safety in general and could act as a template to drive up standards.

In addition, the American model of incorporating driver training and road safety practicalities into the school syllabus was also cited by the IAM and could prove advantageous in improving young driver safety in the UK.

Mr Greig concluded: "[The UK needs] a much more integrated training system that embeds continuous improvement into new drivers' minds."