54% of Drivers Wouldn't Pass Their Test if Re-taken, Study Finds

54% of Drivers Wouldn't Pass Their Test if Re-taken, Study Finds

Posted 12 May, 2021 at 12:30

Author Mark Bradshaw on behalf of (IFM) Independent Forecourt Magazine


MORE THAN HALF OF BRITS WOULD NOT PASS THEIR DRIVING TEST IF RE-TAKEN NOW

  • 54% of Brits would not pass a driving theory test if taken again
  • 70% of drivers unable to answer questions from the Highway Code correctly
  • More than half (56%) Brits think the rules are common sense and don’t need to re-read Highway Code rules

MORE THAN half (54%) of British drivers confess that they would not pass their theory test again if re-taken at short notice, according to new research.

According to a new survey commissioned by Rooster Insurance, a staggering 70% of drivers answered basic questions from the Highway Code, incorrectly.

In addition, more than half (52%) of over 35-year-olds have never refreshed their knowledge of the highway code, despite 1 in 10 (12%) committing a motoring offence in the past five years.

The news comes as updates to the Highway Code, which see horse riders, cyclists and pedestrians being given greater priority, are to be introduced with greater onus being put on drivers to protect more vulnerable road users.

Younger drivers (25–34-year-olds) seem more likely to be picked up on their poor driving, with 83% admitting that they have been warned by the police.

However, mature drivers (35–44-year-olds) are also surprisingly in the wrong too with 37% also admitting they have had run ins with the police about their driving.

Richard Tucker, founder at Rooster Insurance, comments: “The Highway Code is regularly updated to keep all drivers on the road safe and the newest update is designed to improve road safety for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders.

“It’s essential for motorists to understand the new rules in order to make journeys as safe as possible and reduce the possibilities of conflict or accidents. By simply reading the latest updates to the Highway Code as soon as they are realised will mean drivers are ensuring they know all the current safety rules – learning how to be safe on the road shouldn’t stop as soon as you pass your test, it should continue long after.”

Rooster Insurance is a brand new way for good drivers to buy car insurance. Drivers download the Rooster Insurance app on Apple or Android, drive around for about three weeks, then get a premium based primarily on their driving behaviour.

For more information and to take the test and get a quote, please visit joinrooster.co.uk

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