A survey by road safety organisation GEM Motoring Assist reveals that 76% of UK motorists are confident that they would pass their driving test first time if they had to take it again now with 67% being positive they would pass it if the test was taken today.
When looking at the theory test it is a different story with fewer than 50% believing they would pass and 41% unsure of what their result would be. Only 35% believe they are as familiar with the Highway Code now as when they took the test originally. David Williams MBE, CEO of GEM Motoring Assist, said “it’s great to see that, as a nation, we are very confident in our driving ability. It would certainly be a worry to have motorists on our roads who believe their driving has got worse. However, it is less pleasing that drivers seem to have forgotten everything about the theory test since they passed it however many years ago. A lack of knowledge of the Highway Code could lead to a serious accident so we do urge drivers to keep as up to date as possible.”
The survey also revealed that reversing would be the second most likely cause for failure, closely followed by city driving and 26% admitted that parking would be the biggest challenge in the practical test.