Motorists say driving test is too easyMany say they feel unprepared for the roads

05 June 2007

 

Hands on car steering wheel

More than half of motorists think the driving test is too easy, it was revealed today.

And as many as 89 per cent of those who have passed the test in the last two years would like to see candidates given a tougher examination, a survey from insurance company Direct Line found.

Also, 75 per cent of driving instructors have serious concerns about the test.

Based on responses from 2,304 adults, the survey found that 54 per cent of all drivers found the test too easy and 21 per cent admitted they felt unprepared or incapable of driving alone after gaining a full licence.

Also, 19 per cent said they still struggled to drive at night, with 11 per cent being unhappy on motorways and 23 per cent feeling uncomfortable on icy roads.

Lack of skills

Of those who had passed their test in the last two years, 89 per cent said the test could be improved to better prepare them for the road while nearly a quarter said they had been involved in a car accident because of a lack of driving skills.

Nearly all of the 150 driving instructors questioned in a separate survey, and about half of the motorists polled, said the test should include motorway training.

Direct Line's motor spokeswoman Emma Holyer said: 'Road crashes are the number one killer of people in their teens and 20s in the UK.

'Our study has revealed the extent to which people feel the driving test has under-prepared them for the roads and, in the interests of safety, we are calling on the Driving Standards Agency to improve the test.'

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