The best age to pass the driving test is 25, according to research figures out today.
Those who pass at 25 have the best balance of low motoring convictions and low accident rates, said insurance company Admiral.
It added that the younger you are when you pass your test, the more likely you are to have a motoring conviction in the first five years of motoring.
Accidents and claims
Also, those who do not pass until they are a little older tend to have the worst motoring records as they are more likely to have had an accident and made an insurance claim by the time they throw away their L-plates.
Based on data from more than a million motorists, the Admiral figures showed that men pass their driving test at a younger age than women, with 44% of them passing before they are 19, compared with 37% of women.
As many as 59% of men, but just 46% of women, pass their driving test the first time, while 7% of women take more than three attempts to pass their test compared with 4% of men.
Overall, 18 is the most common age to pass the test, with 23% of motorists doing so. Only 39% reach the age of 21 before they pass their test.
Motorists in Wimborne, Dorset, pass at the lowest average age – 19.4 years. They are followed by motorists in Peterhead, Scotland, and the Bitton and Warmley areas of Bristol.
The area with the oldest average age for people passing their test is Maida Vale in north-west London, with a figure of 21.9 years. This is followed by the London areas of Peckham and Stoke Newington, with the top 20 areas of the UK with the highest average age for passing the driving test all being in London.
Admiral managing director Sue Longthorn said: ‘Our research shows that the age you pass your driving test does indeed affect your driving record. If you pass your test when you are 17 or 18 there is a higher probability that you will have a conviction for a motoring offence such as speeding or careless driving.
‘Conversely, the older you are when you pass your test, there is a much higher probability that you will have an accident at some time. This could be because people who pass at an older age have failed their driving test a number of times, and could therefore be weaker drivers.’
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