Half of drivers 'would struggle to pass test' Poll shows 50% lack confidence in their abilities

18 May 2009

Half of those questioned thought they'd struggle to pass a driving test

Half of those questioned thought they'd struggle to pass a driving test

A new poll shows 50% of drivers think they would struggle to pass their driving test if they were made to take it again.

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The survey for AA Driving School found drivers take just a year to forget the key points from the practical and theory parts of the test. Manoeuvring is the first skill to go, while 17% forget what they learnt about the Highway Code.

Those who passed the test between 16 and 25 years ago were most pessimistic about their chances of passing now, with even more (56%) reckoning they would fail than those who passed 26-50 years ago (55%).

Quitting driving

The poll of 2,000 people also showed that nearly one in six motorists have taken a break from driving for more than three years. Moving to an area with good public transport was the main reason to quit driving, followed by a lack of enjoyment of driving and letting a partner take the wheel.

AA president Edmund King said: ‘Having passed your driving test, it is easy to forget the key skills that qualify you to be on the road in the first place. Drivers, young or old, often lose confidence if they don't drive frequently.

'Whether you're a university graduate who hasn't driven since passing the test at 17, or a widow whose partner did all the driving, a refresher course can reinforce essential skills and safety.'

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