Would you pass your driving test?Three of our guinea pigs failed

16 October 2009

Would you pass your driving test?

Would you pass your driving test?

New research by Which? Car has shown just how quickly standards can deteriorate after passing the driving test.

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Three of the five motorists who retook their tests for the latest edition of the magazine failed – including 21-year-old Emily Wells, who had held her licence for less than three years.

She picked up 17 ‘standard’ driving faults during her retest – two more than the accepted number for a pass. But it wasn’t only new drivers who failed.

Serious faults

Tim Pitt, 30, picked up 11 faults, but one was serious – forgetting to signal off a roundabout – so he failed too. And Mr X, an anonymous 54-year-old participant, notched up two serious faults.

But Which? Car deputy editor Claire Evans, 44, and retired 64-year-old Jim Hart both passed the test, picking up nine and 11 standard faults respectively.

The results come as the government begins to overhaul the driving test. In September, a new ‘case study’ question was added to the theory test. And from October 2010, the practical test will feature a new 10-minute section of independent driving.

Tougher driving test

Which? Car editor Richard Headland said: ‘As the driving test is getting tougher, it’s a good time to reassess your skills – or lack of them. We recommend that even experienced drivers take refresher or advanced driving courses over the years, which not only improve driving, but may also lower insurance premiums.’

  • The full article ‘Pass Masters?’ appears in the winter 2009/10 issue of Which? Car magazine, available exclusively at Sainsbury’s stores.


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