Many Brits Can't Drive - in Theory


British Driving Test

Drive on.  We'll sweep up the blood later!

- Katharine Hepburn

It's 70th Birthday...

A third of motorists fear they would not pass their pass driving test if forced to take it again.  A survey to celebrate the 70th birthday of the test reveals many drivers never learnt their Highway Code.  The majority of drivers do not know the stopping distance for a car going at 70mph.  And a quarter believe it's okay to overtake on the inside lane of a motorway.  Insurance spokesman Ian Parker said: "From our research, it appears that very few drivers would pass the theory element of today's test."  The theory examination was introduced in 1996.  Drivers who passed their test after this date failed 47% of the survey's questions, only marginally better than those who passed before the test.  The survey also revealed most drivers don't know it is the passenger's responsibility to wear a seatbelt if they are aged over 14. And nearly half don't know what green cats eyes are for.

Driving Test Knowledge

Did you know?

bulletThe driving test was introduced on 13 March 1935.
bulletWhen the test was brought in 70 years ago there were only 1.5 million registered vehicles.
bulletThe year before the compulsory test was brought in, 7,000 people were killed as a result of road accidents.
bulletIntroduced as a safety measure, it saw fatal and serious injuries fall by 17% within 3 years.
bulletHand signals were removed in 1975 and a video hazard perception test introduced in 2002.
bulletSince 1996, drivers have to pass the written Theory Test before they are able to take the practical driving test.
bulletTwo "Show me" "Tell me" questions involving vehicle safety were introduced at the beginning of the practical test in September 2003.
bulletThe Driving Standards Agency conducted 1.3 million tests for car drivers and 1.4 million theory tests in 2002/2003.
bulletThere are 1,635 driving test examiners in the UK and 31,000 people registered as driving instructors with the DSA.
bulletThe cost of taking a practical car driving test rose in December from £39 to £42.


See also:

bulletLearning Your Chinese Highway Code - The most memorable question was: "If you come across a road accident victim, whose intestines are lying on the road, should you pick them up and push them back in?"
bulletDutch Driving Test - Are you allowed to stay behind this bike?

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