One third of Brits ‘would fail if they took their driving test again’

Nearly 12 million motorists admit that they would not pass if they had to retake their driving tests, according to research from car insurance price comparison site

Over one in three (39 per cent) 35 to 44-year-olds think that they would fail their driving test if they had to retake it. The fact that a quarter of this age category took more than three attempts to pass their driving tests might explain such a lack of confidence.

But 17 to 24-year-olds are far more confident – 76 per cent believe that they would pass their driving test if they had to take it again – although 65 per cent admit to frequently driving either with one hand on the wheel, or over the speed limit.

Will Thomas, head of motor insurance at, believes that the survey’s finding that 1.5 million motorists think that the hard shoulder can be used for overtaking, resting or making a call is "possibly the most alarming".

He said: "It is worth trying to recognise and rectify any habits, as well as frequently reacquainting yourself with the Highway Code."

Written by Helen Shakira


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