Are first time passers better drivers?
Drivers who pass their test first time are less likely to have an accident than those who take it several times, according to new research (Telegraph).
The study, commissioned by the DfT and carried out by TRL, found that first time passers were 15% less likely to be involved in a collision.
The research noted: “First time drivers were on average more confident about their driving abilities. They also reported making fewer inexperienced errors, but made more violations and more aggressive violations when driving.”
A second study by TRL showed that the chances of having an accident during the first six months after passing a test hinged on whether learner drivers were given extensive tuition on how to drive in town centres and in the rain, before they took their test.
From 4 October independent driving will be introduced to the driving test, where candidates will no longer be given step-by-step instructions by an examiner, but will be told to follow signs to a local landmark. The DSA has also removed driving test routes from the internet, making it harder for candidates to learn courses by rote.
Andrew Howard, the AA’s head of road safety, said: “If you pass a test first time, you are likely to be well prepared. It means you will have had the extra tuition and driven the extra miles.
“It also means that you will have gained the experience of driving in town, driving in the dark and in the rain, rather than just pottering around the test route."
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