76% of UK motorists are confident that they would pass their practical driving test first time if they had to take it again, according to a survey carried out by GEM Motoring Assist.
However, the survey also revealed that fewer than 50% believe they would pass the theory test, while 41% were unsure how they would fare. And only 35% believe they are as familiar with the Highway Code now as when they first took the test.
More than 26% of respondents said that parking would be the biggest challenge in the practical test, with reversing voted as the second most likely cause for failure, closely followed by city driving. Not a single motorist said that dual carriageway driving would cause them to fail and 74% of motorists said they would be less nervous re-taking their test now than when they first did so.
David Williams MBE, CEO of GEM Motoring Assist, said: “It’s great to see that, as a nation, we are very confident in our driving ability. It would certainly be a worry to have motorists on our roads who believe their driving has got worse.
“However, it is less pleasing that drivers seem to have forgotten everything about the theory test since they passed it however many years ago. A lack of knowledge of the Highway Code could lead to a serious accident so we do urge drivers to keep as up to date as possible.”