The young driver insurer ingenie is calling for the Highway Code to be taught in schools following a quiz hosted on its website in which more than 80% of participants didn’t know basic national road rules and signs.
82% of those who participated failed to recognise national road rules and signs, and more than one third got less than 50% of the questions right. Ingenie says the assessment, based on a selection of questions taken directly from the modern theory test, shows that ‘young drivers are at risk due to a lack of knowledge’.
Ingenie also conducted a social experiment to see if two experienced drivers could pass a test on road rules, 20 years after passing their driving theory tests. The experiment (featured in the video above) shows ‘Tracey’ and ‘Lester’ failing the road quiz ‘quite spectacularly’.
As a result of the findings, ingenie is calling for parents and schools to introduce under-17s to the Highway Code, along with hazard perception and driving theory, to give them a ‘head start’ with their grasp of road knowledge.
Richard King, ingenie CEO, says, "It’s worrying that even experienced drivers aren’t showing basic Highway Code knowledge, which every driver should have to keep themselves and other road users safe.
“If schools introduce the Highway Code and hazard perception to pupils before they even reach driving age, we can build an entire generation of better, safer drivers.”
The experiment is part of ingenie’s ‘parent manifesto’, a series of activities designed to educate parents on how to get more involved when their child is learning to drive. The manifesto will comprise five stages to be released over the next few months, with each stage introducing parents to another way they can help their child drive safely.