A new study from Co-op Insurance suggests that more than a third (36%) of the UK’s young drivers don’t believe that the driving test is fit for purpose as it ‘doesn’t fully prepare them for driving after passing their driving test’.
35% of the 1,000 young drivers aged 17-25 years who were interviewed felt ‘partly prepared’ to take to the roads on their own after passing their test – and 1% didn’t feel at all prepared.
75% of those interviewed said motorway driving should be added to the driving test and more than half (57%) want to see night time driving included. 50% supported a mandatory number of lessons before being able to take a test, and 39% believe that sat nav training should be included in the test.
The overwhelming majority (98%) of those questioned considered themselves to be safe drivers, with 42% of these believing their driving to be ‘very safe’.
However, in contrast, when asked to rate their peers’ driving 70% agreed with the generalisation that young people are more dangerous than other age groups.
James Hillon, Co-op Insurance, said: “Newly qualified drivers today are facing busier road conditions than any other generation.
“It’s extremely important for road safety that anyone who passes their driving test, regardless of age, feels comfortable and equipped to drive on the roads unsupervised.
“Insurers have a key role to play in keeping the UK’s roads safe with telematics technology playing an important part in this.
“At the Co-op we believe that educating people about their own driving styles and where improvements can be made is an invaluable tool in combating bad driving behaviours.”