A recent study by LV= Car Insurance has highlighted that those who pass their driving test the first time around are the worst at driving. Motorists who took three or more attempts to pass their test are the best drivers with the fewest collisions.
The research found that first-time passers were not only more likely to be involved in a collision but also were more likely to demonstrate poor driving habits. First-time and second-time passers were more likely to be pulled over for driving dangerously or driving under the influence of drink or drugs.
Out of the 2,004 motorists in the study, 18% of people who passed their test first or second time had been pulled over for drink driving or driving under the influence of drugs. From those who passed their test after the 3rd attempt or more, only 9% had been pulled over for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Similarly, out of the 2,004 surveyed, a mean number of 0.53 motorists who passed their test on the first or second attempt had been pulled over for dangerous driving compared to 0.36 times for motorists who passed in 3 or more attempts.
“It seems that those who pass on their first attempt may be more rash once they take to the road. So if you fail your first time, you could take comfort in the fact that your natural nervousness or caution will serve you well once you get a licence.” Selwyn Fernandes, Managing Director of LV= Car Insurance
People who do not pass their test on the first attempt claim that it was nerves and a lack of confidence that was to blame. This cautiousness from the time they are learning and taking their test seems to continue to the time that they are on the road which makes a more careful and safe driver.
On the other hand, motorists who pass their test on the first go can probably thank their confidence for not failing. However the results of the study reflect that first-time passers are over-confident and too self-assured in their own driving ability; in fact people who pass first time are most likely to describe their driving as ‘perfect’.
The Department for Transport urges learners to take their test only when they are ‘road ready’ to discourage drivers who are too keen to get their licence. A recent revamp to the driving test procedure has introduced a deposit which is returned to the driver if they pass, which is expected to encourage learners to attempt the test only when they are truly ready.