15m car insurance customers 'would fail driving test now'

Monday, 02 August 2010

As many as 15 million car insurance customers would fail their driving test if they had to retake it now, according to new research.

The study, which was conducted by What Car? magazine found around half of the UK's motorists have picked up a number of bad driving habits, meaning they would struggle to pass their test today.

Road safety charities are now calling for compulsory tests for drivers over the course of their lifetime, or for voluntary refresher training to be encouraged.

Commenting on the findings, Brake's deputy chief executive Julie Townsend told the Daily Express: "This adds to the weight of the argument that drivers ought to be retested on a regular basis throughout their driving careers - particularly when they get older."

Earlier this year, the Institute of Advanced Motorists called for improvements to be made to the standard driving test to take the changing road conditions drivers face into account.

Posted by Rebecca Mellor
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