Car insurance: Experts call for new driving test

Tuesday, 01 August 2006

Experts at the Driving Instructors Association (DIA) have called for the driving test in Britain to be changed in order to concentrate more on essential driving skills.

The current test lasts for approximately 40 minutes but experts say that this is too short a time period and might only allow a learner to cover six miles. They say this amount of time often does not give the instructor adequate means to assess all essential driving skills.

Furthermore, much of the test time is devoted to two manoeuvres and assessing the feet and hands whilst driving. Experts say that more time should be devoted to assessing hazard perception awareness and decision-making.

It is often the case that drivers pass their test only to learn that they will be unable to get low cost motor insurance. This is because new drivers are often seen as dangerous on the roads.

If new drivers do have a crash then the chance of getting cheap car insurance diminishes. With a more in depth driving test it is hoped that the number of new drivers having accidents will decrease along with the number of road casualties.

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