Driving test not fit for purpose, say IAM

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 15:40
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UNFIT: Is UK’s driving test tough enough?

Two in three young drivers believe they need to improve their skillset, research by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has revealed.

A sizeable 68% of 18-25-year-olds admit they feel they are not good enough drivers, while 30% admit to breaking the law during their first few years on the road.

Twenty-five per cent of young drivers also admit they have crashed.

Simon Best, Chief Executive of the IAM, said:  “This survey shows that younger drivers simply don’t feel adequately prepared for independent driving.

“The current learning system is failing the next generation of motorists and there needs to be serious review.

“Early experience of a wide range of traffic conditions is vital but so is dealing with negative attitudes.

“This can be done most effectively through peer group discussions rather than just relying on stricter controls and curfews.”