88% of UK drivers fail to answer FIVE basic theory questions.

The car insurance experts asked the nation five common driving theory questions in the survey:

(*Questions were sourced from Theory Test and represent essential road safety knowledge)

  1. What, if anything, do you think triangular road signs indicate?
  2. What lights, if any, do you think are appropriate to turn on when driving on the motorway at night, when there are cars ahead of you?
  3. What, if anything, do you think the legal speed limit on a motorway is, if no signs indicate otherwise?
  4. When driving on a wet road, what time gap, if any, do you think you need to leave between your car and the car in front of you?
  5. What, if anything, do you think you should do if you have to quickly slow down when driving on the motorway?

Independent Advisor Car Insurance can reveal that of all 2,010 drivers surveyed, only one in ten (11%) could answer all five common driving theory questions correctly. With the passing threshold *set at four out of five questions, an alarming 51% would have failed the driving test if retaken.

The weakest age group was 17 to 24-year-olds. Less than one in three (32%) provided four or more correct answers, with one in ten failing to get any correct.

The poor driving knowledge among novice drivers signals a troubling trend, especially given that drivers aged 17 to 24 were four times more likely to be in serious accidents than those over 25, according to latest government reports.


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