A new study has discovered worrying levels of ignorance when it comes to road signs around the country. Read more Quiz: Can you identify what these European road signs mean? A test of drivers’ knowledge by Leasing Options found that many were confused by some of the lesser-known roadside warnings but a frightening 23 per cent of those asked couldn’t identify the national speed limit symbol and almost as many thought an 80mph sign was a real fixture. Questioned on their abilities, 75 per cent of motorists admitted they thought they would fail the current driving theory test, and 40 per cent agreed that there was a lack of understanding around UK road signs. Read more: Quiz: Could you pass a 2018 driving theory test? Mike Thompson, sales and marketing director at Leasing Options, said: “This was a fun piece of research but there is a serious message. “Road signs are important for public safety and so it’s a concern that there seems to be such … [Read more...] about Quiz: can you tell the real road signs from the fakes?
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LESS than half of potential new drivers pass their theory test, according to recent figures. And the Department for Transport is blaming the UK's overuse of road signs for the high failure rate. A report by the DfT called for a number of traffic signs to be binned after it found the overuse of signage around the country was too complicated, labelling many "humiliating". Just 48 per cent of the 1.9million potential drivers taking their theory test in the last year passed, with many attributing failure to confusion over road signs. Information provided by the Driving Vehicle Standards Agency revealed that from April 2016 to March 2017 a staggering 1,952,226 people took their theory test, with just 950,210 people passing. And it wasn't just young learners who struggled with the UK's confusing traffic signals. Incredibly, the highest percentage of women passing were 17-years-old, with a 54 per cent success rate, while 33-year-old men were most successful. The written theory test for … [Read more...] about Less than HALF of new drivers pass their theory test – and ‘humiliating’ road signs are to blame
Failing to check properly at junctions has been revealed as the number one reason learner drivers fail their practical test. A lack of control and an inability to reverse were also among the key issues that saw drivers being denied a full licence. Lack of observation A new study looked at the last 11 years of practical test results from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to uncover which areas are most likely to catch out candidates. Observation at junctions – or the lack of it – came out as the primary reason for failures, with failing to properly use mirrors while changing direction the second most common cause. Reversing problems Reverse parking and reversing round a corner took the third spot on the list of most common failures, with loss of control and errors while turning right from a junction rounding out the top five. The analysis of the data was carried out by warranty provider Warranty Direct. Its chief executive officer, Simon Ackers, commented: … [Read more...] about Top reasons for driving test failures revealed
There are less than three months to go until the practical driving test changes come into effect. Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has released new videos to help learner drivers gear up for the modifications to the test, due to roll out on Monday December 4. The more stringent test will see FOUR major changes learners will have to adhere to including a "show me" question while operating the vehicle. DVSA chief driving examiner, Lesley Young, said: “DVSA’s priority is to help you through a lifetime of safe driving.” Read More In other driving-related news “Asking a 'show me' question while driving will be valuable preparation for real life driving. “With less than three months to go until the driving test changes, it’s important that learner drivers work with their driving instructor to make sure they can operate the in car-controls safely whilst they’re driving. "Combined with practice with an instructor, these new official … [Read more...] about Video shows major changes to driving test
A recent poll of over 1,400 motorists, has revealed that many drivers are a bit rusty when it comes to the rules of the road, with many confused about new driving protocol, laws, penalties and roadside etiquette. The survey, commissioned by Jardine Motors Group, highlighted that 56 per cent of respondents were unaware that if you curse a fellow motorist you could be fined up to 75 per cent of your weekly income, whilst 48 per cent didn’t know that it is illegal to pay for your food or coffee using your smart phone at a drive-thru, if your engine is on and handbrake is off. One in seven also believed it was legal to use a hand-held phone when supervising a learner driver. Breakdown etiquette was also identified as a bit of a grey area with 54 per cent of respondents unsure of what to do in the event that they break down on the side of the motorway with an animal in the car. Perhaps the most surprising was that a quarter of drivers also struggled to correctly identify a UK traffic … [Read more...] about It’s illegal to pay for drive-thru with your smartphone