New drivers admit to picking up bad habits within just three weeks of passing test

  • Over a third (34%) of drivers who passed the newly introduced driving test, admit to allowing bad habits to creep in within just three weeks, compared to one in five (21%) of those who passed the old test (pre December 2017)

  • Despite a stricter test, nearly half (47%) of new drivers still drive with one hand on the wheel and one in five (22%) admit to speeding

  • One in five (21%) newly qualified drivers do not feel confident using a sat nav, despite it being included in the new test

19th June 2018: When it comes to picking up bad driving habits, new research out today reveals that it takes new drivers just three weeks after passing their test for these to creep in. This news comes despite the introduction of a new and stricter driving test last December.

The research from Compare the Market, which polled newly qualified drivers to see how they fared on the roads, versus those who passed the old driving test, found that despite the new test, a third (34%) of drivers admit to falling into bad habits, compared to only one in five (21%) of those who passed the old test.

After four weeks, newly qualified drivers worsen further still, with nearly half (45%) admitting to bad habits compared to just 28% of those who passed the old test.
    
The new test was revised to closer represent “real-world driving” and includes a section where learners are asked to follow a sat-nav. However, one in five (21%) newly qualified drivers still do not feel confident using one. Furthermore, nearly half (47%) of new drivers still drive with one hand on the wheel and one in five (22%) admit to speeding.

Surprisingly, these habits are kicking in despite a more stringent testing process, with the research showing that those drivers taking the new test took more attempts to pass – 2.35 times on average - compared to those who passed the old version – 1.85 times on average.

To help motorists get to grips with the new driving test before hitting the road, and to help those who have already passed familiarise themselves with the new driving test requirements, Compare the Market has released an online test putting motorists to the ultimate challenge.

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Daniel Hutson

Head of Motor Insurance

Compare the Market

"While the driving test shake-up has been designed to better prepare motorists for a life on the road, it seems that the revised assessment is only leading to new drivers slipping into dangerous habits quicker than ever before.
    
“It’s vital that we prepare new drivers in as realistic way as possible; ensuring the safety of everyone on the road. The changes to the test, particularly the extended time of independent driving and use of a sat-nav should help to produce better, safer motorists, newly qualified drivers must remain diligent behind the wheel and not allow themselves to become over-confident once their L-plates are removed.”

To see how you’d potentially fare in the new driving test, take the test here.