A new survey finds British motorists have a high level of confidence in their own driving abilities.
Research by Volkswagen Financial Services asked whether drivers would feel confident to pass their practical driving test, if they retook it tomorrow.
A clear majority (70 percent) believed they would have no problem with easily passing their practical test again.
Older drivers were most confident of all, with 81 percent of over 65s feeling they would pass another driving test.
For comparison, official data from the DVSA shows the practical driving test had a 50.5 percent pass-rate during 2021-22.
When it comes to the theory test, British drivers were slightly less confident. Overall, 59 percent of those asked reckoned they would successfully complete a theory test.
Faith in passing the theory test seemingly decreases with age. While 76 percent of millennials thought they could do so, this declined to 53 percent for over 45s.
Picking up bad habits
Just under half (46 percent) of those surveyed felt they could re-pass both parts of the driving test. However, 17 percent of the 2,032 people questioned believed they would not pass either aspect of the test.
Charlotte Cheeseman of Volkswagen Financial Services UK said: “Most of us learn to drive when we’re teenagers and, as the years go by, I’m sure most people pick up bad habits along the way. So it’s interesting to see that so many drivers believe they’d re-pass their practical test at the drop of a hat, especially when you consider that a significant number of the population are likely to have sat their original test more than 20 years ago!
“But I think this research relates to a wider point about the British public’s undeniable love of driving. For me, it speaks volumes about our collective confidence on the road and that we feel safe, relaxed and comfortable in our cars.”