Should Learning To Drive Be Made More Difficult?

Mon 26th Oct 2020

With the UK government currently considering making changes to the process of learning to drive, a new survey has found out what measures some would be happy to introduce.

Statistics reveal that one in five recently qualified drivers have an accident within six months of passing a test, which has led to some politicians plotting to enforce restrictions on new drivers.

The so-called graduated licence would see younger drivers limited in the scope of what they can do behind the wheel in their early months, including no driving at night, no passengers, and having a black box installed in the car. But while motoring organisations are undecided and some believe that the measures are draconian, a survey of 1000 drivers has found that there is very little support for a graduated licence, with only 35 per cent agreeing the idea of introducing a staged licence. In fact the graduated licence is the most popular suggestion, with even less support for introducing learning to drive in schools (32%) and a compulsory black box even less popular (30%).

Sue Waterfield, head of marketing at Young Driver, who conducted the survey said:

“We’ve always felt education was the key – making sure our young people have plenty of time and opportunity to really get to grips with the skills and attitude they need to be a safe driver, rather than just restricting what they can do. Twenty-nine per cent of respondents to the survey felt the age of learning to drive should be increased. But teens are always going to want to pass their test as quickly as possible once they’re able, whatever that age is, so it makes sense to allow them to start safely building and practicing the necessary skills from a much earlier age.”