Age Matters For Driving Test Success

It’s a well-worn cliche that young drivers are the most dangerous — and that young male drivers are the most likely of all to cause an accident. Despite this, they are also have the highest driving test pass rate (53.5%), with male drivers aged 16-19 enjoying a 53.5% driving test pass rate. (Young women in the same age group pass 47% of the time).

Passing a test doesn’t make you safe

The statistics show that as drivers get older, their test pass rate falls — but so does their risk of being in an accident. This reverses after age 60, when the risk of being in an accident starts to increase again for both men and women.

The reality is that young drivers of both sexes are the most likely to cause an accident, with 23% of drivers under 20 involved in an accident within one year of passing their driving test. That’s why they pay the most for their car insurance.

Given that young drivers have the highest driving test pass rates, this may seem like a contradiction — but it isn’t. Passing a test is completely different to unsupervised independent driving. While young people tend to learn quickly, they don’t have the experience or mature judgement that is a common attribute of the safest drivers.

Your Dad probably does know best

Tesco Bank has put together a fascinating infographic that shows just who is to blame for the carnage on our roads — and highlights who the safest drivers are (hint: they are middle aged and drive boring cars).

The figures from Tesco also put to rest the myth that driving too slowly is as dangerous as driving too fast; 6,000 accidents were caused by drivers who were speeding in 2010, but  just 143 were caused by drivers who were going too slowly.

Who are the safest drivers in Britain?

Find out more information about Car Insurance from Tesco Bank.

2 thoughts on “Age Matters For Driving Test Success

  • March 5, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    How about a campaign – including social media – to harmonise the legal alcohol rate at 50 mg

    • March 5, 2014 at 4:05 pm

      Hi Barbara,

      Instead of going it alone, a good starting point might be to support Brake’s ‘Not a drop’ campaign ( which is targeting zero tolerance on drink driving.

      There is a list of steps you can take to get started, including spreading the word on Facebook and writing to your MP.

      If you want to get into actively campaigning, there are lots of other things you can do, too.




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