Tuesday 27 September 2016

New study shows how quickly we forget. Just how good are you?

Published 29/07/2015 | 02:30

New research shows most drivers would fail a driving theory test if we had to sit it now.
New research shows most drivers would fail a driving theory test if we had to sit it now.

According to new research most of us would fail a driving theory test if we had to sit it now.

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It is too easy and trite to say that hardly comes as a surprise on the basis of some of the driving we witness on our roads every day.

But the potential extent of failure is what caught my eye. The study, conducted by Motors.co.uk, found that just 12 people in every 1,000 would pass. That's a failure rate of 98pc. Shocking.

Granted, the survey was in Britain but even allowing for a higher pass rate here (no comment), there is every reason to suspect that a substantial majority would fail.

The survey also revealed that every driver who had passed their theory within the last six months failed the test.

The authors say this shows just how quickly we forget and add: "It seems that many motorists don't retain the knowledge once they get their licence."

Among some of the frightening facts to emerge was that one-in-20 drivers thought it okay to drive on the hard shoulder of a motorway if braking, overtaking or in gridlocked traffic.

Now the question is: Do you think you would pass a theory test if you had to sit it now to get your licence?

Honestly? Let us know at: ecunningham@independent.ie

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