Research carried out by a major UK insurance company has discovered that drivers who pass their tests first time are apt to be more dangerous than those who do not. The LV= study found that drivers who had passed their tests first time around were more likely to have been involved in accidents or have convictions for dangerous driving.
Car industry analysts claim that learners who ace their tests first time are cocky and tend to believe their driving skills are nothing less than perfect. LV= checked out the records of drivers and whether they had passed their tests at the first, second, third or fourth attempt.
The researchers found that learners who did not pass until the third go were the safest and least likely to have had accidents. The study also discovered that people who had multiple attempts at their tests were more unlikely to subsequently be disqualified for drunk driving or penalised for safety related driving offences.
Those who didn’t pass until the third time also described their style of driving as cautious and veering towards safety. Almost one third of drivers who hadn’t passed first time said they believed they were safer and cited nerves as a contributory factor to their initial lack of success.
LV= Insurance’s managing-director, Selwyn Fernandes, commented that first-time passers seemed to be rasher and take more risks once they had torn up their L plates. He added that learners who were not successful at the first attempt could take solace in the fact that they would probably be more careful once they finally succeeded.