It takes 60 weeks to become a ‘good driver’

Drivers only 'good' after 60 weeks on the road

On average, UK motorists think it takes well over a year (60 weeks) to become a ‘good driver’. And 17 percent said it takes more than two years (100 weeks) to reach a ‘good’ level.

A quarter of the 1,000 motorists surveyed by YoungDriver said when they passed their test, they were ‘extremely nervous’. Only one in 10 thought they were over-confident.

On average, British learner drivers take between 40 and 50 hours to pass the driving test.

Drivers only 'good' after 60 weeks on the road

“We all know that experience is key to being a safer driver,” said Sue Waterfield, head of marketing at YoungDriver.

“Sadly, when youngsters first pass their test, that can often be lacking, which can lead to moments of hesitation or dangerous choices being made, resulting in an accident. That’s why we’re so keen to help young people get more experience behind the wheel – and it’s the premise behind Young Driver. If you already know how to drive the car by the time you start on the road lessons, you can concentrate much more on hazard perception and other road users, rather than how to control the clutch.”

YoungDriver has teamed up with Quentin Wilson to publish a book to help. The goal is to educate parents on the modern driving test. 

Drivers only 'good' after 60 weeks on the road

“Although parents often have great nostalgia around learning to drive, the reality when they get behind the wheel with their child can be arguments, stress and tears,” said Quentin Willson.

“Most parents learned to drive decades ago and the test has changed dramatically since then, meaning they can give conflicting advice, confusing the learner. I’ve written this book in an easy-to-read style with lots of illustrations because with preparation and planning, parent, child and approved driving instructor can make a really strong team, leading to the best possible outcome in terms of creating a safe, confident and skilled driver. And that’s good news for all road users.”

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