The accident history and behaviours of new drivers who pass their first practical driving test

  • Published: TRL PPR427, 2009
  • Authors: B Sexton, G Grayson
  • Date Added: 09 Apr 2012
  • Last Update: 25 Oct 2016
  • Format: html

Objectives:

To analyse the accident history and behaviours of new drivers who pass their first practical driving test.

Methodology:

Analysis of the accidents, attitudes and self-reported behaviours of drivers who passed their practical test on the first occasion that they took it. It also examines their performance on the theory test and the practical driving test, and compares them with drivers who took more than one practical test.

Key Findings:

  • Those taking the practical test for the first time were predominantly young (the majority being less than 19 years of age), and a high proportion were males.
  • First-time takers took fewer theory test than did those who had failed a previous practical, and achieved higher scores on both the multiple choice and the hazard perception components. However, their pass rate was lower than that of those taking a second, third or fourth test
  • First-time passers as a group are even younger, with nearly 50% being 17 years of age, and again with a high proportion of males.
  • The first-time taking 17 year olds have the highest pass rate of 59%, as compared to 49% of all first-time takers.