with the exam becoming harder the past few years. So is learning how to drive more difficult now? With my daughter now only 3 years away from being able to drive this got me thinking, how things have driving tests really changed?
There’s Not Always Been A Test
It’s a scary thought but there wasn’t even a requirement to pass a test until 1935, not only that but anyone could get behind the wheel at 17 and head out onto roads that had no speed limits! Things have changed since then – with more and more varied speed limits and traffic calming measures on the roads to consider this in my opinion can only be a good thing!
Another factor that makes learning how to driver harder now is the busy roads, with each year it seems that there are thousands more drivers on the road.
New drivers will have to deal with the stress of countless cars with them on the road while learning, making learning how to drive more stressful.
John Reid, an instructor with Queens Cross Driving School in Glasgow, told The Herald in Scotland: “You can definitely notice the difference on the roads in the last 20 years.
“There is so much more traffic now, which makes it harder to learn to drive. It also means drivers are taking longer to learn and pass their test.”
Heavy traffic can be a big factor in making it harder to learn to drive and so now, more than years ago, geography becomes a factor when considering how tough it is to learn to drive.
Tougher Theory Test
Since 1996, learners have had to take a written test alongside their practical driving exam. Then, in 2007 the UK announced that driving theory tests would be tougher. Before, there were 35 multiple choice questions and people had to get 30 of those correct to pass. The changes meant upping the question count to 50, with 43 correct answers required to pass. According to the Driving Standards Agency, this aimed to boost the range of topics covered by the theory test, meaning learners had to have a better grasp of all parts of the theory and needed to revise more thoroughly. Steady changes since then have continued to make the test tougher and the pass rate has come down as a result.
Real Life Situations
Gone are the days when you could easily pass a driving test just by cruising down the road and listening to what your instructor says. In 2010, there was an announcement that drivers would need to deal with real life situations on the road while taking their practical driving test. That meant memorising journey instructions to mirror the way you’d have to remember where you were going once out on your own.
Tougher tests on tougher roads do mean that it’s pretty difficult to learn to drive these days. Still, there’s plenty of help at hand and learners need to use the resources effectively to get over the hurdles they face.
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