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Kicking yourself for not passing first time? Don’t!

Just as the government's thinking about incentivising passing your test first time, new research reveals that people who do are actually more likely to crash.

Why? Because they're so assured of their driving prowess, they're not as careful on the road.

If you passed third time, you're a good driver

The research looked at 2,000 drivers who passed their test after multiple attempts, and found that 66% of those who failed their first test said taking the test more than once made them a better driver.

They reported that failing had been largely down to nerves and lack of confidence, which LV= say "may ironically mean they are safer once they finally pass."

The research found that drivers who passed on their third attempt at the driving test are the least likely to be involved in a crash.

But what's normal? Go find out the average test pass rates.

If you passed first time, you're more likely to take risks

The report says that people passing their test first time are more likely to be overconfident in their driving ability and reckon their driving is 'perfect' - which can lead to silly risks behind the wheel.

People who pass first time are also more likely to be pulled over by the police for drink or drug driving.

So there you have it: failing your test a few times makes you a better driver, not a worse one. And as I failed my test 4 times, I must be the safest driver around. 🙂

Just failed a driving test? Find out how to ace it next time.


Honor Clement-Hayes

By Honor Clement-Hayes

Honor joined ingenie in 2014 and is in charge of words on the Young Driver's Guide and blog. Her first car is a Peugeot 206 cabriolet, which is a very sensible choice for the British climate. Follow her on .

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ingenie is a car insurance brand for young drivers aged 17-25. We fit a black box in your car to assess your driving style. We'll review your policy 3 times a year and those who drive well could receive a discount.

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