61 per cent of drivers say they would fail a driving test today

A nationwide study found that 61 percent of UK drivers are confident they would fail their driving test if they had to take it again today.

According to the Nextbase Dash Cams research, nearly half admitted to picking up bad habits during their years behind the wheel.

More than a quarter (26 percent) of the 1,500 motorists surveyed in the UK admitted they are terrible at parallel parking, 19 percent said they don’t check their mirror enough and 26 percent said they find the roads more stressful and busier than when they were passed their test.

More than one in five (22 percent) said they liked to steer with one hand, 12 percent admitted to being easily distracted and 15 percent said they were driving way too fast.

In addition, astonishingly six percent of drivers admitted that they could not make a three-point turn, and 12 percent said that at a distance of 20 meters, there was no way to read a license plate.

More than one in ten (11 percent) of those surveyed, by dashcam firm Nextbase, a leader in connected car technology, insisted they cannot remember their theory test and 14 percent admitted to having signs on the road. saw every day they don’t understand.

Shockingly, 26 percent of license holders could not identify the common road sign for the national speed limit (white circle with diagonal black line) and 20 percent were baffled to see the overtaking ban (white circle with red and black lines). car).

And almost half (47 percent) did not know the maximum speed for a dual carriageway, namely 110 km / h.

Bryn Brooker, head of marketing at Nextbase, who commissioned the study, said, “As the rules change over time and the roads get busier, it is understandable that people start to feel less confident on the roads. Whether you are a new driver or have been driving for years, it is important that you maintain your driving skills and use everything possible to help you drive safely and responsibly.

“At Nextbase, we pride ourselves on helping people on the road feel safe and protected. Our smart dash cams not only encourage road users to drive more responsibly, but can also add functionality such as Alexa voice assistance and Emergency SOS, so you can keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel. “

The survey also found that 44 percent of drivers surveyed said they are nervous about driving long distances after a lockdown, while half (50 percent) said they much prefer to drive in warmer weather than in the winter months.

Nearly two-thirds (62 percent) of those surveyed said icy conditions caused them to worry about driving, 49 percent said snow and four in ten (40 percent) said fog. Nextbase hopes to alleviate some of these concerns with the Emergency SOS feature available across the majority of its dashcam range.

With colder weather on the way in the UK, 46 percent said they are unprepared for the colder weather and have no de-icer, torches or blankets with them.

A particularly lazy eight percent don’t even bother scraping ice off their windows before they leave.

However, a more cautious 18 percent refuse to drive in freezing weather and 51 percent lamented that too few drivers take into account the weather conditions on the road.

Almost one in ten (nine percent) said they had been involved in a car accident due to bad weather.

The data showed that 68 percent of drivers said they would feel safer driving in harsh winter conditions if they had a dash cam that automatically alerted emergency services in the event of an accident. Nextbase dashcams, with What3Words and Emergency SOS capabilities, can automatically notify emergency services of your location and other crucial details such as blood type and allergies.

This life-saving feature allows emergency services to respond quickly without having to rely on other road users – essential support when driving on rural or quiet roads in winter.


  1. I have learned bad driving habits 47%

  2. I have trouble parking 26% parallel

  3. The roads are busier and I would feel more crowded 26%

  4. I steer with one hand 22%

  5. I do not check my mirror enough while driving 19%

  6. I drive too fast 15%

  7. I get distracted too quickly 12%

  8. I don’t think I can read the license plate of a car at 20m12%

  9. I don’t pay enough attention to other drivers around me 9%

I drive too slowly 9%