The driving test. The moment when we get a chance of freedom and independence and the words “Can I borrow the car?” become an almost daily occurrence to some parents. Here’s a few facts about the history of the UK driving test..
- Mr Beere was the first person to pass the driving test in 1935. He paid the grand total of 7/6d (37.5p) to take the test.
- There were no test centres in 1935 so you had to arrange to meet the examiner somewhere like a post office, train station or town hall. There are now 338 test centres across the UK.
- The test was suspended for the duration of World War 2 and didn’t resume until 1 November 1946.
- In 1975, candidates no longer had to demonstrate hand signals.
- The theory test was introduced on the 1st of July 1996, replacing questions about The Highway Code during the practical test.
- Driving was much more hazardous 80 years ago – 7,343 people were killed on Great Britain’s roads when only 2.4 million vehicles were in use – in 2008, 2,538 people were killed with 26.5 million vehicles on the road.
- Candidates could book their theory test online for the first time in December 2001.
- The pass rate in 1935 was 63% compared to 46% in 2009 .
- 1969 saw the first driving test set for an automatic vehicle.
- Since 1935 more than 46 million tests have been taken.
(Taken from the gov.uk website)
The driving theory test is now an important part of determining the thought process of our future drivers to make sure they are safe, responsible and aware of the dangers of the road.
A 2013 government report (page 86), suggested that although 17-19 year olds were still in the highest percentage of casualties involved in road accidents, there were still large amounts of older drivers (especially 40-59 year olds) that were involved in road traffic accidents.
Could you pass again?
The official theory test is 50 questions to be completed in 50 minutes with a required pass rate of 43/50. We’ve taken 10 random questions from the test.
See how you do. You’ll need 9/10 to get a pass.