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However, should we really be surprised at these figures? The driving test itself is now much more demanding of a candidate than ever before and is becoming more complex. In 1996 the theory test was introduced and there has been a steady increase in the complexity of the required manoeuvres and tests. It is already planned that over the next few years there will be more changes to the test. For example, a recent introduction in 2010 was the independent driving element.
On average a driving test takes 40 minutes, ten minutes or so more than it lasted not that long ago. Some may argue that a longer, more difficult driving test will be a significant factor in reducing casualties amongst young drivers and increasing road safety. However, it is not merely the more complicated driving test that has affected pass results in recent time. Roads have changed over the last few decades, they are much more complicated, more road markings and many more road signs, couple this with the huge rise in traffic volumes.
Underestimating the number of driving lessons they need is one of the main reasons why young drivers feel so aggrieved. Whereas in years gone by it might have been possible to pass with just a handful of driving lessons and plenty of practice, if we are to seriously consider their safety and that of all other road users, it is imperative that they get the correct tuition. A really good instructor will put their pupils in for a driving test only when they have shown they have the correct aptitude and attitude to pass.
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