Learning To Drive; Errors And Costs

Learning to drive; errors and costs

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Women made nearly one million mistakes in driving tests last year, according to new figures released by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA).

Women drivers made 857,000 major errors in driving tests during 2012 that could have led them to fail their test and clock up even more test fees in the search for their licence.

The newly-released figures show men made nearly 211,000 fewer mistakes during their practical driving tests at just 646,000.

According to the figures women were more likely to fail their test for poor reverse parking or bad gear changes while men, meeting the stereotype, are more likely to speed during a driving test.

Male drivers have more aggressive tendencies according to the data, including failing to stop at traffic lights and failing to obey road signs, while a small percentage will fail their test within seconds by failing to move away safely after getting into the car.

The figures will make nervous reading for learner drivers who wish to pass their practical test after recent reports showed they would pay an average of £2,741 simply to pass the test for the first time.

The staggering figure was calculated by MoneySupermarket and includes the cost of a provisional licence at £50, the cost of taking a theory test once at a cost of £31 and the cost of driving lessons.

An average hour of driving tuition costs learner drivers £24 according to the AA and drivers are advised to take an average of 47 hours. However, even this is not enough because drivers are also advised to undertake a further 22 hours in their own time with a qualified driver of more than 3 years (who is over the age of 21).

Throw in the cost of the driving test at around £110 and the average car insurance cost for 17-to-19 year old drivers and the cost can spiral well over £2,500 for a learner driver when learner driver insurance is counted.

The huge cost of learning to drive makes mistakes even more costly for drivers although despite the figures showing disparity between male and female drivers only half of all driving tests in the UK are passed with males recording just a six per cent increase on the female pass rate.

Women drivers were previously offered lower insurance costs because they were actually seen to be safer; causing less damage when there was an accident compared to their male counterparts.

However, a new European ruling came into force late in 2012 to prevent insurance companies from offering lower insurance policies based on gender in a move that will see female insurance continue to become more expensive to meet that of males.