Increase in new driver cars as test pass rate hits record high?

Published:  24 June, 2021

Could garages could soon see a spike in families looking for servicing and repairs on older cars bought for new drivers?

With practical test pass rates at a record high since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, figures from the Department for Transport show that 49.8% of learners passed the test between April 2020 and March 2021 t, up by 3.9% on the 2019-2020 period. However, while there was an increase in passes, overall there were actually 72.7% fewer practical tests taking place in 2020-21 compared to the previous year.

Meanwhile, 55.7% of those who took the theory test passed, which was the highest ratio since 2013-2014, while also being 8.6% higher than 2019-2020. However, the overall number of theory tests being taken was 50% down on the previous year.

Commenting on the figures, Greg Wilson, Founder of insurance comparisons platform said: “Practice really does make perfect as shown by the outstanding results. Many learners took advantage of less traffic on the roads to get out there and clock up more miles behind the wheel during the pandemic, plus increased time at home was the ideal opportunity to hit the books and study for the theory test.”

He added: “Newly qualified drivers often have trouble finding competitively priced insurance because they represent a higher insurance risk than seasoned motorists, and this is particularly true if the new driver also happens to be a young driver.”

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