A recent report has revealed that two out of five drivers currently on the road would fail their driving test if they had to take it again right now. Let that sink in for a moment. Forty percent of all drivers on the road would be deemed unfit to drive if they were tested again. When you hear that, it’s understandable why so many accidents occur on the road each year. But why are issues with driving standards so high? Well, there are a few reasons.
Bad Habits Die Hard
First, there’s the fact that once you’ve passed your test, you can rest easy. As long as you stick to the rules of the road, you can drive how you like. Little things will start to slip through the cracks. For instance, cutting a corner during your driving test will be a point that could cause you to fail the test. In the real world, though, it’s very unlikely that you’ll be penalized at all. Similarly, failing to indicate is seen as a serious issue. In reality, if you fail to indicate unless a car crashes into the back of you, it’s not a major concern. At least, not for some drivers.
Older drivers, in particular, seem to think if they live in a local area everyone knows where they are going. Younger drivers often see indication as a form of weakness. So certainly falling into bad habits will cause you to fail if you tried to retake your driving test.
There is almost definitely an issue with lost knowledge. If you visit drivingtest.ca, you’ll find possible test answers that you might be asked on your first driving test. It would certainly be interesting to see how many of these you could get right. Our guess would be not very many. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of knowledge necessary to pass the test that you won’t use every day on the road. For instance, you need to know Braking distance at different speeds. Rather than remembering the exact calculation, drivers often estimate. They look and see that the car is about the distance of a lorry away and presume that’s a safe enough gap. In the real world, this might work. In test conditions, they are often looking for something a tad more specific.
This is perhaps one of the reasons why a lot of drivers can’t recognize basic road signs. If you challenged yourself on road sign info, we think you’d be surprised by how many you falsely identified. You can check out this site mto.gov.on.ca to put your knowledge to the test right now.
On the other hand, there’s also the fact that road regulations change. Knowledge changes with it, and it can be difficult to keep track. This is perhaps the main reason why you would likely fail a driving test if you had to retake it. Things have probably changed since you learned to drive. You might pick up new pieces of information as you continue to drive on the roads. Or, you might find you simply don’t need new information.
So, would you pass a driving test if you had to retake it? There’s only one way to find out.