By Denna Bowman
Motorists who pass driving test second time round are safest on the road, according to a nationwide study by Continental tyres.
The tyres manufacturer surveyed 6,200 motorists on their driving history and skills and the researchers discovered that those who pass on their second attempt have fewer points on their licence, are less likely to suffer road rage or be stopped by police.
They are also less prone to being cautioned for using their mobile phone behind the wheel, have had the fewest accidents in the last five years, and are unlikely to scare passengers with their driving.
However, the research found that those who took more than two attempts to pass have more bad driving habits.
Perhaps not surprisingly, drivers who need four, five or six attempts before making the grade have the worst record behind the wheel.
They run more red lights, admit to driving the wrong way down one-way streets and have been stopped by police for speeding more than any other driver.
They have also had their car clamped, hit stationary objects whilst trying to park their car and claimed on their insurance more than anyone else.
Guy Frobisher, director of safety at Continental Tyres, said: “It seems that second time around is perfect when it comes to the best drivers.
“Second time passers appear to fare better, especially when it comes to driving safely and considerately.
“Perhaps this is down to concentrating more and taking into account different road conditions and other drivers.
“First time passers know how to handle a car but some might be over-confident and that can quickly lead to recklessness.
“Safety should be the priority for all drivers, this includes making sure the car is road-worthy before you set off and being aware of issues such as stopping distances being affected by weather.”