Highway? No way! UK Drivers Don’t Know Road Signs
· Results of a quiz on ingenie.com show over 80% of drivers don’t know basic national road rules and signs
· Over one third of drivers couldn’t answer half the questions correctly
Young driver insurance brand ingenie is calling for schools to teach the Highway Code, following a social experiment to see if experienced drivers could pass a test on road rules – 20 years after passing their driving theory tests. The experiment shows Tracey, aged 45, and Lester, aged 51, failing a road quiz quite spectacularly. ingenie suggests that road safety knowledge, including hazard perception, could be significantly improved if introduced at an earlier age.
Tracey and Lester were filmed participating in a live Highway Code test and both struggled with general road rules and frequently used signs. Neither could answer questions regarding the National Speed Limit or the tread depth of a tyre, nor identify commonly used road signs. The quiz was filmed throughout and the video is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qxhn_-IewU
This lack of knowledge was reflected in the results of a quiz hosted on the ingenie website,1 with 82% of those who participated failing to recognise national road rules and signs, and more than one third getting under a 50% mark. The assessment, based on a selection of questions taken directly from the modern theory test, showed how young drivers are at risk due to a lack of knowledge.
As a result of the findings, ingenie is calling for parents and schools to introduce under-17s to the Highway Code, along with hazard perception and driving theory, to give them a head start with their grasp of road knowledge. Currently, award-winning online training resource Drive iQ has been adopted in 1,300 schools for 15 and 16-year-olds, enabling the improvement of their awareness and hazard recognition across numerous engaging modules. The modules are also easy to do at home.
Richard King, ingenie CEO, says, “It’s worrying that even experienced drivers aren’t showing basic Highway Code knowledge, which every driver should have to keep themselves and other road users safe. If schools introduce the Highway Code and hazard perception to pupils before they even reach driving age, we can build an entire generation of better, safer drivers.”
Do you think you could pass? You can try ingenie’s Road Signs Quiz here: https://www.ingenie.com/road-signs-quiz
The experiment marks the second of the five gears in ingenie’s Parent Manifesto; a robust series of activities that aims to educate parents on how to get more involved when their child is learning to drive, in order to complement the learning process and promote safer driving amongst young people. The manifesto will be made up of five stages released over the next few months – with each stage aiming to educate parents on another way they can help their child drive safely and save money.
For more information about how to help a young driver get on the road safely – visit: https://www.ingenie.com/parent-manifesto