ROOKIE MOTORISTS believe driving tests cause just as much anxiety as academic exams.
New research by youth insurer and car provider Marmalade landed as pupils across the country waited for their A Level and GCSE results.
The firm surveyed 1,800 young motorists and found 50 per cent of respondents are equally or more anxious about facing their driving test when compared to their academic exams.
By comparison, 39 per cent feel more anxious about their exams and just 11 per cent feel no anxiety about either event.
Marmalade’s chief executive officer Crispin Moger said: “There has been a lot of research into the pressures that young people are under when it comes to exams. There are ample resources out there for students, or parents, wishing to find help with exam stress. However, our research clearly shows that young drivers feel the same amount of anxiety before they take a driving test.
“Unlike academic exams, this stress won’t end with the test, as many young drivers continue to feel anxious behind the wheel after they have passed. In order to help alleviate this, we have created a number of online resources, including our Young Drivers Guide. It is designed to help all young motorists, from those getting in a car for the first time, to those who have clocked up hundreds of hours on the road.
The guide offers tips on a range of tops like passing your theory test, managing anxiety behind the wheel and what to expect on the practical test .
Mr Moger added: “Marmalade is committed to supporting the needs of young drivers. We feel so strongly about the rights of young motorists that we recently set up an annual initiative – Learner Driver Week – designed to highlight the issues facing the UK’s 7.8 million provisional licence holders and champion their needs.”
For more information see www.wearemarmalade.co.uk/young-drivers-guide
INCREASE IN PROVISIONAL LICENCES
The number of young people with provisional driving licences has increased by eight per cent in the last four years.
But at the same time there has been a six percent fall in those becoming fully fledged young drivers has been recorded. According to RAC Black Box Car Insurance analysis of DVLA data 164,282 more young people aged 17 to 24 had provisional licences in 2016 than in 2014, but 187,137 fewer were listed as having their full licences. Among drivers aged 17 to 19, the number of provisional licences was up 10 per cent over the same period while the volume of fully qualified drivers was down eight per cent.