Learning to Drive
UK motorists told us about their experience of learning to drive and getting behind the wheel of their own car.
What's it like passing your driving test and getting out on the road by yourself?
For many of us, a driving test is a rite of passage that's hard to forget. Whether the outcome is a pass or a fail, it's likely that our first encounter of freedom will be one to add to our personal history books. But what's it really like to be a first-time driver out there on the open road today?
We surveyed 2,000 UK motorists about their experience of learning to drive and what it was like when they first got behind the wheel of their own car.
We found that the main reason people feel motivated to learn to drive is the need for independence; the other top motivators are having the ability to get from A to B at their own pace and the need to drive to a place of work.
Once they pass their test, most new drivers hit the road the same day, but that in itself creates new anxieties. The biggest worries are driving in bad weather, driving in the dark and being out on the road alone, with no instructor.
But it's not long before those who have just passed their test start to develop bad driving habits just like the rest of us. Take a look at our infographic below to get an insight into the minds of British motorists on the driving test and how they felt when they first got to hit the road after they passed.
Your questions answered
This is where you will find all the overall and regional results we collected.
Results for the UKUnited Kingdom
How did you feel when you took your test for the first time?
How long after your test did it take you to go out on the road by yourself?
Not until I bought my first car
Not until I familiarised myself with the routes I'd need to take
None of the above
When thinking back to your first lone driving experience, which of the following things were you most worried about?
Driving in difficult weather conditions
Driving in the dark
Breaking down and being unaccompanied
Not knowing your way around
Driving with other passengers in the car
Ending up in a destination you don't know
Not knowing how to put fuel in the car
Not understanding road signs / instructions
Not being able to concentrate
None of the above
What were your main motives or reasons for wanting to learn how to drive?
To be more independent
I like to get to places at my own pace
Being able to get to work
I like to be in control
I like the idea of being comfortable in my own space
To get away at weekends
My job requires me to drive
Wanting to show that I could
To help out my parents / family members
Because my friends were learning to drive
Being able to get to college/school
To be able to visit my partner
Which of the following parts of the UK driving test do you feel are most relevant?
Turn in the road
Reverse around the corner
Demonstrating knowledge of car's features
I think they are all important
None of the above
Taking into consideration the way you drive now, do you feel you could pass your driving test today?
Yes - I believe I am a good driver
Yes - I believe my driving style still compliments how I drove when I first passed
Yes - I don't think it would be difficult to pass at this stage
Yes- I am regularly complimented on my driving
No - I'm not a confident driver
No - I believe my driving style has changed drastically
No - I don't think I can drive at test standard
How many times did it take you to pass your test?
More than five times
How long after reaching the legal driving age did you wait to take your test? Survey said...
How did you feel when you took your test for the first time? Survey said...
How long after your test did it take you to go out on the road by yourself? Survey said...
When thinking back to your first lone driving experience, which of the following things were you most worried about? Survey said...
Who taught or is teaching you how to drive? Survey said...
If you have children, who is teaching or taught them how to drive? Survey said...
Would you say you are understanding of learner drivers? Survey said...
Do you treat recently passed drivers (a driver with the passed sticker on their car) with the same caution and understanding you would treat a learner driver? Survey said...
What were your main motives or reasons for wanting to learn how to drive? Survey said...
Which of the following parts of the UK driving test do you feel are most relevant? Survey said...
Taking into consideration the way you drive now, do you feel you could pass your driving test today? Survey said...
How many times did it take you to pass your test? Survey said...
If you failed your first driving test, how did that make you feel? Survey said...