Could YOUR Parents pass the driving theory test?

Two in three experienced motorists would fail the theory test


  • Half of drivers in the study failed the multiple choice section of the test 
  • More than a third failed the hazard perception section of theory exam


Two out of three experienced motorists would fail the driving theory test if they took it today, a study found.


And the biggest stumbling block is basic traffic signs, according to researchers who gave 50 drivers a real copy of the test.


In the results from the test only 33 per cent of experienced motorists scraped through, compared to 51.6 per cent of novice drivers who pass their theory today.

The questions on road and traffic signs were the most likely to trip drivers up, followed by those on vehicle handling and accidents.


However, they did well on questions dealing with other types of vehicles, suggesting that their road experience may have helped them in this area.


The research, by Churchill Car Insurance, also found that more than half (53 per cent) of drivers think it should be compulsory to retake the theory test. Churchills report concluded: ‘that motorist felt that ten years would be the most appropriate frequency for retaking the theory test.’


Around one in 12 (8 per cent) wanted a retest every five years – but not everyone agreed. Roughly one in seven drivers (15 per cent) felt that they were ‘completely road literate’ and never had any trouble reading signs.


The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency theory test, introduced in 1996, consists of 50 questions, randomly taken from a bank of hundreds. Candidates must answer at least 43 questions correctly within an allowed time of 57 minutes.

Before the test starts you’ll get:

  • instructions on how the test works
  • the chance to do some practice questions to get used to the screens

The hazard perception test

Was first used in 2002, involves watching a video of a driving scenario and clicking on the screen to demonstrate awareness whenever a hazard appears.

Before you start the hazard perception test, you’ll be shown a video about how it works.

You’ll then watch 14 video clips. The clips:

  • feature everyday road scenes
  • contain at least one ‘developing hazard’ – but one of the clips features 2 developing hazards

You get points for spotting the developing hazards as soon as they start to happen.

You can score up to 5 points for each developing hazard & you must score 44 out of a possible 75 points


On average, novices taking the test score higher than experienced drivers did in the study. For the 1.54million theory tests taken in 2013/14, the pass rate was 51.6 per cent. Among men it was 48.8 per cent and for women, 54.7 per cent.



Steve Barrett, head of Churchill Car Insurance, said:

An inability to read the road properly often leads to hesitant and unsafe driving, so we’d urge all road users to regularly brush up on their knowledge of road signs and regulations, as these are frequently updated.


So there you have it, when it comes to the theory you could be better than your parents


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Start Your Driving Lessons

Start Your Driving Lessons

Starting your driving lessons is a very exciting time in most peoples lives. So Let’s help you get started quickly. If you want to start driving a car you have to be seventeen years old, otherwise it’s sixteen for mopeds and a light quad bike.

Applying for your first provisional driving licence.

Firstly you must be a resident of the UK. Meet the minimum eyesight requirements and not be prevented from driving for any reason. Your first driving licence will cost you £34.00 and you can apply by going to As soon as your driving licence arrives you can find a driving instructor and book your first driving lesson. Our tip is whilst waiting for your licence read the Highway Code and practice the theory on sites like Theory Test Pro or the DVSA’s own theory practice site.

As soon as you start learning we recommend you book a theory test for the earliest date possible, once you’ve passed your theory test your licence becomes valid to book a practical driving test. It is important that you discuss an approximate timescale to book your driving test with your driving instructor. For more information go to

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Driving Tests



Driving Tests

For all of you thinking about taking your Theory Test there are many sites available for you to use, some good, some not so good. We recommend using Theory Test Pro, which you can sign up for by using the link below and also using the Highway Code as everything you need to know is in the Highway Code.

Practical Driving Test waiting times are now reducing and there are tests available in November. Please remember to check with your Instructor first before booking a test.

Driving Test Dates

Driving Test Dates


For all of you thinking about booking your driving test or thinking about what the dates are currently standing at. For Hull the waiting list is into the middle of December with the odd one or two tests available in November. For York the waiting list is the beginning of November.

The earliest date available for a Theory test in Hull is 27th September 2016.

The earliest date available for a Theory test in York is 26th September 2016.

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Driving Schools

Elite driving schools pass of the week…


Driving schools

We’ve picked Joe Days name out of the hat for this weeks #drivingtest pass of the week. 


Congratulations to Joe Day who passed his driving test on 30/08/2016 at his very first attempt with an almost clean sheet.

Joe a video designer from Hull was recommended to Elite #drivingschools instructor Stuart by his friend. But Joe also did his own research before finally booking his lessons.

Joe loved Stu’s DS3 and is now saving up for his own car, and with any luck he’ll back him-self his own DS3.


You can find out the secret that joe Day used to pass his driving test by clicking here


Here’s a clue

When #drivinglessons are designed to match your abilities you’ll learn faster, take fewer hours and be more likely to pass your driving test first time



#drivinglessons with Elite #drivingschools in Hull, York, Leeds, Lincoln and Withersea.