Drivers over 55 twice as likely to know common road signs than under 24s
Drivers over 55 have a much better knowledge of common road signs compared to younger generations according to new research.
The Censuswide survey, commissioned by Insurethegap.com, a leading provider of GAP (Guaranteed Asset Protection) insurance for new and second-hand cars, asked over 1,500 drivers to identify 12 common road signs including a no entry sign, no stopping, T junction ahead, no over-taking and slippery road ahead.
Nearly twice as many over 55s (63%) correctly knew 10 out of 12 signs, compared with a third (36%) of 16 – 24s. No one in the 16 – 24 age group knew all 12 signs, however even the over 55s struggled, with only 1% getting them all right.
According to the survey, road sign knowledge increases with age. Nearly half (48%) of 25 – 34s correctly identified 10 out of 12 signs, compared to 57% of 35 – 44s and 61% of 45 – 54s.
Fortunately, no age group got them all wrong.
Ben Wooltorton, Chief Operating Officer of InsuretheGap.com, said: “It’s perhaps surprising that young drivers’ knowledge isn’t better than other generations, as they’ve had their test more recently. However, maybe it proves that all those years of driving have paid off, and experience really does matter.”