To discover the real impact of nerves when learning to drive or trying to pass a test, and identify ways that driving instructors can help put their learners at ease, a national study will be launched by Youmi – a new app designed to revolutionise the way learner drivers find instructors.

Mike Spooner, driving instructor and Head of ADI Engagement at Youmi is behind the nerves study – he comments:

“In the UK, around 1.6 million people sit their practical driving test per year. For most learners, it’s a stressful time, especially because they’ll have spent about £1,000 in lessons and test fees getting to this point.

“Official figures show that, on average, over half of learner drivers taking their test (53%) will fail. Lack of preparation and being taught by the wrong instructor (whether professional or not) are largely to blame. But there’s another, equally troubling reason: nerves. Despite all the preparation put into learning those manoeuvres or important checks, nerves can undo all of their hard work.

“We wanted to understand the link between heart-rate and nerves and the effect they have on learning and passing.”

Getting involved

Youmi is urging driving instructors to invite their learners to get involved in the ‘Learning to Drive: Nerves Study’. Candidates must be currently doing their driving lessons and planning to take their test within the next three months.

As part of the study, Youmi will provide driving instructors with easy-to-wear heart-rate monitors for their learners to wear during their lessons, and eventually, during their driving test.

To apply for a heart-rate monitor, the first 150 ADIs to email with the subject heading ‘Nerves Study’ and include their full name and link to their driving school.

Youmi aims to reveal the outcome from the campaign in Spring 2019.

Thousands of learners are now finding ADIs on Youmi after downloading the app at the App Store and Google Play store.

Approved Driving Instructors should register to be found by new learners at