A recent survey of 1,000 UK residents has revealed that people want to see changes to the UK driving test, with 51% of people saying that motorway driving should be included on the exam.

The research, undertaken by vehicle GAP insurers InsuretheGap.com, asked respondents what they think the practical driving test should include. Despite not currently appearing on the test, motorway driving was the most popular option. The top five elements people think should be on the practical driving test are:

  1. Over half (51%) say motorway driving should be on the driving test
  2. 49% think tackling a roundabout should be included
  3. Almost half (49%) think that the eyesight test is an important element
  4. 47% want to see parallel parking feature in every practical test
  5. 46% would like emergency stops to be assessed

There is also support for two other new additions to the practical driving test. Almost half (45%) want a night-time driving element added to the test, and 4 in 10 (40%) would like to see bay parking included. The most recent addition to the practical test, sat-nav driving, is not thought to be as important, with just over a quarter of people (26%) saying they think it should be included.

There is also support for changing up the theory portion of the UK driving test. 43% of people think the theory test should be altered to include identification of basic issues with a vehicle, and 43% think learner drivers should be able to name parts of a car.

The survey also revealed other requirements people want to see from drivers:

  • 77% want learner drivers to complete a mandatory number of hours behind the wheel before taking their test
  • 84% think there should be a probationary period for new drivers, where their licence can be revoked if they commit a traffic offence or are at fault in an accident
  • 87% would like drivers to be retested. The most popular reasons for retesting are disqualification (55%), a high number of accidents (50%), and on reaching a certain age (49%)

Ben Wooltorton, Chief Operating Office of InsuretheGap.com, said of the research:

“The fact that there is substantial support for the inclusion of new elements on both the practical and theory portions of the driving test is an indication that we should reassess what should be included on both UK driving tests.

“As driving continues to be the main mode of transport for how we all get around, tests should be reviewed to ensure that drivers are safe on today’s roads in all situations. This involves checking their competencies in different environments, such as on motorways or driving at night and also their safe use of the latest in-car technology.”