UK Driving Statistics

The official statistics

The UK's First Driving Licence

Who’s better at driving, men or women? No doubt this question has caused a few arguments and heated debates in the past as men claim their parking’s top notch and women claim to be more careful on the road. So, who is actually better?  Well, statistically, it’s men.  According to the Office for National Statistics, men were more likely to pass their driving test with a higher overall pass rate between April 2014 and March 2015..

Stats show that 51% of males passed their driving test during this period whilst only 44% of women did the same, bringing the UK average pass rate to 47%!

Digging a little deeper we found that Belvedere, London had the lowest pass rate for women with only 21% of those taking their test getting a licence. The Belvedere test centre had the overall lowest average pass rate with a mere 26% of everyone who took their test being passed.  The lowest pass rate for men was 28.3% in Salford, Manchester.

Image left: the UK's first driving licence issued in 1935!

The best drivers? Arguably women driver better in Alnwick as the test centre had a high pass rate of 86% but men drive better in Lampeter, Wales where their highest pass rate was 94%! Overall if you’re looking to edge your bets and give yourself the best chance then take your test in Ballater, Aberdeenshire, where their average pass rate is 91.7%!

It appears that for the majority of test centres and months, men are the better drivers; however, there have been several months where men have had it tough with a low pass rate. In fact in Aberystwyth, Wales, around 6% more women passed their tests than men on two different months in 2014!

UK Driving Statistics

Young drivers

Looking at the UK pass rates you probably won’t find it surprising that 79% of all young drivers are male. Although this sounds like a large amount, less than half of all 17-24 year olds actually hold a full UK driving licence.

Unfortunately young drivers can be subject to high insurance policies due to the following stats (read: facts and myths that can affect your insurance policy). 23% of young drivers crash within 2 years of passing their test although; all drivers have a 20% chance of crashing within 1 year of passing their test!  The most alarming stat for young drivers is that those aged 16-19 are twice as likely to die in a crash versus drivers aged 40-49.

Older drivers may appear to be better drivers but they get the raw end of the deal when it comes to their everyday commutes. Men in their 40s spend an average of 67 minutes commuting to work which is higher than the average 54 minute UK commute and the world average of 40 minutes!

Driving facts

  • Driving tests were compulsory from 1934
  • The UK’s first driving licence was issued to Mr R Beere in 1935
  • A motorcycle test used to allow you to drive a car

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