Three in five of drivers ‘not roadworthy’

Roadworthy test.

Roadworthy test.

  • Three per cent of East Midlands drivers do not know which lane to use on a clear motorway
  • Just 11 per cent of UK drivers answered the questions correctly
  • Fifty-two per cent of East Midlands drivers are unaware of the speed limit on a dual carriageway with lights
  • Motorists with 20-plus years are the most roadworthy
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Around three in five of the UK’s drivers are not ‘roadworthy’, according to a new survey.

The online tool built by Halfords Autocentres tested UK drivers’ roadworthiness and found that 59 per cent of the UK did not pass.

Just 11 per cent of UK drivers answered all 10 questions correctly.

From road signs to the law on drink driving, the public were tested with 10 questions relating to car maintenance and the rules of the road.

The quiz asked users for their gender, location and the length of time they’ve been driving for.

It then automatically collects user data each time it is played and has currently had more than 130,000 plays.

Here in the East Midlands, the quiz revealed that 97 per cent of drivers know how often they should check their tyre pressure - the highest of all the regions.

But 72 per cent of people in East Midlands are unaware of the legal alcohol limit and three per cent do not know which lane to use on a clear motorway.

Worringly, 52 per cent are unaware of the speed limit on a dual carriageway with street lights, while 34 per cent in the East Midlands do not know what the ‘no motor vehicles’ road sign means

The question answered incorrectly by the most drivers was ‘What is the blood alcohol limit for drivers in England in Wales?’ - 68 per cent of those quizzed did not know the legal alcohol limit. However, drivers in Scotland - where the limit has recently been lowered - scored the highest on their knowledge of drink driving limits.

Disturbingly - but perhaps unsurprisingly - those that have been driving for one to six months months are the least roadworthy and scored the lowest out of everyone who used the tool - with those who have been driving 20-plus years the most roadworthy.

To take the quiz, go to http://www.halfordsautocentres.com/advice/news/quiz-how-roadworthy-are-you.