Motorists should re-take their driving test every five years, study suggests

EMBARGOED TO 0001 THURSDAY MAY 29 EDITORIAL USE ONLY EDS NOTE THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SET UP Keith, 61, from West Wickham in Kent, who passed his driving test in 1971, takes a mock driving test with Dave, a driving instructor, in Lee, south east London, as part of a new study from Direct Line Car Insurance. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday May 29, 2014. According to the study by Direct Line, which tested drivers to see how people pick up bad habits over time, 76% of experienced motorists would fail if they were to re-sit their driving test today. See PA story TRANSPORT DrivingTest. Photo credit should read: Geoff Caddick/PA Wire
EMBARGOED TO 0001 THURSDAY MAY 29 EDITORIAL USE ONLY EDS NOTE THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SET UP Keith, 61, from West Wickham in Kent, who passed his driving test in 1971, takes a mock driving test with Dave, a driving instructor, in Lee, south east London, as part of a new study from Direct Line Car Insurance. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday May 29, 2014. According to the study by Direct Line, which tested drivers to see how people pick up bad habits over time, 76% of experienced motorists would fail if they were to re-sit their driving test today. See PA story TRANSPORT DrivingTest. Photo credit should read: Geoff Caddick/PA Wire

More than half of motorists support changes to the driving test to improve standards on the road. A recent poll of 2,000 motorists by Continental Tyres revealed support for frequent updates to the test - and that regular retests would be supported.

The study found that drivers believe tests should be retaken every five years to improve road safety, as well as to aid competence with new automotive technologies such as sat-nav and automatic driver aids.