As the driving test turns 80 this week, a leading road safety charity has said it should be give a complete overhaul.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) says the way new drivers are taught should be changed to address the modern problems faced by young people on the road.
As it stands now, the driving test does not include any testing of a driver’s ability to cope safely with country roads, poor weather or driving at night.
The IAM would like to see a number of changes made, including adding road safety education to the National Curriculum, high speed roads and motorways included in the test and a lower drink-drive limit for new drivers.
A spokesman for the charity also said that the driving test needed to take into account whether the influence of technology, such as satellite navigation and cradle-held mobile phones, should play a part in a 21st century driving test.
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