But that appears not to be the case, if we are to judge by a study released recently by LeaseTrader. Their poll showed that, should such an imaginary world exist, most of the drivers you see passing by you like wannabe Formula 1 racers would fail the driving exam with flying colors.
LeaseTrader asked 500 men and women, each with at least five years of driving experience, 10 apparently simple traffic related questions, taken right from the exam forms currently in use in the UK. The results are, of you like, disastrous.
The conclusion of the study is simple: the more driving experience you have, the more likely you are to fail a driving exam. Drivers who had some 20 years of experience behind the wheel were right on the money in only 46 percent of the cases, those with 10 to 20 years of experience in 58 percent of the cases and those with 5 to 10 years of experience were 64 percent right. Unfortunately, none of those questioned gave the right answer to all those questions.
Now, the study doesn't say why this is so. Most definitely, once a driver passes the exam, he or she will never put their hands on another traffic law book ever again. In time, rules and regulations change and, provided no one advertises those changes, the drivers are unaware of the fact that what they once knew no longer applies.