Despite younger drivers often being blamed for the nation's motoring woes, a new survey has found a staggering 75 per cent of experienced motorists would struggle to pass the driving test if they had to take it again.
Insurance provider Direct Line subjected 50 current licence holders to a repeat test, with a shocking three quarters of them not making the grade.
It wasn't just a case of poor habits accruing too many minor faults, either. Those who failed averaged three major faults between them, with one driver committing an astonishing ten major faults.
In the current driving test just one major fault is enough to fail, though candidates are allowed to commit up to 15 minor errors. The average minor faults amongst those who failed their re-test was 16. One hapless driver – who we seriously hope is considering some extra driver training – accrued 42 minor faults over the course of the 45-minute test.
The driving errors exhibited ranged from speeding, hitting kerbs and – worryingly – failing to see pedestrians, causing them to take evasive action. Poor vehicle control and a lack of concentration emerged as the most common cause of minor faults.
Direct Line has cited an over reliance on in-car aids such as parking sensors for poor attention and complacent behaviour behind the wheel.
Direct Line's motor director Rob Miles said: "While drivers gain experience with age, it's easy to pick up bad habits that could be potentially dangerous and put other road users at risk.
"Driving aids are becoming increasingly common and when used correctly, can result in a safer, more-comfortable driving experience.
"However, it's important that drivers don't rely too heavily on these aids, as it can be to the detriment of both their overall ability and concentration on the road ahead."