January 29, 2012 19:00 ET

Study Hard as the Driving Theory Test is Getting Tougher Warns Swinton

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Jan. 29, 2012) - Swinton, the UK's leading retailer of car insurance, is warning learner drivers about the changes to the driving theory test.

The theory test will pose more of a challenge for learner drivers as they will not be able to study or memorise the answers from the official study material ahead of an exam.

The changes enforced will prevent candidates from learning the answers by heart therefore participants will have to revise each topic.

A recent survey showed that candidates who memorised the answers were less likely to fully understand the Highway Code. Results showed that 12% of drivers did not know the term of the 'blind spot', which is the area drivers are unable to see in the mirrors.

Swinton is advising learner drivers to always read the Highway Code in advance to any exam and ahead of driving lessons to keep them aware of the rules of the road.

Steve Chelton, Claims Manager at Swinton said, "The best way of gaining knowledge of how a road works is to take plenty of lessons and make observations. Learner drivers should not rely on DVLA revision material to pass the exam; they should study the Highway Code to further their understanding of driving and apply it when they are on the roads. By doing so they are always prepared for challenges that may occur whilst driving and will become safer drivers in the long run and thus reducing the chances of an accident and a claim on their motor insurance policy."

For more information please contact Mairead Rodden or Lucy Gordon at SKV Communications on 0161 838 7770 or email firstname.surname@skvcommunications.co.uk.

About Swinton

  • With 553 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer
  • Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community
  • Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance
  • With a dedicated team on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates.

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