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New drivers 'feel under-prepared'

AS MANY as 50% of motorists felt under-prepared and nervous when taking to the road for the first time after passing their driving test, it was revealed today.

Nearly 90% took less than the recommended 40 hours of lessons before taking the test, according to a survey by car insurance company ingenie and the RoadSafe organisation.

Male drivers aged 17-25 said their main emotion after passing the test was confidence.

Yet they were more than twice as likely to have a collision in their first month of driving compared with female drivers.

Overall, the poll of 1,000 UK motorists showed that 35% of drivers admitted to having had a collision in their first year of driving.


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