August 15, 2018 by Jason Contant
If British Columbians had to take their driving test over again, it’s likely that about 40% of them would fail, according to recently released results from the more than 83,000 people that completed the province’s public auto insurer’s Drive Smart Refresher Test.
“The results show that we could use some improvement,” says the province’s public insurer, the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC). “If the refresher test were treated like the knowledge test, which requires a minimum score of 80 per cent to obtain a learner’s licence, over 18,000 (40 per cent) would have failed.”
ICBC made its observation on Aug. 3, when more than 45,000 completed the test. A week later, more than 83,100 people had taken the test, with an average score of 79%.
Based on the completed tests, drivers had the most difficulty in the following areas:
Interestingly, questions related to texting while driving had near-perfect scores, despite the fact that more than 34,000 drivers were ticketed for using an electronic device in 2017, according to provincial police. “We think it boils down to a matter of driver overconfidence,” ICBC spokesperson Joanna Linsangan said Wednesday. “Many think they can multi-task – eat their breakfast, do their makeup, or send a text – all while driving.”
People may have a false sense of security that if they’re stopped at a red light, nothing can happen. “We found that 60% of crashes happen at intersections, which makes it even more important to be vigilant and aware of your surroundings.”
Here are some of the top questions that were answered incorrectly:
The results revealed that when answering “slow down, move over” questions, many erred on the side of caution and chose the slowest option. “The problem with that is, if you’re travelling on a highway with speeds of 100 km/h, there’s an inherent danger to travelling one-third slower than the other vehicles around you,” Linsagan said.
The test also found that the following road signs were incorrectly identified (clockwise from top left):
ICBC reported in July that vehicle crashes in the province hit an all-time high of 350,000 in 2017, about 960 a day – a 25 per cent increase since 2014.