Let’s be honest, we all make a judgement when we take the car to other parts of the UK for work or a holiday – how do the drivers here compare to the ones back home?
Your view might be tainted by your personal experience in a particular city, or how you feel about certain brands, or how busy you like your roads.
But here is a decent attempt at an index that might provide an objective, definitive list of the British cities with the best and worst drivers.
It takes into account data from local driving tests as well as fatal, serious and slight traffic crashes, feeding everything into a big algorithm to pump out a ranking.
A spokesman for data collators One Sure Insurance told MailOnline: ‘On average someone is injured or killed on roads in the UK every 16 minutes.
‘The majority of these accidents are caused by speeding. Bad driving can lead to preventable accidents, death and damage that could cost you.’
Here’s where you’d find the nation’s top and bottom-ranked drivers, according to their figures.
The top five cities for drivers in the UK
Kicking off the top five is the Roman-founded city in West Sussex. According to the stats, more drivers there passed their test on the first try than any of the other 63 places listed.
The Norfolk city had just one fatal car crash in 2020/21, giving it a rate of 0.05 fatal incidents per 10,000 – the lowest on the list.
The Welsh capital has an impressively low rate of serious and slight crashes per 10,000 population (11.54) and an impressively high number of people passing their first test without any faults (187).
The Granite City, Scotland’s third largest, had the second-highest percentage of people who passed their driving test on the first try (62.2%) after Chichester. The other stats were good enough to earn the lovely seaside spot second place.
But coming top is the pleasant city of Preston, which scored impressive numbers across the board to give it a comfortable lead. Its 0.06 fatal crashes per 10,000 population is one of the lowest listed, while its 61.1% test pass rate is one of the highest.
Dundee was in sixth place, London in seventh, Newport in eighth, Chelmsford came ninth, and Southend-on-Sea rounded out the top ten.
The bottom five cities for drivers in the UK
Bad news for the South Yorkshire city, as it comes out fifth worst in this ranking. Its main issues are the driving tests, with a pass rate of just 41.4% and 42.4% of people passing on the first go.
There were 55 fatal crashes in Cambridge over 2020/21, according to the statistics, meaning it has a very high rate of 3.47 per 10,000 population.
The UK’s second-biggest city is also home to its third-worst drivers, according to this data. A lower percentage of people pass their tests first time there than almost any of the other cities listed – just 40%.
With fairly normal crash statistics, it’s driving tests that have brought Plymouth down to its unenviable position on the table. The pass rate in the city is just 37.9, and the first-time pass percentage is 37.4% – only Wolverhampton, which a pass rate of 35.2 with 35.7% first-time passers, is lower.
The largest city in West Yorkshire crashes into last place on the list. That’s down to poor numbers across the board: a fatal crash rate of 0.64 per 10,000 population; a serious and slight crash rate of 52.1 per 10,000; a driving test pass rate of 41.2; a first-time pass percentage of 40.2% and only 16 drivers who passed their test first time with no faults. Hard luck, Leeds.
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