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Preston Named as the City With the Best Drivers in the UK!

Preston is the city with the best drivers 

  • Aberdeen ranks as the city with the second-best drivers 
  • Cardiff comes in third

A new study has revealed that Preston is the city with the best drivers. 


The study by insurance broker onesureinsurance.co.uk analysed fatal, serious and slight traffic accidents as well as test centre pass rates, percentage of those who pass first time and how many passed with 0 faults. This helps to give an indication of how good and safe drivers are in each city. 


1 – Preston  


Preston is located in Lancashire, the county is 80% rural containing sprawling countryside roads, connecting the towns and cities. Preston has had very few fatal traffic accidents, with only 0.06 per 10,000, and only 12.7 serious or slight accidents per 10,000 people. The test centre has one of the highest pass rates at 61% and the highest number of people passing on their first attempt with 0 faults (174). 


Driver index: 40.48 


2 – Aberdeen  


Aberdeen is a port city in northeast Scotland; the third most populous city in the country. Despite this, there are only 6.41 serious or slight traffic accidents per 10,000 people. Furthermore, 62% of drivers passed their test on their first attempt with 132 passing with 0 faults since April 2022. Making drivers in Aberdeen some of the safest and best according to the study.  


Driver index: 35.71 


3 – Cardiff 


Cardiff is the capital of Wales and is an expansive city with intricate roads that provides transport links for many commercial and residential purposes. There have been very few fatal accidents in Cardiff with only 0.16 per 10,000 people. Cardiff has one of the highest pass rates in Wales with the test centre having a pass rate of 59.2%. With few accidents and high pass rates, the data indicates drivers in Cardiff ranks as being some of the safest in the UK. 


Driver index: 34.12 



4 – Norwich  


Norwich ranks as the city with the fourth-best drivers in the UK. Norwich is the city with the fewest fatalities per 10,000 people (0.04) however has slightly more serious and slight accidents with 26.18 per 10,000 people. 56% of drivers who have passed their test since April 2022 have passed 1st time and 115 of those with 0 faults.  


Driver index: 33.82 


5 –Chichester  


Chichester is a cathedral city and civil parish in West Sussex, England. Chichester has 0.64 fatalities and 41.1 serious and slight accidents per 10,000. However, drivers in Chichester are more likely to pass their test as the centre has a 65% pass rate, with 66.5% passing first time. 


Driver index: 29.48 


6 – Dundee 


Dundee is a coastal city on the Firth of Tay estuary in eastern Scotland. There are only 18.12 traffic accidents per 10,000 people and the test centre has a 62.8% pass rate with 59.7% passing first time, although much fewer drivers pass with 0 faults which leaves Dundee as the sixth city with the best drivers.  


Driver index: 28.86 


7 – London 


London, despite being the most populous and densely populated city in the UK, ranks 7th on the list of cities with the best drivers. This is due to there being only 0.19 road fatalities and only 7.23 serious and slight traffic accidents per 10,000 people. However, across the city the average test centre pass rate is only 44.8% with only 45% of those passing first time. 


Driver index: 28.07 


8 – Newport  


Newport is a city in south Wales, only about 12 miles from Cardiff. With only 10.59 accidents per 10,000 people, drivers in this area are clearly relatively safe on the roads. However, Newport test centre records more fails than most in Wales with only 50% of drivers passing. 


Driver index: 26.99 




9 – Chelmsford 


Chelmsford has very similar stats to Newport with 50% of drivers passing their test and 52% passing first time. However, drivers in Chelmsford have more serious and slight traffic accidents with 24.21 meaning the city lands in ninth place.  


Driver index: 25.84 


10 – Southend-on-Sea 


Southend-On-Sea is tenth on this list as there are 14.80 accidents per 10,000 people, which is less than Chelmsford and Newport, however, less drivers pass their test with 0 faults (18 over the past year) compared to other cities. Southend-On-Sea does have similar overall pass rates with 51% to its close competition, so narrowly misses out on landing a higher place in the list. 


Driver index: 25.55 


A spokesperson from onesureinsurance.co.uk commented: “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.  


Learning to drive is important for many to gain freedom and independence; however, it’s important that people are driving safely and responsibly. This data does show a correlation between the cities that have lots of people passing first time, and fewer road accidents and fatalities. Meaning that these cities are more likely to have safe and good drivers on the roads.”  




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