Worst place in UK to take your driving test – and the chances of passing are much lower.
Pass rates in different parts of the country are very, very different – and there are lots of theories as to why.
Taking a driving test is a right of passage. Many of us will remember the daunting feeling of waiting for the examiner to reveal your fate as they counted the tally marks on your test report.
In the UK, 55 per cent of people fail their driving test on the first attempt and more than a million people don’t pass until the sixth try.
Where you take your driving test is usually down to where you live but according to new data provided by car company Peter Vardy, anyone taking their driving test in London, Manchester, Liverpool or Birmingham face slim odds of passing.
Using the pass rate of each test centre, the study reports that learner drivers trying their chances at winning their license at the Erith Test Centre in London face the worst odds in the country and have just a 30.5 per cent chance of passing.
This means that one in seven hopeful drivers fail according to statistics.
Erith is closely followed by test centres in other areas such as Sutton Coldfield, Rochdale, Speke, South Yardley and Wanstead which all have less than an 35 per cent pass rate for drivers desperate to ditch their L-plates.
Those taking their tests in more rural areas of the UK fare much better and experts suggest that it might be due to the likelihood of driving on quieter roads than the ones found in larger metropolitan areas.
Anyone struggling to pass in London or Manchester should perhaps try their fate in Yeovil in Somerset where the local test centre boasts a pass rate of 64.29 per cent.
Test centres in Ipswich, Dundee, Ashfield and Durham all have high pass rates too, with each passing well over half of test takers.
Why drivers fail their practical tests is down to a number of different factors which vary from nerves, to lack of practice, lack of confidence and lack of skill.
In a report published by the DVSA, the most popular reason for failing a test is poor observation at junctions and unsatisfactory use of mirrors.
This led 368,047 learner drivers to fail between December 2017 and December 2018.
Peter Vardy found that 55.8 per cent of Brits found parallel parking the most difficult element of the practical test and this was confirmed by the DVSA who have revealed that the failure to complete a parallel park is one of the top 10 reasons why learners fail.
The practical exam is not the only element of learning to drive though; the theory test is just as important as the practical but unfortunately, 1.8 million of us needed three attempts to pass.
Most candidates struggled to remember stopping distances and react quickly to the hazard perception element of the test; with 45.3 per cent and 35.1 percent of candidates respectively finding these topics the most difficult.
Recently, a man from Swindon was convicted of paying an impersonator £500 to take the theory test on his behalf after failing a total of 27 times.
Sudon Miah, 31, was given a 14-month sentence suspended for two years and a 200-hour unpaid work order.
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