A new study by Privilege Car Insurance reveals the best and worst place for taking the driving test
Privilege Car Insurance has analysed official pass rates from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) from across the country to reveal the best places to take (and pass!) the driving test.
The auto insurance provide, Privilege Car Insurance, used the DVSA pass rate data from the years 2011 to 2015. The findings show that 53 per cent of learner drivers fail the driving test each year; a figure that is perhaps slightly disheartening to those about to sit the nerve-wrecking test!
Predictably, the pass rate in rural locations is much higher than urban areas, such as London, which is the hardest place in the UK to pass the driving test, according to the DVSA data.
Four of the top five toughest areas to pass the test are in London, with the top spot going to Wanstead, which had a 67.2 per cent fail rate between 2011 and 2015.
At the other end of the spectrum, learner drivers in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, can breathe a sigh of relief, as this has the lowest fail rate throughout the whole country. An of average of 33.9 per cent of learner drivers failed the test here between 2011 and 2015.
Best places to take the driving test according to DVSA data from 2011-2015:
1) Barrow-in-Furness (Cumbria) – Av. Fail rate of 33.9%
2) Whitby (North Yorkshire) – Av. Fail rate of 34.5%
3) Llandrindod Wells (Powys) – Av. Fail rate of 34.9%
4) Lerwick (Shetland) – Av. Fail rate of 35.5%
5) Fort William (Highlands) – Av. Fail rate of 35.5%
According to Privilege Car Insurance, the main reason for failing the driving test is poor observation at junctions. Failure to check mirrors, right turnings at junctions and steering control are also major tripping points for learner drivers.
Neil Beeson, Privilege Car Insurance consultant and expert, said that those learning to drive in rural areas have it easy at the test stage but that this “puts [them] at a disadvantage… in heavy traffic, or in complicated multi-lane situations.”
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