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24th time lucky for one learner driver

Passing a driving test can be a bit of a challenge as recent learner driver statistics reveal.

Some of us will have passed first time while others may have needed a second or third go to obtain their four-wheeled freedom. But for one 24-year-old women from Chippenham, it was the 24th go that saw her finally pass her test.

The unnamed motorist was among eight fellow drivers who took more than 20 driving tests each before passing, according to Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) figures obtained by the Press Association.

A further ten learner drivers – four males and six females – managed to get through 200 failed driving tests between them, the youngest of which was a 24-year-old female and the oldest was a 47-year-old man.

A lack of preparation was cited as a possible reason for learners going away from the driving centre empty handed, according to Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) road safety bigwig Kevin Clinton.

Fret not if you were one of the driving test-challenged motorists. A recent study by insurance broker Direct Line found only 12 out of 50 ‘experienced’ motorists passed a mock re-test. There was also the story of a women who failed her theory test 105 times if you really need cheering up.

Figures from the Driver Vehicle and Licensing Agency (DVLA) revealed one in five learner drivers have penalty points to their name. Suddenly we feel much better about passing second time…

Learner drivers would be wise to get their confidence up and practice a lot before booking in a test or risk waiting even longer to get out on the road unsupervised. Unnecessary fails will, after all, eat into the furry dice, drive-thru McDonald and subwoofer fund.


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