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Tired of failing your driving test? Try your luck in Scotland and Wales

Official figures from the DVLA suggest you are most likely to pass your driving test if you take it in Wales or Scotland.

You'll find it easier to pass your driving test if you head for rural areas.
You’ll find it easier to pass your driving test if you head for rural areas.

Those who took their test in the Scottish Highlands and islands proved more than twice as likely to pass compared with those who took their test in Bradford (Heaton), West Yorkshire, the place with the lowest pass rate average in the UK.

Campbeltown, Argyll, came out top of the list — if you ignore incredibly small test locations such as South Uist where five out of five passed — with 87 candidates passing out of a total 120. That equates to a 72.5 per cent pass rate.

Rural Scotland accounted for the top five places in the Telegraph’s list, though Kendal, Cumbria saw similar levels of success. The Welsh market town scored a pass rate of 68.7 per cent.

Areas that proved to have the lowest pass rate included busy towns and cities such as London and West Yorkshire. Out of the worst performing areas, six of the bottom ten came from around Greater London. Wanstead, Barking, Belvedere, Wood Green, Brentwood and Barnet saw relatively high levels of failure.

Despite the obvious benefits, the AA is quick to warn incompetent drivers against travelling further afield in search of an easier driving test.

“There is no long-term benefit in only being able to drive on a certain type of road, so we would not recommend learners try to book their tests in remote areas on the off-chance they may find it easier to pass there,” said a spokesman for the organisation.

Speaking on the geographical variations, Neil Greig, director of policy and research at the Institute of Advanced Motorists, explained: “In rural areas, the need to pass a driving test is paramount. Candidates are going to make sure they are well prepared. There may be fewer hazards such as roundabouts in some rural areas, but there are other risks, such as sheep.”

You have been warned.

Test centres with highest pass rate include:
Campbeltown, Argyll 72.5 per cent
Kendal, Cumbria 68.7 per cent
Llandrindod Wells, Powys 64.7 per cent
Grantham, Lincs 63.7 per cent
Barrow in Furness, Cumbria 62.7 per cent

Test Centres with the lowest pass rate include:
Wednesbury, West Midlands 35.1 per cent
Wood Green, Greater London 34.4 per cent
Belvedere, Greater London 33.4 per cent
Wanstead, Greater London 32.8 per cent
Bradford (Heaton), West Yorkshire 31.6 per cent

Source: The Telegraph


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