Alarmingly, some new drivers only pass after taking their test more than 15 times!

 

According to a Freedom of Information Request (FOI) to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), just over a quarter (26%) of new drivers pass their driving test on the first attempt.

Their figures show that from the 1,692,782 drivers who took their practical test last year, only 447,442 passed on their first attempt, with 13,155 candidates attempting to pass on 6-10 occasions, 328 required 11 to 15 attempts, whilst alarmingly, some new drivers only passed after taking their test more than 15 times!

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There’s also a suggestion from the FOI, that learner drivers are taking longer to have driving lessons. Back in 2016, three learner drivers only passed their theory test after 15 or more attempts. This figure jumped to seven in 2017 and up to 10 in 2018.

The practical driving test went through a number of changes in 2017 and this could be the main reason why so many new drivers are failing on their first attempt.

As part of another survey carried out recently, the biggest reasons why new drivers are failing their test is for pulling out of junctions (top of the list), followed by not using their mirrors enough, turning right at junctions, steering control and responding to traffic lights.

In London and the South East is where learner drivers are most likely going to require 15 or more attempts on their theory test, followed by the Midlands, North of England, Wales, South West and Scotland.

The cost to sit your theory test is £23, whilst the practical test costs £62 during the week and £75 on weekends and Bank Holidays.

 

 

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