FROM checking your mirrors to mastering a three-point turn, passing the driving test can be very challenging.
The UK’s national pass rate is only around 50% but some driving test centers have higher numbers, this is how you increase your chances of hitting the road.
There are close to 400 driving test centers across the UK.
They are based in major cities like London, Birmingham and Manchester as well as less populated locations including the Scottish Highlands.
Before taking one driving practice test, you’ll need to get a provisional driver’s license and find an instructor to teach you how to drive.
You will also need to pass the theory exam before you can take the practical exam.
The theory test can be taken from your 17th birthday onwards and it quizzes you on your knowledge of Highway Codes, traffic signs, driving skills and dangers on the road.
After you pass the theory test and have studied enough, you can take the full practical driving test.
If you pass, you will be issued a full driver’s license.
But overcoming is not easy.
According to the Drivers and Vehicles Authority (DVA), the average nationwide pass rate from April to September 2021 was 50.5%.
Its latest data shows that there were 692,684 tests over a six-month period and 349,546 passes.
Of the 355,358 men who took the test, about 187,003 passed, a rate of 52.6%.
The pass rate for women was lower, with 337,161 people taking the test and 162,493 people passing, a rate of 48.2%.
But pass rates vary across the country.
The data is skewed by the number of people taking the test in each location but analysis of the DVA data by The Sun found pass rates as high as 92.9% in Mallaig, which is based in the Scottish highlands.
It only had 14 tests for the time being – but registered 13 passes.
Other Scottish islands and towns such as the Isle of Mull, Ballater, Islay Island and Crieff all have pass rates above 80%.
Lee On The Solent in Hampshire was the busiest location on the top 50 pass list.
It performed 3,316 tests and passed 2,254 new drivers, or 68%.
Next is Yeovil, which has a pass rate of 65.9% based on 2,225 tests, and Dorchester, where a pass rate is 65.4% based on 2,495 tests.
The area with the lowest pass rate between April and September 2021 is Erith in south-east London with 27.5%, based on 2,177 tests and just 599 points.
Belvedere in south-east London has a pass rate of 30.6% but there are also hard to beat places outside of London.
The pass rate in Carlisle is just 35.7% and around 37% in parts of Birmingham.
How to find the best driving test center
The DVA publishes data on pass rates every three months.
The latest figures are published in December 2021, so the next batch of data will be released in March 2022.
This will give you an indication of the pass rates in your area or places near you.
Moving to the Scottish Highlands, which has the highest pass rates, is not the most effective strategy for learner drivers.
This is because instructors recommend that it’s best to learn on local roads so you get used to them and increase your chances of passing.
It’s also hard to find an instructor in a completely different part of the country where you can go, practice, and take tests.
But you can check DVA data to see if there are neighborhoods and other testing centers near you with higher pass rates, which may work in larger cities.
It will also depend on your driving instructor and the area they operate in.
If you are studying with an instructor, talk to them about your nearest and most suitable test center.
You can also check which test center is closest to you using website gov.co.uk.
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