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The Driving Standards Agency has revealed that 415 learner drivers were involved in an accident during their driving test last year. It was also revealed that 21 sat their test for at least the 30th attempt.
Of all 700,000 candidates that sat their practical test last year however, the worst managed to clock up 12 serious or dangerous faults in a single test. Recording just one serious or “major” fault is enough to fail the test, but the man managed to fail on almost every possible part of the test.
The examiner said that he did not have proper control of the car through the steering wheel or gears, didn’t use his mirrors and was no safe when moving off. He was also at fault approaching junctions as well as turning both left and right.
The driver received another fault when travelling at the wrong speed along one road.
Despite this, it was actually women who made more major errors in their driving tests- totalling 875,000 compared with 663,000 for men.
The most common errors for both genders were failing to make proper observations at junctions and not using mirrors correctly when changing direction.
Women were more likely than men to fail the test due to a failure to control the car while reversing, or not controlling the car properly with either the gears or steering wheel.
In comparison, men were more likely to fail due to not moving off safely, driving too fast and not taking the right action when confronted with road signs and traffic lights.
These statistics come soon after the news that a woman from Southwark, South-East London, was dubbed ‘Britain’s worst learner driver’, having failed her theory test a staggering 113 times.
The driving theory test has an average pass rate of 51.6% nationally and is comprised of two parts; multiple-choice questions and a hazard perception part.
Even if this woman does prove that she knows the rules of the road and its potential dangers by passing the test, she will still have her practical test to overcome before she is able to drive unaccompanied.
A spokesman for the AA said: “We applaud people who have failed the test multiple times, because although their driving may not be great they are still doggedly staying within the system rather than the one in 20 drivers who are going around uninsured.”
“These disqualified drivers or those that can’t be bothered to pass the test are the real menace on our roads.”
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