Learning how to drive is almost considered a rite of passage for teenagers nowadays. A great deal of stress and significance is levelled at promoting your green provisional to a fully fledged official pink license.
However, for some the daunting driver’s test may prove to be too much and new statistics released by the Driving Standards Agency have suggested that perhaps those who are tired of failing may have better luck trying further afield. The statistics clearly dictate that those who take their tests in locations such as Scotland and Wales, areas that hold a lot of country-roads and less urbanised cities, are much more likely to pass their tests whereas those who take their tests in built-up areas have a higher chance of failing.
The research showed that the highest pass-rate was found in Campbeltown, Argyll, with a pass-rate of 72 per cent. In fact, the first five spots for highest pass-rate were taken by areas in rural Scotland, adding weight to the theory of urbanisation being a key factor in test fails. Furthermore, those who took their tests in areas such as London and West Yorkshire yielded the worse results of the lot. The majority of the locations languishing down at the bottom of the table were boroughs in London.
However, though the rate in rural areas of Scotland and Wales as well as the Lake District is almost twice the success rate in urban areas, this doesn’t account for the number of test takers. It also makes very little difference when it comes to real-world driving conditions; though a participant may take their test in a rural area of Scotland where traffic and congestion is not particularly high, it’s unlikely they will go through life experiencing these pleasant conditions and it may be beneficial to their ability as a driver if they pass their driving test under the pressure that an urbanised and built-up area could potentially offer.