I’m sorry to tell you that…

…you haven’t passed your test today.

How many people have heard those words when they took their driving test for the first time?

A BBC driving expert (?!) has said that it’s easier to pass your test if you take it in a rural area, as you learn routes in a more predictable environment – compared with a more urban area where you face multiple hazards and have to make decisions faster.

Figures from DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) show that, while the average pass rate is 47.1%, you were almost 15% more likely to fail if you took the test in Belvedere, Bexley – something that some people actually put down to the examiners (they’re too quiet, apparently!), rather than the roads.

Unpredictable roads, grumpy examiners, unsympathetic motorists, a particularly ballsy squirrel – whatever.

These aren’t the problem!

Truth is, passing your test really comes down to a combination of practice and nerves – both of which are in the control of the student.

It’s all too often that I hear people say that they can only afford a handful of lessons and then want to sit a driving test, or they’ll only need 10 to 15 hours because they learn quickly.

But, then they here the words no learner wants to hear …you haven’t passed your test today.

You just can’t short cut practice and hope you’ll scrape through.

And yes, some people are natural drivers and do learn quicker than most, but they listen to their instructors advice before jumping in head first and booking a driving test.

Driving tests are a challenging, and an uncomfortable place for learners, but those who pass, especially at their first attempt have had enough practice with a professional instructor, they’ve learned their theory, and they’ve managed to keep their nervous under control.

So, if you’re contemplating booking your driving test, speak with your driving instructor first and listen to their advise, their are generally right.

Have a great week.