Great persistence and 60 times lucky for Learner driver!

Great persistence and 60 times lucky for Learner driver!

By Jill Dando News

It was 60 times lucky for a learner driver who failed their theory test 59 times before finally passing.

By Jill Dando News

Winston Churchill famously said never to give up while leaders across the world past and present all talk about the power of grit and determination.

Now one person has clocked up 60 hours and nearly £1400 in Worcestershire to pass their theory test.

Camilla Benitz, managing director of AA Driving School, said: ‘There’s no doubt it’s a tough test and these learners’ commitment to passing is amazing.

‘But with the right tools, it really shouldn’t need to cost this much to be successful. Nerves can undoubtedly play a part, as well as making sure you understand what the test will involve before you get there.’

Ms Benitz said it’s easily to underestimate the theory test, but reviewing before taking your test is recommended.

Figures from the Department for Transport figures revealed the pass rate for theory tests has fallen from 65% in the 2008 to 44% in 2023.

For those looking to get a licence to drive a car, each theory test attempt costs £23 and takes around an hour.

It consists of 50 multiple-choice questions testing candidates’ knowledge of the Highway Code and guidance on driving skills, and drivers must get 43 correct answers to pass.

This is followed by a hazard perception test, which involves 14 video clips of driving situations.

People who fail the theory test must wait at least three working days before taking it again.

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