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Best places to pass your driving test

Young driverIf you’re determined to pass your driving test first time, then Kendal is the place for you – more than two in three learner drivers (68%) pass their test first time in the Cumbrian town.

Barrow-in-Furness, also in Cumbria, had the second highest first time pass rate (66%) in 2015/2016, according to data analysis by The Car People.

There’s up to a 40% difference in first time pass rates between major towns, with only 28% of learners passing their test first time in Belvedere, London.

Best places to pass your test first time

Test Centre % first time pass rate
Kendal (Oxenholme Road), Cumbria 67.8
Barrow In Furness, Cumbria 66.6
Ashton Under Lyne, Greater Manchester 66
Brecon, Wales 64.8
Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire 63.3
Skegness, Lincolnshire 63
Malton, North Yorkshire 62.9
Hyde, Manchester 62
Dorchester, Dorset 62
Peterhead, Aberdeenshire 61.8

Of course, passing your test is all down to your knowledge, skill and plenty of practice, but it’s clear to see that the busier the town/city, the lower the pass rate.

That said, the amount of people passing their test with zero faults has doubled in nine years.

Overall, a total of 1,252,871 tests were taken in 2016/2017 – and 52.8% of these were failed.

Top 10 places with the lowest first time pass rate

Test centre % first time pass rate
Belvedere, London 28.0
Cheetham Hill, Manchester 30.5
Wanstead, London 31.7
South Yardley, Birmingham 31.8
Erith, London 33.2
Leeds, West Yorkshire 33.7
Garston (Liverpool), Merseyside 34.1
Barking, London 34.1
Ayr, Scotland 34.9
Salford (Fire Station), Manchester 35.0


About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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