If you’re a learner driver looking to visit one of Britain’s 414 Driving Test Centres and earn your license this year, the best advice we can give is: head for the hills!
In figures released by the Driving Standards Agency, the Scottish Highlands, rural Wales and the Lake District produce the highest pass rates of any area.
Drivers taking their test in the countryside are twice as likely to pass their test as their city cousins.
The Daily Telegraph reports that the highest pass rate in Britain was at Campbeltown in Argyll, Scotland. From 120 candidates, 87 were successful – a rate of 72.5 per cent. Dig even deeper and the statistics seem to deliver even more evidence – the top five places in the driving test league table were Scottish while Wales accounted for a further four from the top 20 sites. English rural locations Kendal, Cumbria (68.7 per cent pass) and Grantham in Lincolnshire (63 per cent) also faired particularly well.
If you’re looking to pass your driving test, you may want to steer clear of West Yorkshire and London. In Bradford, only 31.6 per cent of drivers were successful – the nation’s lowest return. Of the ten most demanding driving tests, six of the locations were in or around the nation’s capital: Wanstead, Belvedere, Wood Green, Barking, Brentwood, and Barnet were all comparatively demanding.
Adding further colour to the statistics, Neil Greig, the director of policy and research at the Institute of Advanced Motorists, suggested:
“In rural areas, the need to pass a driving test is paramount. Candidates are going to make sure they are well prepared. There may be fewer hazards such as roundabouts in some rural areas, but there are other risks, such as sheep.”
However, an AA driving school spokesperson added:
“There is no long-term benefit in only being able to drive on a certain type of road, so we would not recommend learners try to book their tests in remote areas on the off-chance they may find it easier to pass there.”