The five easiest places to get your driving test in Scotland
THE five easiest places in Scotland for learner drivers to pass their test have been revealed.
The Scottish test centers with the highest pass rate have been indicated by new data.
On average, 46.4% of learners passed the first time in 2019/20, but this figure jumped to 51% in 2020/21.
But with new route proposals under which learners who fail their test may have to wait up to a month before trying again, there is added pressure for novice drivers to give up their L-plates on the first attempt.
But the figures show that L-plated drivers who take the test at these centers are more likely to pass and hit the road.
Statistics show that four of the five best performing test centers in the UK are north of the border.
The highest ranked test center in the UK was Ballater in Aberdeenshire, with 72% of trainee motorists passing the first time.
Second place in the UK was Portree on the Isle of Skye, with an average pass rate of 90%.
Lerwick test centers in Shetland and Orkney both have an impressive 68% of motorists wearing P plates when they leave.
And 64% of Fort William learners also leave after passing their test, making it the ninth highest in Britain.
The data was calculated taking into account the average number of tests, the pass rate and the number of canceled tests.
Glasgow’s driving test center has proven to be the toughest in Scotland – with less than half of learners passing
An additional worry for trainee motorists is the rising cost of learning to drive – which only adds to the growing pressure to get their full licence.
Data from the National Driving Test Report indicates that to achieve the DVSA standard of 44 hours of lessons, learner drivers in Glasgow have to pay an average of £1,320.
Five Tips for Passing Your FIRST TIME Driving Test
- Use your instructor’s car
Doing your road test in a car that you are comfortable and familiar with driving is one of the most important things to do. Almost all the time, your instructor will let you use their car for the test, so you don’t have to worry about getting to know a new vehicle as well as everything else.
Allow an hour before your test with your instructor to go over everything you need to know. You’ll feel much more confident heading into the test if you’ve been training that day, and you’ll be even more relaxed about it. And the more relaxed you are, the better you will drive.
- Know the test route
In your pre-lesson, as well as in other previous lessons, ask your instructor to guide you through the practice course you will be using on D-Day. This way you can familiarize yourself with the roads and any areas potentially difficult with your instructor with you to tell you about it. On test day, the roads won’t seem so intimidating after this dry run.
- Ask the examiner to repeat requests if necessary
Don’t be afraid to ask the reviewer to repeat themselves if you don’t understand the request. They’ll be much more impressed that you want to get the right information than if you just panic and guess, which will cause you to lose focus and possibly make a mistake.
- Overdoing security and rear-view mirror checks
Your examiner will be watching over you by performing all necessary security checks – and that includes mirrors. It may seem abnormal to turn your whole body to look in your mirrors before a maneuver, but it just lets the examiner know exactly what checks to make and when.
The report revealed some of the main reasons why learner drivers end up failing their test.
These include making mistakes at intersections, not checking their mirrors, positioning themselves incorrectly and not having control of the vehicle.
The report comes as the driving test center with the shortest waiting time in the UK has been revealed – and it is in Scotland.
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