Many learners are resorting to various rituals in the hope they pass their practical test. One particular student’s mother cracked an egg on every tyre before the test whilst another pupil spent the last lesson prior to the test parking up and standing on drain covers every time she spotted them in pairs.
These rituals may seem far-fetched but both students passed.
A driving instructor has been reported to make sure his cuddly monkey toy is safely strapped in for every test. He also gets his pupils to book tests in the morning.
Other anecdotes include a pupil wearing the same T-shirt on her test that she wore when she gave birth to her daughter.
With the number of first-time passes falling, the message is ‘if at first you don’t succeed, try again’. One 24-year-old pupil even took 24 attempts before passing her test and was one of either Britons who have racked-up at least 20 tests by the end of 2013 according to the DVSA.
In the end, it is good driving that will ensure a learner passes. However, if superstitions ease the nerves, then this can’t be harmless.