It has been found that women in the West Yorkshire town of Heckmondwike are the worst learners in the country. The test centre has a pass rate of 39.8 per cent, much below the national average of 47.1 per cent. The test routes used are amongst the most difficult in the country, with narrow, rural roads, bad surfaces and busy junctions including the Gildersome Roundabout, the most dangerous roundabout in West Yorkshire.
Five women in the town, aged between 35 and 48, have been found to take 158 practical driving tests between them. One of the women took 34 attempts to pass, whilst two others took 32 and the other two women took 30 attempts.
The record for the most practical test failures is held by a 40-year-old man in Stoke-On-Trent who eventually passed on his 37th attempt. A record number of failures has also been set for the theory test by a 28-year-old woman from London who found herself taking the test 110 times.
The DSA has commented that pass rates are influenced by a number of factors including nerves and that examiners are trained to a high standard and are consistently monitored.
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