Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Why failing your driving test first time is actually something to brag about

dwmc.png

It is a fair summation to say that my first driving test did not go well. I’m fairly sure it was within the first 30 seconds of the test that I was involved in a game of chicken with another car coming down a road that had cars parked either side, and my assumption that he would stop first and pull over proved incorrect; with around two cars’ distance between us and neither backing down, my driving test instructor made use of the dual controls and made the decision for me with a sharp press down on the brakes. A ‘D’ for dangerous driving was duly recorded on the test. Oh, and a couple of other majors, but honestly, who’s counting (other than the driving test instructor, who also counted the many, many minors).

At the time, it really felt like I’d failed. I mean, I had, quite literally, failed, so that feeling was entirely justified. But I’d also failed at life. At being a human. At gaining vehicular independence.

But now it turns out that, in fact, failing my driving test first time was evidence of me winning. It was like a gold star on my CV – and it is for anyone who failed first time too.

bd

Didn't pass your test first time? It's probably because you're too smart

Why? Well because new research by Privilege DriveXpert has found a link between qualifications and professional position held, and the number of times it takes a person to pass their practical driving test – and it shows that the higher your qualification, the more tests you were likely to need.

In other words: the more driving tests you fail, the more intelligent you are.

Those who hold postgraduate certificate or above take, on average, 1.9 tests before they pass, with only 48% passing first time. However, people with no qualifications get their licence after just 1.7 attempts, with 59% passing first time.

Driving test graph

Additionally, those who own businesses are three times more likely to have taken their test four or more times (22%) than those at lower levels on the professional ladder (7%).

Meanwhile, people who studied science and maths are more likely to take longer to pass than those who studied arts and culture – 2.3 attempts for the former, compared to only 1.9 times for the latter.

Charlotte Fielding, Head of Privilege DriveXpert, comments: “Passing first time isn’t the be-all and end-all of driving ability as many of the main skills we need to equip ourselves for our driving careers are learned over the years as our experience on the roads builds.”

I look back now and, to be honest, it was a good job I also failed that second and third time, just to prove how clever I was. That’s what I was doing really, wasn’t it? Absolutely not being utterly terrible at driving. I was being smart.

(Image: BBC)

Related

runrun.png

How to go on the run and never get caught

robotdrown.jpg

Robot is gifted with intelligence, immediately commits suicide

mosaic.jpg

Do you agree with this man's excuse for parking across four spaces?

More

Sir Bruce Forsyth has died aged 89

The legendary presenter has died aged 89

by Gary Ogden
18 Aug 2017

The biggest stereotype about men and sex is actually a load of rubbish

We've been wrong this whole time

by Gary Ogden
18 Aug 2017

Discover the words that became cool in the year you were born

Were you born in the year of booty calls or cybersex?

by Emily Reynolds
18 Aug 2017

This German town came up with a genius way of humiliating neo-Nazis

Is this the best possible way to deal with them?

by Alex Finnis
18 Aug 2017

Donald Trump’s lawyer: possibly not racist, definitely not intelligent

Oldest trick in the book

by Tom Victor
17 Aug 2017

The 10 worst cities in the world to live in 2017

To put your first-world problems into perspective

17 Aug 2017

We have some very, very good news about cheese

Cheese lovers, it's our time to shine

by Emily Reynolds
17 Aug 2017

Jurors refuse to work on Martin Shkreli's trial for the best reasons

He is *not* a popular man

by Emily Reynolds
17 Aug 2017

Apparently millennials hate boobs now - but what do we like instead?

These god damn millennials, eh

by Gary Ogden
17 Aug 2017

All the times Donald Trump has failed to condemn far-right extremists

This has gone on for some time

by Tom Victor
16 Aug 2017