Wednesdays in April have highest driving test pass rates

DVSA results have shown April has the highest male and female practical driving test pass rates between 2018 and 2019.

The team at Bill Plant Driving School analysed data from the DVSA which discovered that Pitlochry Driving Test Centre in Scotland had the highest first time pass rate for male learners (94%), while Mallaig Driving Test Centre, also in Scotland, had the highest first time pass rate for female learners (92.3%) between August 2018 and July 2019.

The data found that April 2018 had the highest percentage of male and female learner drivers passing their practical test, on average, between 2018 and 2019.

Bill Plant Driving School also polled more than 2,300 British drivers aged 18 and over, about their driving lessons and practical tests.

Wednesday was found to be the most popular day of the week to pass a practical driving test, with almost one in five passing on this day of the week (19%). 

Asked if they felt anything contributed towards helping them to pass their driving test, British drivers said:

  • I’d practised driving the various test routes – 26%
  • I thought I had failed, so I was more relaxed – 21%
  • I’d kept my driving test a secret – 20%
  • My driving instructor had carried out mock driving tests with me – 15%
  • My driving test examiner was friendly – 4%

Drivers were asked how soon into their test they thought they’d failed, before relaxing and continuing with their test, with the average time feeling they’d failed to be within the first 15 minutes. Not checking their mirrors and blind spots (23%) and taking too long to complete a manoeuvre (22%) were the top factors that led drivers to believe they’d failed, even though they hadn’t.

Peter Brabin, head of training at Bill Plant Driving School, said: “Don’t get me wrong: I love a good statistic but I wouldn’t read too much into the most popular day or month to pass. As a true fact, good safe drivers taught correctly by professionally trained driving instructors will successfully pass their driving test on any day of the year!”

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