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Motorist failed test 15 times
6:00am Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
A 33-YEAR-OLD woman has taken the record in Warrington’s new centre for the most attempts at passing their driving test.
The motorist eventually passed on her 15th attempt after shelling out up to £1,125 if she took her tests at evenings or weekends.
With lessons often costing around £20 for an hour and £31 for a theory test, ditching her L plates will have proved extremely costly for the motorist but she is not alone.
A Warrington Guardian Freedom of Information request has also revealed a 22-year-old woman took 12 attempts while four women and one man took 10 attempts.
Forty people took between six and nine tests before finally passing in the town with a 54-year-old woman recorded as the oldest driver to take six or more attempts.
While there were more girls than boys in the list of failed attempts over six or more, women did come out on top when it comes to overall pass rate.
Between March 2012 and April 2013, 56.6 per cent were given the thumbs up from their driving instructor while only 50 per cent of boys celebrated after taking their test.
Great Sankey driving instructor Paul Winstanley said in his six years experience it is often nerves that let people down.
He added: “There’s lots of variables around passing a test including the route, the examiner and the driver on the day so you can’t put your finger on one thing.
“I tell my students all the time it’s not about driving ability but about their ability to be safe.
“The most failed attempts I’ve had is with a young girl who had previously taken the test five times and then came to me and it took three gos.
“Then all her family started booking me!
“I think sometimes it’s the fear and people put a brick wall in front of themselves and think they can’t do it rather than taking in the information.”
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