AROUND half of learners who take their car driving test in Warrington pass first time.

This is according to figures released by Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) ahead of the resumption of driving tests and lessons.

Both were put on hold because of the coronavirus lockdown, but lessons are set to resume from Monday as part of the Government’s roadmap.

Tests will start again 10 days later on April 22, with demand expected to be extremely high.

Although it may seem natural to want to do your test in Warrington as you know the roads and the area, you may be tempted to book at another test centre if waiting lists are shorter.

But are you more likely to pass in other surrounding areas than in Warrington?

According to DVSA data between 2019 and 2020, the Warrington test centre in Orford had an overall pass rate of 55.2 per cent for those taking their test for the first time.

For men, this rate went up to 60.4 per cent, while women were slightly less successful on their first attempt, with 49.8 per cent passing.

This overall first-time pass rate of 55.2 per cent is considerably higher than the national average of 46.4 per cent.

It also triumphs over neighbouring centres in Widnes (44.2 per cent), St Helens (43.6 per cent) and Northwich (54.5 per cent).

On these grounds, you may prefer to wait for a slot at Warrington.

From Monday driving lessons with instructors, all theory tests, motorcycle tests, lorry lessons and tests, car and trailer tests and minibus lessons and tests can resume.

From April 22, driving tests and ADI (approved driving instructor) parts two and three (and standards checks) can restart.

Robert Cowell, interim managing director of the AA Driving School, welcomed the confirmation, saying the organisation had had 26,371 online requests between December and mid-March from people wanting to be notified when lessons were allowed again.

He said: “After months of uncertainty this is truly welcome news for driving instructors and pupils around the country.

“Those who started learning to drive before lockdown will now tackle the additional challenge of starting back after the long break.

“Our driving instructors are ready to help them overcome the additional challenges they have faced being a lockdown learner and we are confident many will be on the road to success very soon.”