Best And Worst Driving Test Centres Revealed

Best and worst driving test centres revealed

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Learner drivers in Bradford are more likely to fail their driving test than in any other area, according to new research.

Drivers in the Heaton area of Bradford pass their practical driving test less than a third of the time with a pass rate of 31.6 per cent.

The low pass rate in Bradford makes the city the UK's hot spot for driving test fails but there are several areas in London with a similarly low pass rate.

Wanstead, Belvedere and Wood Green all boast pass rates below 35 per cent while Wednesbury in the Black Country makes up the top five worst places to take a driving test.

While Yorkshire and London dominate the worst places to take a practical driving test Scotland and the north of England are the best places to get behind the wheel, according to the data.

Campbeltown in Scotland has the highest first time pass rate out of anywhere in the UK. A total of 72.5 per cent of learner drivers pass first time in the Scottish town.

Other places where first time passes are more common including Ballater (72.2 per cent), Lerwick (70.9 per cent) and Lochgilphead (69.9 per cent).

The best place in England to take a driving test is Kendal in the Lake District which boasts a pass rate of 68.7 per cent.

The research was carried out by The Daily Telegraph in a bid to find the best and worst places to learn to drive in the UK.

Passing a practical driving test first time is not only a relief for the learner driver but it can also save a lot of money in the long run.

Recent research by MoneySupermarket estimates the cost of learning to drive can reach as much as £2,700 once lessons, test fees and car insurance quotes have been taken into account.

For example, the average driving lesson now costs £24 per hour and according to the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) it takes 47 hours of professional tuition to reach the required standard.

The theory and practical tests take as much as £141 to take and repeated failures can push this cost up. A provisional licence cost £50, the theory test costs £31 and a practical test costs £62 plus the cost of using the instructor's car for two hours.

Once the driving test is passed it can cost a 17 to 19-year-old an average of £1,422 to insure a car because that age group is seen as the biggest risk when it comes to learner driver insurance claims.

MoneySupermarket has warned drivers to avoid test centres with lower pass rates in order to keep the costs of learning to drive down.

However, drivers should also consider taking their test during school hours when there are fewer cars on the road because this can increase the likelihood of passing the test.

Weekday tests are also cheaper than those taken at a weekend because there is usually less demand for tests at this time.