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If you can pass your test in the North West you can pass anywhere

A recent study combining data from Hastings Direct and the DVSA has found three areas on the UK’s worst pass rate list are in the North West.

DRIVERS wanting to grab themselves a licence more easily should avoid Salford, Manchester – it has a pass rate of just 35.5%. According to the DVSA, no drivers passed first time with zero faults between 2015-16, making it one of the worst areas to take your test. The North West’s Garston, Liverpool and Cheetham Hill, Manchester are also on the UK’s worst 10 list.

In comparison, Scarborough is one of the UK’s top 10 best with 67.1%. The seaside town also had the highest number of first time passes with zero faults than any other area in the elite group in 2016.

Whilst teens and young adults like to delay test day, they should bite the bullet and take it as soon as possible. Suprisingly, age does not equal superior or more sensible driving. DVSA data suggests older people have more difficulty passing their test than younger test takers. 

DVSA data also suggests the UK’s driving test may have become easier over time, growing from an average 44.2% pass rate in 2008 to 47% in 2016. How will these figures be affected now the UK’s driving test has been updated?

Once they’ve passed, young Brits are relatively thrifty when buying their first car, as Hastings reveals the majority of vehicles purchased are over a decade old.

The correlation of driving test pass rate and most popular first car purchases was interesting discovery. A combination of Hastings and DVSA data revealed the Ford Fiesta as the most popular first car bought amongst young drivers in areas with the worst pass rates. In contrast, the Vauxhall Corsa is the most popular for young drivers in areas with the highest pass rate (including Garston, Liverpool).

Finally, Hastings data suggests young drivers in Essex like to be more indulgent with their vehicles. In 2016, they bought the highest number of first cars from more expensive manufacturers like BMW, Mercedes Benz and Jaguar. Lancashire, Merseyside and Cheshire were all in the top 10 however, each buying over 100 Mercedes and BMW’s in 2016.

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