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Is passing first time best?

Boxer With the new driving test kicking off on Monday, we thought we'd take a look at whether passing first time really means you're a better driver. It's a myth most of us have battled with when it comes to taking your driving test. Everyone lies, boasts, obsesses - and for what? 1,600 of our drivers answered our survey about the driving test. We then cross-referenced their responses with their average driving scores. The result: a definitive answer on this debate.

The time it takes to pass your driving test

Most drivers take 6 months or more to pass their test and 6 months was the most common. BUT drivers who pass in less than 4 months have lower scores than those who take longer. In fact, the people who pass in just 1 month have an average driving score 11 points lower than people who took 7 months - our best-scoring drivers in this study.

The number of driving tests you take

Drum roll, please. Drivers who pass first time have lower average scores than people who take a few. In fact, of the drivers we surveyed, the highest average driving score went to drivers who'd passed on their fourth test!

So, there you have it: passing your driving test first time does NOT make you a better driver.

Honor Clement-Hayes

By Honor Clement-Hayes

Honor joined ingenie in 2014 and is in charge of words on the Young Driver's Guide and blog. Her first car is a Peugeot 206 cabriolet, which is a very sensible choice for the British climate. Follow her on .