According to recent DVSA figures, a surprising number of people are most likely to pass their driving theory test if they are in Scotland. A new report published looked at the pass rates for theory tests in towns and villages across the UK, and to the surprise of all, the top ten locations were all in Scotland.
Scottish Success in Theory Tests
The highest-ranked location was Aviemore, located in the Scottish Highlands, which had a 73.5% pass rate for passing the theory test. The next location up from this was Gairloch, which had a pass rate of 69%, followed by Symbister, which was located in the Shetland Islands and had a 64.3% rating.In what seemed to be an act of cosmic balancing, it was found that most of the UK had average to bad rates for passing theory tests. For example, Hornsea in Yorkshire had the worst theory pass rate - coming out at just 23.6%. Disturbingly, it was found that pass rates for the 2022/23 year were the lowest they’ve been in a long time on average - just 44.2%.
The knowledge that many people don’t understand basic road traffic signs and rules has prompted some interesting discourse on the subject of learner drivers. The AA has recently published a new app for those wishing to get to grips with driving, and the Managing Director, Camilla Benitz, has said the following:“The theory test pass rate went up briefly during the pandemic, when fewer people were taking it, but it’s now lower than ever. Learners face enough challenges as it is at the moment with the driving test backlog – we don’t want the theory test to be another hurdle for them, which is why we’ve created our new app. The fact that so many qualified drivers also struggle with important elements of driving theory, such as road signs and stopping distances, just shows it takes revision and practice to get to grips with the questions and the hazard perception.We want to help learners do this in an easy to manage, enjoyable way. Users will be able to use flash cards for quick revision sessions, both on and offline, as well as track their progress with real-time statistics.”Meanwhile, a young driver and social media influencer Keenan Lloyd-Adams had this to offer: “There’s loads for learners to take on board when they start lessons, and the theory test can feel intimidating, but it’s got to be done.My generation always has access to a phone now, so using an app to pass your theory test is a great way to get your revision done – it’s the best way I can think of. In my own experience, and from what I see on social media, learning to drive is a really key moment in your life, when you turn from a child into an adult. Crucially, when you pass your test you have other lives in your hands, which is a huge responsibility. Making sure you really know your theory is an important first step to becoming, and staying, safe behind the wheel.”