You may already have heard the story about the woman from London who has sat her driving test an incredible 110 times without passing.
The unnamed 28-year-old from Southwark, south-east London, has apparently spent £3410 sitting her driving theory test – yup, she has yet to even attempt the practical – and still she hasn’t quite secured a pass.
Which does tend to make you think that maybe, just maybe, she should give up on her cause now and spend her money on something more appropriate. On a more affordable form of transport, for instance, such as a chauffeur-driven limousine. Or, I dunno, a helicopter.
However, as the late Frankie Howerd once said, titter ye not. This morning I did something approximating a very slight amount of research about the UK driving test, and the average first-time pass rate for the theory test is a fairly dismal 65 per cent. According to the percentages button on my electronic calculator, that means 35 per cent of us are little better than our unnamed lady friend from Southwark.
Worse still, the average first-time pass rate for the driving test as a whole in the UK is just under 50 per cent, which means over half of us fail the test at our first attempt. Which, all things considered, is fairly pathetic, given how relatively simple our test is compared with the one they have in, say, Germany.
But what I want to know is this: is the average Autocar reader better or worse than the national average person when it comes to passing the driving test? How many of you passed first time, for instance? And if you didn’t, how many times did it take you to pass? And how much money, approximately, did you spend on driving lessons before you passed?