Wanstead hardest place to pass in the UK: More than two-thirds of learner drivers fail test

PUBLISHED: 13:39 29 July 2016 | UPDATED: 14:17 29 July 2016

Car with 'L' plates. Photo: PA David Jones

Car with 'L' plates. Photo: PA David Jones

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Wanstead has been named as the toughest place in the UK to pass a driving test.

More than 67 per cent of learner drivers have failed their exam on test routes in the town, according to data collected over a five-year period by car insurer Privilege.

Neil Beeson, Privilege’s driving test expert said urban settings are more congested and minor errors can quickly clock up resulting in a fail.

“Wanstead’s driving test routes incorporate up to four major roundabouts, including the Redbridge roundabout which is particularly problematic due to multi-lanes and heavy traffic flow,” he said.

“Getting into the correct lane is a problem for lots of drivers and this can cause even bigger issues for learners, as they have to deal with people changing lanes at the last moment.

“Situations such as these can result in a number of minor faults being incurred and with only 15 allowed during the test, a higher than average fail rate is understandable”

The test expert also pointed out that roads on the patch are often congested and have on-street parking which can cause issues for learner drivers as their view can be “seriously restricted” when emerging from side roads.

Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria comes up trumps in the report and is shown to be the “easiest place” to pass, with fail rate of 33pc.

Instead of planning a mass exodus up north, Charlotte Fielding at Privilege car insurance said learning in Wanstead may put drivers in good stead. “Taking the driving test in a difficult area such as Wanstead may even stand to help people in the long run,” she said.

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