Here at Big Motoring World, it’s something we’ve heard people say before: “All the best drivers fail their tests a few times.” Whether or not failing your test a number of times before finally passing actually makes you a better driver or not, we don’t know – but recent research suggests that there’s a curious link between being highly qualified and not passing first time.
A qualified success
The research was carried out Privilege DriveXpert, and the results show that of over 1,500 people with a full driver’s license,
59% respondents with no qualifications passed first time. Of those drivers who have A Levels, only 51% passed first time, compared with 50% of those with GCSEs and 48% of graduates.
Entrepreneurs and business owners faired even more poorly, with only 39% passing first time. The research also showed that they were three times more likely to have taken their test four or more times than people who are less further along with their careers. Post grads take even longer to pass – but interestingly those who study arts subjects are more likely to pass first time than the mathematicians and scientists out there.
So what does it all mean? Are the more technically-minded of us guilty of over-thinking the test, meaning we’re less likely to succeed? Or is it the case that those of us with fewer qualifications may be more likely to be in roles that require a more practical, physical approach to tasks?
Dr Lee Hadlington, senior lecturer in Psychology at De Montfort University, certainly thinks so: “Those who don’t have formal qualifications could be in roles that rely more heavily on procedural skills like motor control, hence they may be better suited to activities like passing a driving test.”
He may well be right. But the other question of whether or not failing your test a few times really does make you a better driver or not is a debate for another day.