Scottish Learners Do This Better Than Anyone Else

Thu 24th Nov 2022

All things should be equal when taking your driving test, but just as we know that there are better times of the day to take a test, it has been revealed that there are better places in the UK to pass your test.

The latest figures show that learner drivers taking their tests in Scotland are far more likely to pass than those in other parts of the country.

According to experts at nearly 1.6 million nervous Brits buckle up to sit their practical driving test every year, and the pass rate across the country falls just shy of 50 percent - dropping to 47 percent on average for female drivers.

Taking the test in rural Scotland gives learners the best chance of passing, while in major urban locations such as London and Birmingham the pass rate is much lower.

According to the data provided by, the experts interrogated the most recent 2021/22 statistics from the DVSA for learners aged between 17 and 25 driving a manual car.

Of all the test centres, Lochgilphead in Scotland had the highest pass rate, with 80% of students passing, while Erith in London had the lowest pass rate, with only 32% of students passing.

The Scottish test centres in Hawick, Peebles, Montrose, and Crieff all had pass rates of over 75 percent, besides Lochgilphead.

15 of the top 20 centres in Scotland apparently had higher pass rates than those in England.

All 20 of the lowest performing test centres are in England, with the majority of these test centres located in and around London, Manchester, Birmingham, and Liverpool's major cities.

“Rural locations appear to be the best places for learner drivers to take and pass their tests, whereas taking your practical test in metropolitan areas like London and Birmingham, seems to make it more difficult to pass,” said Quotezone founder Gregg Wilson.

“This could be explained by the higher number of hazards and road features in cities, leading to more opportunities for driving mistakes and errors.

“London is unquestionably the hardest place to pass a driving test the first-time round - driving test centres in London hold seven out of the 20 lowest pass rates, closely followed by centres in Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester.

“Whether the results show that Scots are the best drivers in GB, I will need to leave that to you to decide.”