Shaking hands, a dry mouth and cold sweat? Remember how it feels to take an exam? It’s nerve-wracking.
No one likes tests, especially when you’re learning to drive, not least because you have to pay for the privilege.
But one woman must hate exams more than most…
An Aberdeen woman has set a Scottish record after failing to pass her theory driving test an incredible 40 times.
The unnamed 22-year-old has spent an incredible £920 trying to understand the hazards on the roads and has still not managed to pass.
The repeated failures make her the worst Scottish theory learner since records began in 2004.
She beats a 22-year-old Glasgow man, who at 36 failed attempts, is the second worst in the country.
Last year, a 44-year-old Aberdeen man passed his practical test on his 24th attempt, with the record for failures in the practical sittings held by a Glasgow woman at 25.
England’s 20 worst learner drivers have attempted the practical test more than 700 times between them, according to separate figures released by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.
But should people be able to sit the test so many times – or should there be a limit?
Olivia Baldock-Ward, training manager at the Driving Instructors Association, told the BBC: “There is the issue of whether people who are failing the theory test 100 times should be allowed to try again and again. There is an issue of road safety here.
“On average, people might need two or three goes at passing the tests. If it is much more than that, then there may be other issues involved.
“Driving is a serious matter – people do die on the roads.”
Road to success
If you don’t want to be the next record breaker, here are a few top tips to help you pass your theory test first time…
Hit the books and revise, revise, revise. During the theory test you’ll have to answer 50 multiple choice questions from a bank of more than 1,000 – and to pass you’ll need to get at least 43 correct. Part of the test may be multiple choice, but it’s not as easy as you think it is.
Test yourself. The DVSA has online practice tests, including the hazard perception section. You can also download practice test apps so you can even cram when you’re queuing at the supermarket.
Don’t pull an all-nighter trying to learn everything the night before. The chances are it won’t help. Go to bed early so you’re well rested for the next day.
And try to relax. Nerves can get the better of you. So take a deep breath. And good luck!