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Men beat women in driving tests...

Driving Test Pass Rates For April 2012 To March 2013

The Department for Transport has reignited the battle of the sexes by revealing that men are more likely to pass the practical driving test. As such - between April 2012 and March 2013 - 682,699 males faced an examiner of which 345,599 met the required standard. This equated to 50.6%. In contrast, 753,774 women took the test of which 331,653 passed. This equated to 44% which was 6.6% less. The combined pass rate was therefore 47.1% which was fractionally higher than the previous year (April 2011 to March 2012). Furthermore, youngsters were more successful than those with a few laughter lines. The pass rate for seventeen to nineteen year old motorists - irrespective of gender - was therefore 50.7%. In contrast, only 45.8% of those in their twenties met the standard and the thirty-plus pass rate was 38.8%. Finally, 35.6% and 32.8% of those in their forties and fifties were successful. There were, however, a ninety-one year old man and two eighty year old ladies that smashed through the age barrier and succeeded.

Practical Driving Test Requirements 2013

The practical driving test has several components. The first is the eyesight check that requires the candidate to read a new-style registration plate from 20 metres, or an old-style equivalent from 20.5 metres. Glasses or contact lenses can be worn if necessary. This is followed by two vehicle safety questions that are more commonly known as the “show me tell me” questions. The candidate might therefore have to “show” the examiner how to check the level of the engine oil. This, of course, requires him/her to open the bonnet, identify/remove the dip-stick, and check the oil level against the minimum and maximum markers. In contrast, the “tell me” question might require the candidate to explain how he/she would check that the vehicle's brakes operate properly or how to top-up the windscreen washer fluid. The next step is to drive for approximately 40 minutes. This, of course, requires the candidate to control the vehicle to a reasonable standard, position it correctly, and follow traffic signs. Initially, the examiner sets the route which incorporates a variety of challenges such as roundabouts, junctions, etc. The candidate must also reverse the car (say) into a parking bay or around a corner. Finally, the candidate must complete the independent driving section by following traffic signs, a series of directions, or a combination of both. The purpose of this section is to prove that he/she can make correct, independent, decisions.

Practical car pass rates by gender, month and DTC


women drivers. no lane disaplin when taking roundabouts. stop at roundabouts when nothing coming. hog outside or middle lane. hesitent at junctions. can't park. put indicators on on motorway as you are about to pass..... in other words they dont check mirrors and put the fear of god up you as you think they are going to pull out as you are passing them, instead of waiting for a break in traffic and then indicating. nuff said!!!!!

Just because someone passes a test more quickly than some one else doesn't me the better accidents can happen I am male driver had four accidents in 16 years 2 my fault 2 not at fault my wife been driving the same and also has same accidents 2 at fault 2 non fault

The fact that men are more likely to pass their driving test does not surprise me. All it says is that they may be better at dealing with test conditions. The fact that they go on to have more accidents to me shows that passing a test more quickly does not make you a better (ie safer) driver!!

British women may often drive hesitant and over-cautious. But here in Germany where I’m driving now, it is much better to do so. Within one year I here received four speed tickets. All of them I got for travelling as little as 6-9 km/h over limit. That cost in total £ 50 and has been so annoying .So, Gentlemen, don’t worry to much about your wonderful woman but take an example from them while driving (al least in Europe) Best regards Peter

Gordon Bennett. Maybe female drivers point out the proven stats as to who is more likely to have an accident because its a fact! I know both shocking male and female drivers but some of the best drivers I know are female , we are not all dense ! And you missed the greatest cause of all accidents caused by females "putting my lipstick on ! " We have all sat behind dithering males too at junctions.

How often do we sit behind a lady driver at a junction as she waits for all roads to be completely clear before she will venture out, regardless of the growing, frustrated queue behind her. Not confident to join the flow of traffic. Guy Stacpoole

@Fiona Davidson - err yes, you do need to say more. In all of my 40 years on the road with motorcycles, cars, vans and advanced emergency services driving, I can honestly count the number of female drivers - who can competently reverse a vehicle - on one hand. I bet everyone who posts on this story has, sometime in their life, stood in wonderment, watching a lady attempting to parallel park a car in a giant space. Never ceases to amaze me!

Typically in response to this many Women will attack young male drivers, such an easy knee jerk response. With experience drivers of both sexes should improve but women seem to hit a barrier which they don't get past, in general they are hesitant, indecisive, turn their heads to talk-(big hazard)and slow, I wish statistics could be compiled showing how many accidents are caused by what I've just listed and then the root cause drives away unnoticed. Instead of blaming high speed for accidents more often we should blame unreasonably low speed.

Well what can I say? I have a full licence and my HGV Class 1 oh and my motorbike licence too. I work with men and I'm still waiting to see a good driver?? My partner drives for a living and said on a daily basis he found middle aged men to be the worst drivers on the road!! rude impolite and crap at reversing....need I say anymore..

men are more practical when it comes to driving especially when it comes to reversing and which way to turn the steering wheel. But the priority of any instructor is to teach someone to pass a test not how to drive.If safety is to be the number one priority then make the exam more realistic to the needs of twenty first century motoring. But bear in mind a driving test is like an MOT test it's as the test was passed on the hour of that day , not forever .

@john verger , if asked where would you top up the windscreen washer fluid and a candidate pointed to the brake fluid reservoir would you consider that serious ?

Just because a "male" passes his driving test does not make him a better driver or of a higher standard! Maybe you should also post the research into what "type" of person is more than likely to cause an accident and what "type" of person is a high risk to other road users? How many young males kill their passengers due to their inexperience in comparison to females? Thanking you motoring uk for your comments and advertising but you really are just massaging the ego of young men rather than educating them to be safe drivers. At the end of the day that's what we all want safer roads !

As a former DSA Driving Examiner of 22 years duration on both Cars (Cat.B) and LGV/PCV (CatC etc& CatD etc.) I agree with the Instructor who says that candidates on Cat B would not be asked to 'Show me' practical checks like physically checking the oil etc. However with Cat.C+E D+E and B+E vehicles with trailers... the candidate is asked to physically demonstrate the 'uncoupling and 'recoupling of the trailer. With regard to the 'Hazard Perception' test....this was and still is regarded by many an Examiner as rather a false perception of 'real life' driving as a flat computer screen does not give a true life image of many hazards nor does it permit the use of 'periferal vision' which we all use during normal day to day driving.It does however give some idea of the observation ability of the candidate. When a candidate passes his/her Driving Test, that in itself has shown that they have demonstrated the ability to perceive hazards as presented to them during the test. ....and just to 'clear up' any misguided beliefs,there are NO quotas for passing/failing the Driving Test...if you reach the required standard then you'll pass if'll fail'''simple!!!!

There will always be sexist comments but it is true that women panic an hesitate more which causes accidents and also cannot take responsibility. I've driven for 15 years now only had to accidents and both it was a woman driver at fault. First was the stereotypical Asian woman driver who just pulled into my lane on a dual carriage way an scrapped all down the side of my car. Best bit is she ten hit me again trying the same manoeuvre and even when she was confronted with the CCTV evidence from that stretch of the road network where she collided with me. She still claimed it was my fault as I changed lanes illegally on a roundabout. The police were in hysterics especially as there was not roundabout. Second instance I was sat in my car parked with my little one in the back as the mrs jumped into the shops. And a woman in a range rover plowed into the back of me and then tried to claim I reversed Into her. Luckily being a woman she avoided the savage beating for almost injuring my child. Not all women are bad drivers just like not all men are good drivers. I do on the other hand think the government should implement a system to allow people to only drive vehicles that they are capable to drive. No more dodgy middle aged women in range rovers or dodgy white van men in anything bigger then a Corsa. Plus will make the roads safer for my 2.5 ltr turbo beast safe

Men are pathetic, this sexist remarks are pathetic, Do you realise that I am a female driver for 28 years and I have no car accidents. The only car accidents are from silly young boy drivers cutting me up, White van drivers, who like to race me and old people who go far too slow. Get your facts right!!!!!!!

@alan scammell - In what way is checking the dipstick a dangerous occurrence?

Get your facts right. An examiner will not ask a candidate to show him/her how to check the oil, touching a hot engine by an untrained person is dangerous. That question will be a tell me. Ask any driving instructor like me for the answers.

As I've said to many young people, "once you've passed your test you can start to learn how to drive".

Hmm, well I heard a statistic recently which said that the major killer of teenage girls was teenage boys in cars! This suggests that while they may do enough to get through the examination, they are still not responsible enough to drive a killing machine!

I retired as a driving instructor a few months ago, having done the job for 33 years. By far the best pupil I had over the years was female who passed her test after 22 lessons, with no independent practice. The worst pupil was a male who after a while I refused to take him for any further lessons. He went to another instructor who irresponsibly took him on. He eventually passed his test on the 10 (TENTH) attempt, the comment from the examiner as he walked back to the test centre was "I hope I've done the right thing!" Generally I would far sooner teach a young girl who tends to want to be taught than a young lad who thinks he knows it all, before he even gets behind the wheel!

Lol the chicks are getting there panties twisted over this article. Everyone knows women are crap drivers and cause situations that are a lot more dangerous to others by hesitation and inability to park

I agree with both the previous comments and would add that young men seem more likely to take a risk than young ladies

driving instructor standards must be pretty low then, if less that 50% over all are passing, either that or people are booking their test's before they are ready.. passing a test doesn't mean you can drive well either.. that comes with experience, care and common sense

This just shows they can pass a test, not actually drive sensibly.......