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.