Men Are Getting Better at Driving Whilst Women Are Getting Worse, New Figures Suggest

The percentage of men passing their driving tests has risen to an all-time high over the last 12 months, but the pass rate for women has dropped.


Wakefield – WEBWIRE – Wednesday, July 09, 2014

The figures do little to dispel stereotypes around the connection between gender and driving ability.

The latest figures, released on 3rd July by the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency, show that although the average national pass rate has remained steady, at 47.1%, the male pass rate has risen from 50.6% to 50.7%, whilst the female pass rate has dropped from 44% to 43.8%.

Overall, less than half of all practical tests result in a pass, but men have just about managed to stay above the 50% mark for the past 3 years.

Whilst more women than men have taken driving tests consistently for the last 7 years, men have always been more successful when looking to get a licence.

As such, the figures do little to dispel stereotypes around the connection between gender and driving ability.

Where Are Drivers Most Likely to Pass Their Test?

The Car People have analysed the data looking at all test centres where more than 500 tests took place in the last 12 months to determine those with the highest overall pass rates:

TEST CENTRE & % PASS RATE:
  1.  Kendal - 70.8%
  2.  Barrow In Furness - 68.3%
  3.  Llandrindod Wells - 68.1%
  4.  Malton - 65.6%
  5.  Whitby - 65.2%
  6.  Alnwick - 64.4%
  7.  Pwllheli - 63.8%
  8.  Monmouth - 63.5%
  9.  Lampeter - 63.2%
  10.  Dorchester - 62.7%

If you’re planning to take your test in Kendal, Cumbria, the odds are in your favour, as over 70% of all tests here were passed in the last 12 months – well above the national average. In fact, Cumbrians are putting the rest of the UK to shame, with Barrow in Furness following Kendal in second place. North Yorkshire also looks like a great place to take your test, with Malton and Whitby both boasting excellent pass rates.

Where Are Drivers Least Likely to Pass Their Test?

Once again looking at test centres where more than 500 tests took place in the last 12 months, we have identified those with the lowest overall pass rates:

TEST CENTRE % PASS RATE:
  1.  Belvedere (London) - 32.2%
  2.  Birmingham (South Yardley) - 32.4%
  3.  Barking (London) - 33.3%
  4.  Wednesbury - 33.4%
  5.  Wanstead (London) - 33.5%
  6.  Wood Green (London)​ - 34.2%
  7.  Birmingham (Kingstanding) - 35.1%
  8.  Leeds - 36.3%
  9.  Enfield (London) - 36.4%
  10.  Luton - 37%

Aspiring drivers taking their test at the Belvedere (London) centre are the least likely to pass, with just over 3 in 10 making the grade. London Boroughs dominate the list, but northern city of Leeds is also notable for its well-below-average pass rate.

Manchester, Sheffield and Wakefield
The Car People also wanted to see how the 3 areas we are based in stacked up. We found that Sheffield had the highest overall pass rate (51%), compared with 45.9% in Manchester and 41.5% in Wakefield.

The best place to take your test within Greater Manchester appears to be Hyde, where the pass rate is 56.9%. Failsworth, meanwhile, looks like a less attractive option, with a pass rate of just 38.2%.

The average pass rate for men across Greater Manchester was 50%, compared with 42.2% for women.

In Sheffield, 55.6% of men passed, compared with 46.7% of women.

In Wakefield, 48.6% of men passed, compared with just 36.1% of women.

ENDS

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