An analysis of official test data has revealed that the people in the U.K. who take driving tests in cities are more likely to fail than taking tests in more remote areas.
The Guardian reported that students taking driving tests in east London suburbs face a higher probability rate of failing compared to those in Barrow-in-Furness. More than two-thirds of aspiring drivers since 2011 failed when they took the test in Wanstead.
On the other hand, those who failed to pass a test in Barrow-in-Furness represented one-third of the applicants over the same period. The analysed data came from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.
A factor that caused people to find it difficult to pass their tests involves the complexity of the test route. For instance, a driving school in Hammersmith such as Westway Driving School would teach students to manoeuvre along busy streets and crowded intersections. Students that take their tests in more remote places have a higher chance of passing, due to comparatively easier test routes.
Still, think first before signing up for a driving test in a remote location, especially if you live in the metro. You may get an approval, but it would be useless if your daily commute passes by an environment that is different from the one during your test.
Meanwhile, in Australia, the Law Institute of Victoria wants to lower the probationary driving age in Victoria to 17 years old from 18 years old, so people would find it easier to seek opportunities related to work and education among others, The Age reported.
A lowered probationary driving age would also align the state with its counterparts in Australia. In terms of transportation needs, those living in areas with poor public transit service can also benefit from the proposal. However, the Transport Accident Commission argues that a lowered driving age poses risks to road safety, as empirical data have shown recklessness being more common in young drivers.
Despite concerns about road safety, the Law Institute of Victoria urged that lowering the driving age would allow the youth to address the problem of a longer commute, due to distance and the lack of public transportation options.