Crewe named one of the worst places in the UK to learn to drive

A study has revealed the worst places for learner drivers in the country

Crewe has been named among the worst places for people learning to drive. Car lease comparison site Moneyshake named the Cheshire town as the sixth worst in the UK.

The research used the most recent data from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). It used four factors from each place’s driving test centres: pass rate percentage, first time pass rate percentage, number of cancelled tests and the wait time for getting a practical driving test.

Out of the 3,307 tests conducted across a nine-month period in Crewe, the test centre had a 39.63 per cent pass rate and a 36.63 per cent first-time pass rate. They also had 356 cancellations as well as no driving tests available at the time the study was carried out.

This put the town behind Belvedere (London), Erith (London), Birmingham (South Yardley), Birmingham (Kingstanding) and Blackburn with Darwen. Meanwhile, Isle of Skye was named the best place in the UK for learner drivers.

The pandemic has caused huge delays across Britain for drivers booking a test, with the study revealing an average wait time of 19 weeks. The research also showed that 48 per cent of test centres had no tests available at the time it was carried out.

The average pass rate for driving tests in the country is 53.08 per cent, with the average first time pass rate also just over half at 53.77 per cent. The number of cancellations resulted in an average of 7.86 per cent of all tests taken.

Eben Lovatt, CEO of Moneyshake, said: “Driving tests can be a daunting prospect, particularly if it’s your first time taking one. Our study shows that nearly half of all learners fail their driving test on their first attempt.

“With long delays for driving tests across Great Britain, it is important to be as well prepared as possible to avoid having to wait potentially months for a second attempt. Ensure you have had enough lessons to feel confident driving, as well as practicing the mock test routes at your test centre.”

The 10 worst places to learn to drive

Belvedere (London), England

Erith (London), England

Birmingham (South Yardley), England

Birmingham (Kingstanding), England

Blackburn with Darwen, England

Crewe, England

Southall (London), England

Stoke-On-Trent (Cobridge), England

Birmingham (Kings Heath), England

Wednesbury, England

The 10 best places to learn to drive

Isle of Skye (Portree), Scotland

Newtown, Wales

Chichester, England

Alness, Scotland

Pembroke Dock, Wales

Bristol (Kingswood), England

Cardiff (Llanishen), Wales

Eastbourne, England


  • 10:49, 2 JUN 2022

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