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Poll: Norwich man takes 27 attempts to pass driving theory test

PUBLISHED: 14:07 09 January 2013 | UPDATED: 14:07 09 January 2013

If at first you don’t succeed... then try 26 more times until you pass your driving theory test.

The learner drivers who have taken the most trips to the Norwich test centre can today be revealed.

They include a 23-year-old woman from north Norwich and a 63-year-old Norfolk woman, who have both failed to pass the practical driving test on 13 occasions.

They have yet to rip up their ‘L’ plates according to figures obtained from the Driving Standards Agency, which show 198 people have attempted the practical test more than five times between 2007 and 2012.

This includes 124 women and 74 men.

An 18-year-old man, from north Norwich, and a 41-year-old man, of west Norwich, both took 12 attempts to pass.

A 36-year-old man, from the east Norwich area, also cleared the theory test at the 27th attempt. This exam challenges candidates to answer multiple choice questions on the Highway Code and also to judge road hazards on a series of video clips.

Forty-six people have taken it more than 10 times since 2007. Thirty-six of the candidates were men and 10 were women.

Two other men passed at the 20th attempt, with another still yet to have passed after 20 failures.

Alan Brazewell, director and instructor of Thorpe St Andrew-based Chilled Driving Tuition, said it was likely the biggest pressure of taking extra tests was the cost factor rather than the actual exam.

A theory test is priced at £31 while a practical test costs £62, and usually also includes booking a car for the duration of the test.

Mr Brazewell said: “There’s additional pressure if you fail your test three or four times. You want to pass, it’s costing you money but as they say, you become a dab hand. You will go into that test no longer second-guessing what will take place –you know what to expect.

“I position all my guys if they fail first time and go for the second or third by saying ‘you know what to expect, how the examiner will be, concentrate on all the elements of your driving – forget about should I speak to the examiner, focus on what you are doing’. A lot of the time they pass it second time.”

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