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Did you pass your driving test first time?

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tonywiltshire | 12:21 Tue 22nd Nov 2011 | Motoring
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I think it makes you a better driver if you do not pass your first practical test.
You realise you are not a wonderful driver just an average driver, and hopefully take more care.
I passed first time, am I a wonderful driver? Sadly not.

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yeah, butt.... no ;o)
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I passed my driving test first time in 1971.
I have never had an accident and must have averaged 12,000 miles per year so I think this has been through good luck.
What I can not understand however I have 12+ shattered windscreens where as my father only had 2 in 65 years of driving.
He did however have 3 accidents. He passed his test first time.

Martin
I passed car and motobike first time 48years ago, only 2 small shunts in 750,000 miles(70,000 of which on the continent)
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I did but it was many years ago and only one test in those days. My friends and family were convinced the examiner fancied me (I was young in those days) but other contributing factors were I was so nervous I had 80 lessons before I ventured to take the test, it was Wednesday lunch hour and everyone had gone home - Wednesday was early closing day - so not so much traffic and the driving instructor had taken me around just before (I had an extra lesson) exactly the same route the examiner took me so I had just practised it. Talk about second sight! I gave him an extra pound for it - believe it or not that's how much a lesson cost in those days!
I passed first time, it didn't start well, I couldn't find the car, my OH had had to drive round looking for a parking place! We then had a bit of a dispute about the colour of the car whose number plate he asked me to read, blue/green. Once we got going, I stalled it at one point and after that I was so convinced I'd fail that I relaxed, when he said I'd passed I couldn't believe it. He told me it wasn't making a small mistake like stalling that mattered, it was how it was dealt with. That was in 1972, since then, I've never had an accident or offences worse than 2 parking tickets, so does that make me a good driver?
I passed first time, but disagree that failing makes you a better driver, my friends daughter has failed 5 times but would say she is no better driver than the first time she sat test, her nerves get the better of her.
Martin. Did the windscreens happen on particular cars or have they happened on several different types?.
I had 3 Metro's over a 9 year period. I had 6 shattered windscreens in these cars. I have been driving for 43 years and never had a shattered windscreen in any other type of car.
Some of my friends had more shattered windscreens than normal with Metro's but they have also had the odd shattered windscreens with other types of car.
I could not see any real reason for this but it is strange.

Kate
I failed my first written test, missing out by one question. But as far as practical tests go, I got it on my first try, passing by 94%.
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i would have passed second time - the examiner told me so - but i didnt look out the back window often enough when reversing into a bay - as anyone could have been there... in a deserted car park, with a fence all the way round it!!... i was furious...
but it then took me another 5 tests to pass... (i discovered by my 5th that i needed glasses and had faulty depth perception! one good eye one bad... so i could read the plates etc) i then passed on the 7th.

had i passed on the 2nd id never have gone for an eye test...

my instructor advised me to, after i drove towards a car i had thought was parked opposite but was actually in the middle of the road... i simply hadnt known it was there...
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