Anyone who’s sat a driving test knows that it can be tricky to get over your nerves and drive like you do in your lessons.
Even the most competent new driver can feel anxious and panic when being examined which has even led some folks to fail the test on occasion.
And, if you fail one test it can make your nerves even worse when you try and get your licence again!
But, one lass decided to increase her chances of passing her test on the second try by travelling 500 miles to another test centre.
Some testing centres have a reputation for higher pass rates which makes some Brits dub them “easier”.
Constance Kampfer, from London, journeyed all the way to the Isle of Mill off the west coast of Scotland to take her second driving test.
She’d developed a fear of roundabouts while driving and decided to take her test somewhere that had a lower chance of her encountering her fear.
And, that’s when she discovered the Isle of Mill which has one of the highest pass rates in the UK – almost 90% – and consists of mostly single track roads and just one roundabout.
It took Constance a massive 10 hours and a ferry ride to get there, but upon arrival she realised there were no driving instructors to lend her the use of their car.
Luckily, a lovely local woman offered her motor up for the test.
Constance told the Times : “I was determined I would pass my driving test the second time – I simply needed to optimise my chances.
“A quick Google search told me where I needed to go, the Isle of Mull. I booked for the earliest available date, in mid-December.“
She added: “For their lessons residents tend to head to Oban on the mainland, where the ferry to the island departs from.
“None of the instructors I got hold of fancied the trip, each warning me of high chances that my crossing would be cancelled in bad weather.
“I took to Facebook, where local paramedic Mairi took pity and offered her blue Mini.”
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Constance felt confident ahead of the test as there was one roundabout and nowhere for parallel parking to be attempted, plus the landscape is full of mountains, lochs and beautiful forests to view from the road.
Unfortunately, when Constance had to head back to the mainland she realised the the examiner wouldn’t look at her properly.
They said: “I don’t like to talk about people who fail their tests. Think of it as just not passing.”
Constance added: “He had mentioned a few times that I was straying too far into the middle of the road for his liking, but I had taken it to be friendly advice.
“Instead, it turned out to be my downfall.”
So, it seems Constance will have to try her luck again, but maybe she won’t travel so far next time.