How many people fail their driving test the first time?

I’m worried about taking my driving test for the first time. I know I have the skills, but I’m not a great test-taker. Just out of curiosity, how many people fail their driving test the first time they take it?

Eric Schad · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
If you feel anxious before a test, you certainly aren’t alone! Maybe that’s why around 50% of people fail their driving test the first time. Moreover, up to 40% of people fail their written test the first time they attempt it.
While these statistics have been widely studied, the causes of these failures aren’t quite clear. Some possible reasons are:
  • Lack of preparation
  • Overconfidence
  • Test anxiety
  • Automatic fails, such as failing to put on your seat belt or rolling through a stop sign
If you want to avoid becoming just another statistic, follow a few of these helpful tips:
  • Study but don’t burn yourself out
  • Take a deep breath
  • Eat a healthy meal before your test
  • Meditate
  • Get enough sleep the night before
  • Don’t make your driving examiner the enemy
If you can do these things, you greatly increase your chances of passing your test the first time around. Once you have your driver’s license, don’t forget that you’ll need
car insurance
to drive legally.
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