Learner drivers in Manchester racked up a total of 21,367 dangerous and serious faults when taking their driving test during 2019/2020, new FOI data reveals.

Car sales company, Lookers, requested a new Freedom of Information Request to find out the top reasons for failing tests per city.

This research was part of a larger study looking at the best and worst drivers, which can be found here.

The top reason for failing in Manchester was revealed as ‘Junctions – observation’, which totalled up over 2,239 Dangerous and Serious faults, and topped the list as the top reason for failing in seven out of nine test centres in Manchester.

Next in the list came mirrors (change direction) with 2,015 faults followed by Response to signs (traffic lights), Junctions (turning right) and Response to signs (traffic signs) making up the top 5 and all scoring over 1,000 faults.

In terms of location West Didsbury came in highest with 4,462 faults which is by far the most.

Second spot was claimed by Cheetham Hill with 3,036 and third was Rochdale with 2,869.

A spokesperson from Lookers commented, “Passing your driving test is a rite of passage for many of us. I think we can all relate to having manoeuvres we hoped wouldn’t come up in our test, the research is a good insight into what learner drivers struggle most with under pressure. Hopefully, those looking to take their test this year will be able to brush up on those manoeuvres causing the most issues!”


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