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Can lucky pants help you pass your driving test?

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New research has revealed that 60% of young drivers aged 18-24 still rely on superstitions and even lucky pants to pass their driving test.

Nearly half (44%) admitted that nerves affected their test in some way, with just 13% claiming they weren’t anxious at all, according to the study for the AA Driving School.

A long drive or having a lesson before the test was the most popular way of easing tension, with one in five (20%) drivers saying they did this.

However, 7% admitted to wearing lucky pants, 6% said they carried a lucky charm and 9% said they took natural remedies such as Rescue Remedy before their practical test.

Drivers in Northern Ireland were the most likely to put their faith in superstitions in the run-up to their test, with 2% saying they avoided walking under ladders or crossing the path of black cats before the big day.

Fact: in 2017 more than 1,700,000 people took their driving test – and just 46.7% passed

“Passing your driving test and getting on the road is a real milestone for many people,” said Edmund King, AA President.

“While we’d be more likely to advocate an extra lesson or two to combat pre-test nerves, if wearing lucky pants helps someone feel more confident on their test day and they pass as a result, then good for them.”

Top ways that nerves affected drivers were:

  • Made minor mistakes – but still passed their test
  • Woke up early
  • Had a bad night’s sleep beforehand
  • Made a serious mistake that led to a failed test
  • Couldn’t eat before the test
  • Had a sudden ‘blank moment’ about something they knew how to do
  • Said something silly to the examiner
  • Couldn’t stop shaking
  • Vomiting
  • Got lost on the way to the test centre

About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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