The coronavirus pandemic caused a backlog for drivers who were trying to get their test booked.

Passing your driving test often brings joy and freedom and any learner drivers who have scheduled their driving test for February could be in luck as it is statistically the best month for pass success rate.

Comparethemarket’s car insurance team has analysed Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) data available from the Driving Test Statistics data set based on results from January 2017 - April 2022 to reveal both the best and worst months to take your driving test.

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Best and worst months to pass your driving test revealed

From the research, here are the best and worst months to pass your driving test followed by the pass rate.

February – 51.4%

April – 50.9%

March – 50.4%

May – 49.3%

July – 49.1%

June – 48.3%

August – 48.1%

January – 47.9%

September – 47.1%

October – 47%

November – 46.8%

December – 46.8%

The worst months for passing a driving test are November and December with a pass rate being equal to 46.8%.

Cities with the highest driving test pass rates

Locations with the highest and lowest pass rates were determined by analysing the 15 most populated cities using information from Driving Test Statistics data which were then ranked from highest to lowest.

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Between April 2021 and March 2022, the cities with the highest pass rates were:

Cardiff – 57%

Bristol – 55%

Edinburgh – 51%

Nottingham – 49%

Manchester – 46%

Julie Daniels, motor insurance expert at Comparethemarket, says: “Common learner driver mistakes can easily lead to accidents or damage to the vehicle you’re learning in, which is why it’s important to make sure you have the right kind of insurance when learning to drive.

“If you’re learning to drive with an approved driving school or an instructor in their car, they’ll have arranged your insurance. But if you’re using your own car or a friend or relative’s car you’ll need learner driver insurance to ensure you’re covered. While learner driver insurance can cover you while learning and for your driving test, as soon as you pass your test, your learner driver insurance becomes invalid and you’ll need to change your policy.”