You’ve probably heard stories of someone getting a lucky break because they were at the right place at the right time. A study in Britain showed candidates more successful on has shown that you have a better chance of passing your driving test if you choose the right time to show up at the DVLA (the UK’s version of the DMV).
Could Be Another Way to Better Your Chances
According to data released by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (Britain’s equivalent of the US Department of Transportation), there is a 65% passing rate on driving test attempted between 7 and 9 PM. This passing percentage is significantly higher than at any other time of day when every other two-hour slot averages between 49.3% and 52.2%.
So What Does This Mean Exactly?
The data from England seems to fly in the face of a 2016 study done in Denmark. For that country, it was found that drivers performed better at tests earlier in the morning. Authors of the study concluded that this was because cognitive function tends to be higher in the early morning hours rather than afternoon or evening. Looking at the British numbers, taking the test in the morning only resulted in the pass rate a hair better than 50%. And what’s the deal with 11 to 1? Are people skipping lunch to take their tasks and then performing poorly because they are hungry?
Tim Shallcross is the head of technical policy and advice at IAM Roadsmart, a British safe driving non-profit. He proposes that perhaps the higher evening success rate may be due to the possibility of lighter traffic during those hours. Shallcross said, “Quieter roads and most drivers in less of a hurry may well make the test less stressed, and nerves are the most common reason for failing.”
While that certainly makes sense, there may be one other factor at work, money. For whatever reason, the fee for taking a driving test between the hours of seven and nine PM is nearly 20% higher. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency charges £75 pounds for the test after seven and only £62 pounds for tests taken earlier in the day. Could it be that those taking the test pay more attention because there is more money at stake? Or, more conspiratorially, does the government go easier because they are making more money on each test?
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