A third of P-platers in Gympie fail their test – the worst rate in the region.
A third of P-platers in Gympie fail their test – the worst rate in the region. Peter Holt

Voted most likely to fail

GYMPIE has the highest provisional and learner fail rates in Wide Bay, the latest Department of Transport and Main Roads data shows.

While most have heard the old yarn about how it's easier to get a licence in smaller towns than in bigger cities, these days obtaining a licence to drive is a complicated examination process wherever taken.

But new statistics suggest that sitting your test in smaller towns can improve your chance of earning a licence.

In Tin Can Bay, which has a population of about 2000 people, 15% failed when attempting to obtain a learners car licence in the past year (nine of 60 applicants).

Compare that with Gympie's figures - with a population close to 17,000, 44% of sitters failed the exam.

Hervey Bay students fared better with 36% failures and in Childers, the written test fail rates were 28%.

Statistics relating to the provisional examination also surprised.

Gympie had the worst pass rate of all the region's testing locations, with a third of learner drivers deemed incompetent to drive in the past year.

Maryborough was next with 32%, followed by Hervey Bay at 25% and Childers at 23%. In comparison, Brisbane's provisional fail rate was a whopping 44%.

The worst local performing region was Gympie which had the highest fail rates across both categories.

 

Test tips

Speed. Take it slow when approaching intersections but other than this, if it is safe to do the speed limit, do the speed limit. Examiners don't like excessively slow drivers.

Not giving adequate clearance is a common mistake. Try if possible to give parked cars and cyclists at least 1m clearance when passing. If it doesn't feel safe to pass, then don't. Wait until it is safe.

Lack of appropriate observations is also another common failure. It's not just about looking in the rear-vision mirror. Don't forget to look over your shoulder to check the blind spot.

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