Automatic Driving Test Pass Rates
Although many more leaner drivers are opting for the automatic driving test than ever before, for over a decade, the driving test pass rates for automatic cars has remained very similar. The following statistics are compiled from between August each year. The official DVSA automatic driving test pass rates are as follows:
|Year||Tests Conducted||Tests Passed||Pass Rate (%)|
Interestingly, based on the automatic driving test pass rates of August 2018 to August 2019 of 38.8 percent, over the same period, the pass rates for manual cars was 46.6 percent (1,479,126 total tests of which 690,102 passed). That’s almost an additional 8 percent of test candidates passing in a manual car compared to automatics.
Why are Automatic Test Pass Rates so Low?
Automatic cars are easier to drive. There’s no clutch or gears to worry about, so why the low pass rates? Essentially, there’s been no research into this, so it’s really down to opinion. There are however some likely factors that go some way into explaining this:
Should I Still Consider Automatic?
The lower automatic test pass rates are based purely on circumstances; be it test centre location and the fact that female learner drivers have a slightly lower pass rate than males. Other factors may include learners that are driving a manual car, who are finding difficulties and decide to switch to automatic.
Some learners make the switch thinking automatic is going to make everything right, but fail to rectify the actual underlying reasons that are causing issues.
Realistically, there’s just as much chance of you passing a test in an automatic car as there is a manual. If you really do struggle with gear changing and clutch control, choosing an automatic car is simply going to help you reach test standard sooner.