Woman travelled 500 miles to take UK’s ‘easiest’ driving test and failed

But one woman, instead of taking the examination at the same location, travelled 500 miles for her second attempt – and still failed.

Constance Kampfner made her way from London up to the Isle of Mull which is located just off the west coast of Scotland and is part of the Inner Hebrides.

Constance decided to take drastic action after it became clear that she’d developed a fear of roundabouts and with most places having… well quite a few, she had to find somewhere else.

That’s when she discovered that Mull has one of the highest pass rates in the UK (almost 90 percent over spring and summer last year).

As well as this, it’s an area that consists mainly of single-track roads. Oh and it only has one roundabout. Bingo.

Despite it being a journey that takes around 10 hours by car, and even consists of a ferry ride to get over there, Constance was up for it.

The only problem was, there are no driving instructors but, luckily, a local lady offered her car over to be used for the test.

Speaking to The Times, she said: “I was determined I would pass my driving test the second time – I simply needed to optimise my chances. A quick Google search told me where I needed to go, the Isle of Mull. I booked for the earliest available date, in mid-December. 

“For their lessons residents tend to head to Oban on the mainland, where the ferry to the island departs from. None of the instructors I got hold of fancied the trip, each warning me of high chances that my crossing would be cancelled in bad weather.

“I took to Facebook, where local paramedic Mairi took pity and offered her blue Mini.”

She went on to explain how the issues she’d previously faced didn’t seem quite as daunting, adding: “I was feeling confident. Especially after learning that Mull’s single roundabout would not be on the route and that there was nowhere to parallel park.”

She went on to list some of the other benefits: “With its craggy mountains and lochs set against bracken and evergreen forests, Mull would be stunning at any time but under the sunlight it sparkled.

“One particular stretch of road along the seafront running towards Tobermory had me nearly toppling into the silvery water.”

Credit: Wiki Commons
Credit: Wiki Commons

When it came to travelling back to the mainland, Constance remembered that the examiner wouldn’t even look at her before explaining: “I don’t like to talk about people who fail their tests. Think of it as just not passing.”

Constance continued: “He had mentioned a few times that I was straying too far into the middle of the road for his liking, but I had taken it to be friendly advice. Instead, it turned out to be my downfall.”