Londoner travelled 500 miles to take the ‘easiest' driving test and still failed

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Passing your driving test can be nerve-wracking, with just the slightest mistake possibly leading to failure and effectively wasting the £62 fee you’ve paid.

We’ve all heard horror stories of people failing 10 or more tests, racking up hundreds of pounds in fees, but this might be the worst story yet.

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That’s because one hopeful young Londoner travelled over 500 miles to the inner Hebrides trying to get an easier test, and still failed.

Constance Kampfner, from Hendon, failed her first attempt at passing in London, and coming to terms that she’d developed an intense fear of roundabouts she decided to take drastic action.

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After a little research she read about the little known Scottish Isle of Mull, off the west coast of the tartan land, which had the best passing rate in the country at near 90 percent, and just one roundabout.

Londoner travelled 500 miles to take the ‘easiest' driving test and still failed
© Joost van Uffelen/Shutterstock Fishing traps on a wall in summertime in the town of Tobermory on the isle of Mull in the inner Hebrides.

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The Isle of Mull as well as just that solitary roundabout, consists of mainly single track roads and not a massive amount of traffic as you might have guessed.

Constance saw this as a perfect opportunity.

The only issue was that Mull was over 10 hours by car and also required a ferry trip to reach.

Undeterred, Constance went for it, securing a local lady’s car to do the test in.

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.”

Going into the test Constance’s confidence was high, continuing: “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.”

Londoner travelled 500 miles to take the ‘easiest' driving test and still failed
© PA Wire Constance won’t be tearing up her L plate just yet

On her way back to mainland Scotland though, she was in for a nasty surprise when the instructor broke the bad news, he said: “I don’t like to talk about people who fail their tests. Think of it as just not passing.”

Constance reflected on the test and thinks she can pinpoint where it all went wrong, explaining: “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.”

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