World’s Worst Driver Gets His License on 158th Try, Is Modern Motivational Story

42-year-old man from the UK holds record for most attempts at getting a driver's license: 158 1 photo
As the late pop star Aaliyah put it in her 2000 hit “Try Again,” “if at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again.” One man from the UK is living example of that, while also being in the running for the unofficial title of the world's worst driver.
You know what they say, third the 158th time’s a charm. The Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) in the UK has released data regarding the most attempts at passing the driving test for a single person, following a request by Select Car Leasing, LadBible reports. The top award goes to a 42-year-old man from the UK of an undisclosed identity who required no less than 157 tries to finally get it right and pass the knowledge test.

He is seconded by a 34-year-old woman, with a record of 117 attempts, but with a twist: she never did get her driver’s license. The third spot goes to another man, 32, from Wales, who tried and failed to pass the test 94 times.

So many attempts come at a cost, and not just in terms of the amount of time these people spent trying and repeatedly failing to ace the test. The number one dude, who has already been dubbed the world’s (unofficial) worst driver, spent an estimated £3,634 ($4,955) on the tests. But hey, perspective: at least he got to see a return for this kind of money by getting the license, which is not what the other two can say.

Mark Tongue, director of Select Car Leasing, says that where others see failure, many could find the motivational story that might inspire them to keep going. Again, a matter of perspective.

“It’s true what they say: If at first you don’t succeed try, try and try again. Passing your driving test can be one of life’s trickiest challenges and it can take some of us many more attempts than others,” Tongue explains. “But whether you fail your test once or 157 times, there’s no shame in picking yourself up and having another go – and anyone who can do that deserves great credit.”

Not so much the other two on the list.
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About the author: Elena Gorgan
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Elena has been writing for a living since 2006 and, as a journalist, she has put her double major in English and Spanish to good use. She covers automotive and mobility topics like cars and bicycles, and she always knows the shows worth watching on Netflix and friends.
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