London learner drivers take longest
Londoners and those living in south east England are the least successful at passing the driving test, it has been revealed.
Candidates from these two areas take an average of 2.1 attempts to get through the test, an AA/Populus survey of 20,109 AA members found.
Learners from the East of England have the best pass rate - averaging 1.87 attempts before succeeding.
The national average for the UK is 2.0 attempts, with those shunning the use of instructors taking an average of 2.3 goes.
AA Driving School director Simon Douglas said: "Many factors shape local pass rates. But, wherever you live, professional tuition with a fully-qualified driving instructor will give you the best possible head start towards passing your L-test and beyond."
He went on: "Busy, complex roads in London and the South East appear to contribute to learners there finding it slightly more difficult. In some less-populated regions, learners find it relatively less challenging.
"But these variations pale in comparison with the difference between those who do and don't learn with professional instructors. The choice of who you learn with is key to your success."
According to the Driving Standards Agency, those who pass their driving test have had, on average, about 45 hours of professional training plus 22 hours of private practice.