Learner drivers in the Balearics are the worst in Spain at passing their theory test first time around, according to the latest report released by the Director General for Traffic, DGT. Only 38.6 per cent pass first time and what is more, only 45 per cent of drivers practice what they have learnt once they do pass. The best drivers, theoretically that is, in Spain are to be found in Cantabria in the north and Ceuta. The national average pass rate for autonomous communities is 47 per cent, with 48 per cent passing the driving skill test and 53 per cent passing the theory test. In Cantabria however, the first time pass rate is as high as 60 per cent, but when it comes to the islands, the Balearics and the Canaries, the pass rate drops to around 40 per cent and in the case of the Balearics, when it comes to theory, the pass rate is the lowest in Spain. The figures will be food for thought for the police and the authorities as they continue their drive to improve road safety and reduce the number of road accidents. Over the years, much blame has been aportioned to the state of the roads etc, but perhaps the problem is that a third of drivers are lucky to be on the road. Some of the most common causes of accidents are speeding or drinking and driving, two topics which feature predominantly in the theory and the practical. Other traffic behaviours such as stopping at pedestrian crossings or thanking your fellow drivers for giving way are also alien to most drivers in the Balearics.

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