A LEARNER driver in Llanelli has failed her driving test a record 17 times, official statistics have revealed.
Data released by the Driving Standards Agency shows that an unnamed female has recorded the most failures at the Llanelli test centre, up from last year's figure of 12.
Findings also show that youngsters are on average the most successful learner drivers in the town, with nearly 54 per cent of 16 to 20-year-olds managing to ditch their L-plates.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, 41 to 50-year-olds came out the worst, where only 28 per cent proved they had the required skills.
Owner of Celtic School of Motoring Graham Armstrong said youngsters tended to be better learner drivers because they were used to such a learning environment. He said: "People in the older category tend to be more nervous and struggle a bit, but it's all on the day.
"Some people can drive so well but on the day things get to them."
Fellow town driving instructor Mike Rees agreed. He said: "They are fresh out of education and what tends to happen when someone younger learns to drive is that there is no fear there, they just go for it.
"My personal view is that when somebody is older they are a little bit more cautious, coupled with the fact that they have been out of education for so long."
Statistics have also shown that the 21 to 30 age group came out as the second most successful with a 45 per cent pass rate, while those aged 31 to 40 passed 36 per cent of the time.
Meanwhile, those aged 51 to 60 passed 32 per cent of the time, while over-60s were 33 per cent successful.
Overall, out of 6,240 drivers who took their tests at the centre from October 1, 2011, to June 30 this year, 3,068 passed, giving the centre an overall 49 per cent pass rate.
Ian Rees, of Ian's School of Motoring, added that nerves played a huge part in getting over the finishing line.
He said: "I have seen some people take their test and it is just not the same person driving, you would be surprised. When they are in lessons they are driving lovely but then some of them fall to bits.
"The only reason people fail is because of nerves or because they have got themselves into a state."