When I turned 16, the only thing on my mind was getting my hands on a driver's license. I wanted the freedom of driving a car so badly that I signed up for my driver’s test as soon as I was eligible.

For anyone who has ever gone through a driver’s test, the nerves leading up to the test are extremely overwhelming, but I didn’t even consider failing the test as an option. Luckily, I passed my test on the first try and was ecstatic to tell my friends. But I guess not everyone was as fortunate as me.


“How many people flunked their driver’s license road test the first time????” John Gouveia asked in a Taunton-based Facebook group. His conversation starter was directed towards a certain officer who was known to be a tough grader, but his question was met with dozens of people spilling the tea on their first driver's test.

“This girl,” said Cindy.

“Add me to the list,” said Mark.

More people continued to chime in, saying, “I did!” and “me too!”

I don't know what I would have done if I failed. Failing a driver’s test is certainly not ideal, and my fragile ego at the age of 16 would have taken a serious blow.

I was surprised to see how many people failed their first try at the driver’s test. Is it a reflection of the teacher or a reflection of the beginner? We may never know, but one thing is for sure, I’m glad I only had to do it once.

Now be honest, did you fail your first try at the driver's test?

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