SIBLINGS Harriet and George Wood have made their mark in the driving test history books.
The Clayton West teenagers both passed their exam first time with no minor faults.
It is almost unheard of to make no mistakes, with learner drivers allowed up to 15 minor faults before they are failed. Fewer than 1% of the 700,000 learners who take their test per year, manage a completely clean slate.
The impressive double success was completed last week when Shelley College student Harriet stepped up to the test centre for the first time.
The 17-year-old admitted she had been under pressure to match her older brother’s record and had been happy to prove him wrong.
She said: “George was always saying ‘You’re not as good as me’, in fact he’s still saying that. I was very, very nervous until I got there and then I was totally chilled. I couldn’t believe it when the examiner told me – I said to him, ‘Are you joking?’.”
Mum Christine, said: “When you look at the statistics it’s quite amazing. From what the examiner said it’s unprecedented to have a brother and sister both pass first time with no minors.”
Both Harriet and George were taught by Skelmanthorpe based instructor Richard Capewell who said he’d had fewer than three dozen pass with no minors during his 10 years in the job.
He said: “It’s amazing when you think what a tiny percentage of people pass with no minors – you’ve got to be exceptionally good. To get a brother and sister both doing it is an incredible feat. We doubt it’s ever been done before in the country.”
The practical aspect of the driving test is failed by 40% of people at least once.
The average level of minor faults of those who pass is nine. These can include failing to put the lights on if daylight starts to dim or touching the curb during a three point turn.