Zero faults driving test club is joined by East Wichel lad of 17

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A RELUCTANT driver ironically born with a natural gift behind the wheel has joined the select few to have passed their test without a single error.

Tom Law, 17, is now one of just 0.8 per cent of learners in the country to have received their licence with a perfect score after taking the dreaded practical test, which has unnerved the most able of young drivers for generations.

Although pleased with his achievement, the sports student at Swindon College confessed that despite his innate talent, he was never fond of driving.

Tom, of East Wichel, said: “Beforehand I was not a big fan of travelling in a car. I’m still not a fan but I don’t mind it now. For me, driving is just a way of getting around.

“I’m confident in the car and I’ve had a lot of experience because I have been driving in my own car.”

Tom took his very first lesson on his 17th birthday on August 14. After just eight sessions with instructor Martin Neil of The Manor School of Motoring, he began taking to the road in his own 1.2 Fiesta under his parents’ supervision.

During the short test on Tuesday, he was taken along one of the examination routes through Purton and West Swindon.

Learners are allowed 15 minor mistakes, beyond which they automatically fail. On average drivers who pass make between five and six minor faults.

“I just found driving quite easy,” said Tom, a keen golf player who is hoping to make a name for himself in the competitive sport.

“My instructor was confident I would pass and expected no minors.

“During the test I did what I normally do. When I finished I knew I had done well but it was a bit of a surprise.

“I didn’t realise there was such a low number of people who have done that. My dad was pleased. He said he was more nervous than me.”

His outstanding zero-fault pass has brought relief to his parents who now have every confidence their son will be safe on the road.

“It makes us feel safer,” said his dad Richard. “He passed his theory test the first time as well. We are extremely proud.

“His driving instructor said he was an excellent driver. A zero-fault pass is very rare. This puts Tom in the top 0.8 per cent of people in the country who have achieved this.

“With all the bad press that young drivers get, it is refreshing to have good news.”

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6:30am Thu 5 Dec 13

swindondad says...

I would like to think that such a good test result would count for something when it comes to him getting insurance but I doubt it will.
I would like to think that such a good test result would count for something when it comes to him getting insurance but I doubt it will. swindondad

10:41am Thu 5 Dec 13

nobody says...

Passing a driving test means your good at driving tests, it does not mean you are a good driver, especially when let loose on your own.
Passing a driving test means your good at driving tests, it does not mean you are a good driver, especially when let loose on your own. nobody

4:19pm Thu 5 Dec 13

benzss says...

nobody wrote:
Passing a driving test means your good at driving tests, it does not mean you are a good driver, especially when let loose on your own.
Just as learning a language not decrease the level of banality in conversation.
[quote][p][bold]nobody[/bold] wrote: Passing a driving test means your good at driving tests, it does not mean you are a good driver, especially when let loose on your own.[/p][/quote]Just as learning a language not decrease the level of banality in conversation. benzss

5:12pm Thu 5 Dec 13

LordCharles says...

nobody wrote:
Passing a driving test means your good at driving tests, it does not mean you are a good driver, especially when let loose on your own.
I would rather go with this young man than any of the often reported young drivers in this paper. He is the first one I have read about that hasn't killed or injured anybody. Well done. An example to all of us.
[quote][p][bold]nobody[/bold] wrote: Passing a driving test means your good at driving tests, it does not mean you are a good driver, especially when let loose on your own.[/p][/quote]I would rather go with this young man than any of the often reported young drivers in this paper. He is the first one I have read about that hasn't killed or injured anybody. Well done. An example to all of us. LordCharles

5:13pm Thu 5 Dec 13

LordCharles says...

nobody wrote:
Passing a driving test means your good at driving tests, it does not mean you are a good driver, especially when let loose on your own.
I would rather go with this young man than the dozens of young drivers usually in this paper that kill or injure people. Well done. An example to us all.
[quote][p][bold]nobody[/bold] wrote: Passing a driving test means your good at driving tests, it does not mean you are a good driver, especially when let loose on your own.[/p][/quote]I would rather go with this young man than the dozens of young drivers usually in this paper that kill or injure people. Well done. An example to us all. LordCharles

7:57pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Ellofolks says...

benzss wrote:
nobody wrote:
Passing a driving test means your good at driving tests, it does not mean you are a good driver, especially when let loose on your own.
Just as learning a language not decrease the level of banality in conversation.
Ha ha excellent comment an made me smile. But this guy is best in class and all people have done is put him down. That's really sad. For those that attack this great success put the green eyes monster aside. Look in the mirror and say "the world has music for those that listen"
[quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nobody[/bold] wrote: Passing a driving test means your good at driving tests, it does not mean you are a good driver, especially when let loose on your own.[/p][/quote]Just as learning a language not decrease the level of banality in conversation.[/p][/quote]Ha ha excellent comment an made me smile. But this guy is best in class and all people have done is put him down. That's really sad. For those that attack this great success put the green eyes monster aside. Look in the mirror and say "the world has music for those that listen" Ellofolks

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