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Perfect pass puts South Yorkshire teenager safely in the driving seat

Emily Wigley, 19, who passed her driving test first time under the instruction of Vicki Townsend, left.

Emily Wigley, 19, who passed her driving test first time under the instruction of Vicki Townsend, left.

Emily Wigley was thrilled when she heard she had passed her driving test at the first attempt – as any teenager would.

But the 19-year-old was astonished to find she’d achieved a perfect pass – with the examiner unable to find a fault of any kind.

Her instructor Vicki Townsend was stunned too – in more than four years of coaching nervous learners both young and old, she had never seen anything like it.

Vicki said: “I wasn’t entirely surprised as Emily did come across as a bit of a natural.

“However, to see the examiner’s form listing no minor faults of any kind was amazing.

“I did have a word with the examiner for a debrief, but she said there was nothing to discuss – she said Emily had given her a lovely drive.”

Emily, a hairdresser who lives on Doncaster Road, Wath-upon-Dearne, said she’d been taking lessons weekly for just under a year.

She said: “I was nervous beforehand, but when the test started I felt relaxed and there were no bad moments.

“I’d got a perfect score in the theory test too, but when the examiner just said my drive was faultless I knew it was quite an achievement.”

Emily does not have her own car yet – she cannot afford the insurance – but is instead sharing her nan’s Vauxhall Corsa.

She said: “I’m enjoying driving now, loving it, it’s just a great feeling.”

Vicki said she tried to keep her students calm and let them learn from their own mistakes, rather than telling them exactly what to do.

She said: “There’s usually something to pick up during a test, like lane indiscipline – to have nothing picked up at all is very rare.”

 

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