I had to chuckle when I read the Leader newspaper this week. The front page carried a story on the varying degree of pass rates across the different driving test centers in Sussex.
Within the report there are some comments by driving instructor Chris Anastasiades, who says that Crawley has a reputation as being a difficult location to take your driving test due to the one way systems and the complex roundabouts.
It's a no brainer that Crawley is a much harder test route compared to the quiet, simple roads found in Burgess Hill.
However, this didn't stop a spokesman from the Driving Standards Agency having a pop at the residents of Crawley. He claims that the reasons for a higher failure rate on the Crawley test routes is due socio-economic reasons, that those with less money take fewer lessons before taking their tests.
In other words, Crawley is full of poor chavs that spend their money on McDonalds and tracksuits and not enough of their benefit money is spent on learning to drive!
Ill-judged comments really, as any decent driving instructor will keep their learners with them as long as possible to squeeze more money out of them and to ensure that they are properly prepared for their test.
It doesn't always work like this though. I was more than ready for my first driving test, and I went on to fail 5 times!