Grace, 17, matches boyfriend's zero errors on driving test

This Is Wiltshire: Tom Law and girlfriend Grace Wright, who have now both passed their driving tests with zero errors Buy this photo » Tom Law and girlfriend Grace Wright, who have now both passed their driving tests with zero errors

A COMPETITIVE couple who passed their driving tests without a single error just a week apart have been touted Swindon’s safest duo on the road.

Tom Law, 17, picked up his licence following a stellar examination last week, catapulting him into the 0.8 per cent of the population to receive a zero-fault score.

He was joined on Tuesday by his girlfriend of one year, Grace Wright, among the select few to achieve such a feat.

While Tom followed a relatively obstacle-free route through Purton, the 17-year-old had to navigate her way through a series of roundabouts across West Swindon.

But this did little to unnerve Grace, of Broome Manor, who was determined to match his prowess.

“I’m absolutely thrilled,” said the Ridgeway School student.

“It was definitely a shock but I’m very happy.

“We are a very competitive couple. When he passed I said ‘The pressure is on now and I won’t be happy until I get no minors too.’ “I didn’t really expect it. I was just hoping for the best.

“I just messaged him when I finished to tell him the good news.”

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

Unlike her boyfriend, who despite his natural ability was never fond of driving, the sixth former loves to get behind the wheel.

“I love driving; I really do,” she added. “It’s unbelievable that only 0.8 per cent of people make no minors. I didn’t realise the chances were so slim.

“Tom was very supportive and helped me. We tested each other in the questions for the theory.”

On Tom’s advice and after practising with her parents, she began taking lessons with his own instructor, Martin Neil of The Manor School of Motoring.

Tom, of East Wichel, had every confidence the able driver would pass with flying colours.

“I’m very pleased for her actually,” said the sports student at Swindon College. “It shows we are as good as each other. But I was not really surprised. I had been in the back seat of the car when she learned to drive and I knew her capabilities. I told her that at the worst she would pass with a few minors. I tried to relax her before the test.

“It shows that we can both drive well and safely.

“I don’t really feel special but I’m sure she does at the moment. I think it’s a great achievement and something to be proud of.”

Tom has decided to take the Pass Plus course with his instructor.

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9:33am Thu 12 Dec 13

RichardR1 says...

Clearly a great achievement. Let's hope they remain safe on the road, we are in the period of accidents in the build up to Christmas.
Clearly a great achievement. Let's hope they remain safe on the road, we are in the period of accidents in the build up to Christmas. RichardR1

9:45am Thu 12 Dec 13

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

RichardR1 wrote:
Clearly a great achievement. Let's hope they remain safe on the road, we are in the period of accidents in the build up to Christmas.
That's because for some reason many people seem to have forgotten how to drive!
[quote][p][bold]RichardR1[/bold] wrote: Clearly a great achievement. Let's hope they remain safe on the road, we are in the period of accidents in the build up to Christmas.[/p][/quote]That's because for some reason many people seem to have forgotten how to drive! The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man

10:01am Thu 12 Dec 13

Tyran66 says...

Since when does this qualify as news? Its great that they both have a good capacity to learn. Their is no substitute for experience though and "stories" like this risk offering them both a false sense of security on the road - a novice is a novice - and only time and experience can change that.

Would you encourage a toddler just walking, to run the London marathon?
Since when does this qualify as news? Its great that they both have a good capacity to learn. Their is no substitute for experience though and "stories" like this risk offering them both a false sense of security on the road - a novice is a novice - and only time and experience can change that. Would you encourage a toddler just walking, to run the London marathon? Tyran66

1:46pm Thu 12 Dec 13

BCDR99 says...

"have been touted Swindon’s safest duo on the road. "

Oh please! They have learnt how to operate a car. Learning to "drive" takes years of experience. We see the result of over-confidence in young drivers far too often to even suggest that someone with no errors in the space of a very short period of time is a "safe" driver.
"have been touted Swindon’s safest duo on the road. " Oh please! They have learnt how to operate a car. Learning to "drive" takes years of experience. We see the result of over-confidence in young drivers far too often to even suggest that someone with no errors in the space of a very short period of time is a "safe" driver. BCDR99

9:52am Fri 13 Dec 13

tucker81 says...

Driving safely has little to do with learning how to operate a car, it's about learning how to avoid the other cretins mistakes on the road, and that comes with experience. The driving age should be put up to 21 anyway, 17 year olds haven't got a clue.
Driving safely has little to do with learning how to operate a car, it's about learning how to avoid the other cretins mistakes on the road, and that comes with experience. The driving age should be put up to 21 anyway, 17 year olds haven't got a clue. tucker81

12:29pm Tue 14 Jan 14

SomeoneWhoIsntMe says...

You can't eq
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