So how was it for you? Did you bin the L plates after that first test or was it a case of once, twice, three times a loser?

It's always been a badge of honour to claim success in one attempt, but new research harvested by telematics data suggests drivers who didn't breeze through first time may well be a safer pair of hands.

The young driver insurance brand Ingenie has been tagging new drivers with black boxes - and when their data is cross-referenced with the number of times it took these drivers to originally pass, it's found some eyebrow-raising results...

While single test drivers score an average of 78 per cent on their data for speed, acceleration, braking and cornering, drivers who needed FOUR attempts average 84 per cent.

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Does this mean the traditional boast is about to become something to keep your mouth shut about? Ingenie's evidence suggests as much: "On average those who took less than four months to pass had a lower score than those who exceeded this time frame," Ingenie boss Mike Ketteringham told Avon Tuning.

The optimum time spent learning to drive, he says, appears to be 30 hours or more of lessons, since scores dip below 80/100 when hours fall short of this number.

The insurer believes the best drivers are those who've overcome failure and benefited from spending more time behind the wheel as a result.

"The lower driving scores seen in first-time passers suggest that they are perhaps taking their practical tests too early. Interestingly, our analysis shows that those who believe they had enough lessons tend to be poorer drivers than those who feel they needed more time behind the wheel."