A hairdresser has put women firmly in the driving seat when it comes to motoring skill after passing her driving test first time with a perfect score.
Emily Wigley, 19, pulled a clean sheet out of the bag by scoring no minors – points picked up for basic driving errors.
The hairdresser, from Wath-upon-Dearne in South Yorkshire, said: “I felt confident that I could do everything so I was quite comfortable.
“I think I actually enjoyed it. It’s not as bad as people make out. I was more worried about other people on the road.”
It’s rare for new drivers to make no mistakes on their test, and learner drivers are allowed up to 15 minor faults before they are failed.
Any major driving offences mean drivers immediately flunk the test.
Emily had driving lessons once a week for just under a year with instructor Vicki Townsend, who was stunned at the teenager’s success on her first attempt.
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.
“There’s usually something to pick up during a test, like lane discipline – to have nothing picked up at all is very rare.”
Emily is now saving up to buy her own car, but in the meantime she is sharing her grandmother’s Vauxhall Corsa until she can afford the insurance.
Emily added: “I love driving, it gives me much more independence, and it’s a really great feeling to be able to do it on my own.”
The youngster also achieved a perfect score on her theory test exam.