Only 46 percent of New York City’s would-be drivers passed the road test in 2012, down from 52 percent the year prior, the New York Daily News reported.
Experts say the drop is partly due to schools cutting driving classes to save money. It’s not that the basic road test has gotten harder, a DMV spokesman told the Daily News.
AAA New York spokesman Robert Sinclair said the drop is simply due to a lack of preparation.
Before taking the test, new drivers must first get a learner’s permit and complete a five-hour course. Additionally, drivers younger than 18 must have a minimum of 50 hours of supervised practice behind the wheel, the Daily News reported.
Still, many new drivers need to take the test more than once.
“Most of them know how to drive, but when it comes down to the test, that’s when they get overwhelmed,” Mason Wangy, a volunteer at Brooklyn Driving School, told the Daily News.
Driving experts also said that the declining pass rate can be because more teens are relying on their parents or relatives for training.
“Cousins and relatives who can barely drive are teaching them,” Alex Minevich, who runs Brooklyn’s Left Turn Driving School, told the Daily News.
The city’s test-takers had the best chance of passing in Brooklyn, with a 51 percent pass rate, the Daily News reported.