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Woman finally passed her driving test on her 960th attempt

Rhiannon Ingle

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Woman finally passed her driving test on her 960th attempt

Featured Image Credit: AsianCultureUnlocked/YouTube/Pexels

A driver's test can be intimidating for even the best drivers out there - let alone for those who need a little extra help in passing their test.

And for one woman, this was definitely the case after she failed her driving nearly 1,000 times.

But, at long last, she was finally able to apply for a glossy new license after passing her test on her 960th attempt.

First time was most definitely not a charm for her. Check it out:

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In South Korea, any prospective driver has to pass a written test before being allowed behind the wheel to complete a practical examination.

The then-69-year-old woman from South Korea finally received her driving license after hundreds of attempts to pass her test.

Really proving the power of persistence, the woman, Cha Sa-soon, has since become a national celebrity.

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Cha Sa-soon first attempted the written section of her driver's test back in April 2005 and after failing - she continued to retake the test every single day, five days a week for three whole years.

Talk about commitment...

After those first three years still didn't result in a pass, Cha Sa-soon then lowered her attempt numbers and took the test only twice a week until the fateful day when she finally passed.

The woman took the test every single day for three whole years. Credit: YouTube/AsianCultureUnlocked
The woman took the test every single day for three whole years. Credit: YouTube/AsianCultureUnlocked
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At long last the woman passed the pesky written exam on her 950th try, yet went on to fail several more practical driving tests before finally passing on her 960th trip round the block.

It has been reported that Cha Sa-soon said she needed the licence for her vegetable-selling business.

Not only did she dedicate her time to the task but Cha Sa-soon ended up forking out a staggering total £11,000 along with application fees to secure her licence.

An instructor at Jeonbuk Driving School, Park Su-yeon, was quoted at the time saying: "When she finally got her licence, we all went out cheering and hugged her, giving her flowers."

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"It felt like a huge burden falling off our backs. We hadn't had the guts to tell her to quit because she kept showing up," the instructor added.

It's clear that the jubilation was felt by more than just Cha Sa-soon and the driving school.

She has since appeared in a national advert for the South Korean Hyundai car manufacturer and was gifted a swish new car by the company worth $16,800 (about $13,700).

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The story has since resurfaced on a Reddit thread yesterday (20 March) with hundreds sharing their reactions to the miraculous story.

Some weren't totally bowled over by the story, though, with one Reddit user writing: "I wouldn't want someone who has failed over ~5 times to be on the same road as me, not to mention 960."

"I personally believe if you fail your driving test, or any part of your driving test, more than 10 times, you should never be allowed to drive," a second stated.

"There has to be a point before 960 times where someone decides that driving just ain't for you."

Others, however, opted to see the brighter side to the the woman's victory.

A third wrote: "I still respect the dedication."

A final Reddit user called the situation a 'wholesome human moment'.

I guess practice really does make perfect.

Topics: Real Life, Life

Rhiannon Ingle
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