Learner drivers' 'eggs'-ellent test tips
Superstitious learner drivers are going to all sorts of lengths to make sure they get to ditch the L-plates.
The list of unlikely rituals for test day has been pulled together by the AA Driving School and goes way beyond wearing a pair of lucky pants.
There was the student whose mother cracked an egg on every tyre before the test and another who spent the last lesson parking up and standing on drain covers every time she spotted them in pairs.
Cynics might scoff, but both passed.
Learner driver Will Law, aged 17, is hoping it is his skill behind the wheel that gets him his licence.
"I'm not superstitious at all. I have never been," said Will, from Felixstowe. "I could see why people would do those little things before their test because it's quite nerve-wracking and intense I guess for many people."
He might not have any little routines he intends to follow but his driving instructor certainly does.
Barry Martin makes sure his cuddly monkey toy is safely strapped in for every test.
"Monkey always sits in the back, and I always tell them monkey knows that they can pass and he is waiting for them to pass," he said.
"Other rituals I have is I always get them to book their test for the morning ... usually 9.07am, sometimes 10.14am - whatever they feel comfortable with."
And Mr Martin thinks it is up to each learner to decide what it is that helps them through the test.
"If it works, it's safe and you drive to the right specification to pass the test then you will pass whether it's Friday the 13th, first thing on a Monday or last thing on a Friday."
Other anecdotes include the woman wearing the same T-shirt on her test that she wore when she gave birth to her daughter.
Then there are those who salute magpies or refuse to cross the path of a black cat ... although they could be distractions that would result in a fail.
Nearly half of all practical driving tests resulted in success last year.
But for some it is certainly a case of "if at first you don't succeed, try again" ... and again ... and again.
In fact one 24-year-old recently passed on her 24th attempt.
She was one of eight Britons to have racked-up at least 20 tests by the end of 2013, according to figures from the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency.
Kevin Clinton, head of road safety at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, said: "It may be that repeated failures are down to not preparing well enough ahead of the test or it could be that they need more specific help on certain aspects of their driving.
"For some people, taking a break rather than trying to take the test again immediately might help, particularly if they have got into a mental state of almost expecting to fail because they have failed several times already."
Ultimately, the only thing that is going to get drivers to pass is good driving.
But if superstitions ease the nerves, who can argue with that?