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Regional journalist goes bananas as fruit helps her pass driving test

A regional journalist has credited bananas with helping her to pass her driving test after seven years of trying.

Katie Timms, who works for Plymouth Live, says her decision to eat three of the fruit before her test led to her success behind the wheel.

Prior to her most recent test, Katie had endured seven years of on-and-off lessons, four instructors, an estimated 250-plus hours of training and four failures.

An opinion piece she wrote for Plymouth Live about her banana-inspired success has since been reproduced by a number of the site’s Reach plc sister titles, and has also been picked up by national daily Metro.

Katie Timms

The 25-year-old, pictured above, wrote: “However ridiculous it might sound, I am pretty sure that I passed my driving test because I ate a banana, or three. A friend suggested I ate the ‘driving test superfood’ after hearing it discussed on BBC Radio 1, so I asked my instructor if it was true.

“I then looked on Google and Twitter, which added to me believing the weird theory, as I found hundreds of people crediting passing to the banana.

“So, the night before my fifth test, I stocked up on bananas and made a smoothie for breakfast and then ate a third banana before I left the house to go to the dreaded test centre.

“I’m not sure if it was the fact that I ate three bananas, or the fact that I believed that I had the secret recipe to passing the test, but it worked. I’m pleased to tell you that you’ve passed.

“Now I’m more convinced than ever that a banana or three can help you avoid becoming the record holder for the most failed test attempts.”


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  • January 29, 2020 at 11:10 am

    Congratulations, but …I have to wonder if there should be a cap on how many times a driver can fail and still continue to try. Do these people eventually make safe drivers or not?

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  • January 29, 2020 at 1:48 pm

    I always eat porridge and toast for my breakfast before driving to work in the morning. Unfortunately it doesn’t make me a better driver. There must be something wrong with me.

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