Driving success - triplets pass test on the same day

31/05/2013''Picture shows Triplets James, Natasha and Ross Harrison who all passed their driving test first time on the same day.''rossparry.co.uk / Chris Fairweather

31/05/2013''Picture shows Triplets James, Natasha and Ross Harrison who all passed their driving test first time on the same day.''rossparry.co.uk / Chris Fairweather

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Harrogate triplets passed their driving test first time - on the same day.

Natasha, Ross and James Harrison, 17, began their driving lessons on their birthdays, practising two hours between them every night.

And the amazing trio didn’t even have to spend any money to do it, after being taught by their stepdad Steve Thompson, a former driving instructor.

Steve, 49, who had his own driving academy after doing 25 years in the Army, booked the teenagers’ tests months in advance in order to challenge them to pass on the same day.

When all three came back home with their individual good news on May 24, Steve and the siblings’ mum Rosemary, were astonished.

“The three of them were absolutely thrilled, and couldn’t believe they had all passed the first time on the same day,” Steve said.

“We were ecstatic, and so happy for them. It was always the plan to teach the triplets. Before they turned 17, I used to go through the theory training with them to

give them a head-start.

“They did an intensive four-month driving period with me and help from their father who lives nearby. They now have two cars between them and it’s great for me and their mum too, as we can have up to two taxis at once.”

Natasha was first to take her test at 9.37am, followed by Ross at 11.27am and James later in the afternoon at 3.22pm.

“To avoid the pressure being put on the next sibling, the triplets didn’t want each other to know how they did,” Steve said.

“However, Natasha was being coy, and when James looked at Ross to see him smiling after he had passed, all of the pressure was suddenly on James and he was petrified he wasn’t going to pass.

“Thankfully, he did and we can now forget about any more lessons.”

Being the first to pass, Natasha said there was a lot of pressure on all three of them.

“We all wanted to pass and not be the odd one out.

“I was OK when I was having my lesson with Steve beforehand, but I was so nervous when I realised I was on my test.”

Ross, who had a school exam before his driving test, said: “The whole day was really weird. I went home to see my mum beforehand and she said hoped I pass like Natasha.

James, was the last to take his test . “I really didn’t want to know how the other two got on, but it was obvious Natasha had passed and Ross didn’t exactly hide his certificate very well. Luckily, I passed.”

The triplets were born on January 24, 1996 through IVF treatment.