The Top 10 Reasons to fail a Driving Test
• Junctions (observation)
• Mirrors – (change direction)
• Control (steering)
• Junctions (turning right)
• Move off (safely)
• Response to signals (traffic lights)
• Move off (control)
• Positioning (normal driving)
• Response to signals (road markings)
• Reverse park (control)
The current pass rate for the driving test is 47%. So that means that most people who take a driving test will fail!
We are now going to tell you what’s most likely to trip you up on the big day so you can make sure you don’t fall foul of any of them.
Reason number 1 – Junctions (observations)
Accidents are caused by drivers pulling out from junctions without looking properly. Don’t just glance before you make your pull out, remember to look assess decide any act properly on what you see taking particular care to look out for cyclists, pedestrians and motorcycles
Reason number 2 – Mirrors – (change direction)
You have to prove that you are a safe driver, how are you going to do this?
You need to know what’s going on around you at all times. You therefore need to constantly check your mirrors – all of them. When you manoeuvre you need to be aware of your surroundings and make it obvious to the examiner that you’re constantly making those checks.
Reason number 3 – Control (steering)
Make sure you’re in full control at all times. That means two steady hands on the steering wheel as much as possible, so keep those gear changes brief. Remember the best steering technique is the classic pull push technique. Feed the wheel from hand to hand keeping control at all times.
Reason number 4 – Junctions (turning right)
Turning right at junctions makes it In at number 4! When turning right you need to position your car correctly – just left of the centre white line. You shouldn’t cut the corner when approaching a junction as this is likely to get the examiners pen moving.
Reason number 5 – Move off (safely)
When you move off from the side of the road you need to make sure you look around, check your mirrors and particularly blind spots – indicate if you think that it’s necessary.
Reason number 6 – Response to signals (traffic lights)
Responding to traffic lights is something that catches pupils out. The most common mistake that people make include waiting at a green filter light when it’s safe to proceed and staying at the stop line when it’s safe to move. Other faults that count include not stopping at a red light.
Reason number 7 – Move off (control)
Don’t stall now!
Multiple stalling counts as control when moving off. Other things that are included in this reason are moving off with the handbrake on, rolling backwards when trying to move off – and not putting the car in gear and attempting to move off.
Reason number 8 – Positioning (normal driving)
You should position your car in the correct position at all times. If there are lane markings then try to stay in the centre of your lane. Do not straddle lanes. Don’t change lanes suddenly.
Reason number 9 – Response to signals (road markings)
Get ready for some faults for this one.
Crossing solid white lines unnecessary is a no no, and not being able to follow directions is going to get you marked down.
Stay away from yellow boxes unless you intended to turn right and your exit is clear. Makes sure you read up on the rules before you book your driving test.
Reason number 10 – Reverse park (control)
You might get asked to do either a reverse park on the road, or reverse into a parking bay at the test centre or in a car park en route.
Try to get it in on one movement as correcting your position might pick you up a fault or two. Completely misjudge or loose control completely would get you s mighty serious fault.
With all this in mind we wish you all the best for when you take your driving lessons and the all important driving test