Practice Makes Perfect – Main Driving Test Fails


There can be any number of reasons why someone might fail their driving test. There is the potential for you to lose concentration, or suffer from a lack of confidence in the build up to test day. You may even have found yourself rushing to take your test too soon, and felt unprepared.

If you are fully prepared, and organised on the day, then there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to pass your test first time.

Interestingly, the top 10 reasons why individuals fail their test hasn’t really seemed to change much over the years. The same mistakes seem to be being made over and over again, despite the fact that they are core elements of the test itself.

Because of this, it seemed a good idea to highlight each risk and explain what can be done to avoid failing in that area. Hopefully, with a little preparation beforehand, you can approach the most common fails with confidence, and put yourself ahead of the game.

The list is as follows.:

1. Observations at Junctions – The issue here is not making effective observations when you stop. In this situation it is crucial to take your time and only go when it is 100% safe.

2. Using Mirrors when Changing Direction – If you are moving lanes, or moving around cars without using your mirrors, you will find yourself in trouble. You should always be acting to what you see in your mirror, which you will only be able to do if you regularly look.

3. Steering Control – Keep control of the car. For example, avoid hitting kerbs or going wide around corners. This may seem obvious but it is all about looking well ahead and planning in advance.

4. Turning Right at Junctions – It is a crucial skill to be able to judge the speed of oncoming vehicles. Take the time to practise so that you aren’t forcing traffic to brake.

5. Positioning when Turning Right – You must position your vehicle in the correct way when turning. If there is a box, be firmly inside it, or move closely towards the centre line.

6. Moving Off Safely – Another safety measure you mustn’t ignore is checking your blind spot i.e. looking over your right shoulder before pulling away.

7. Moving Off in Control – Make sure you are moving away in full control. Check you are in the correct gear and never likely to stall.

8. Response to Traffic Light Signals – Anticipate when the lights will change, slowing down for a gentle stop if red is imminent.

9. Reverse Park – Keep the car under control by moving slowly. That way, if you steer wrong, you can correct it

10. Response to Road Markings – Pay close attention to what is written on the road. Anticipate all stop lines, give way where asked and follow all applicable arrows on the road.