The 10 Most Common Reasons People Fail Their Driving Test

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Ahh, the dreaded driving test – one of those lifetime things you simply have no choice but to go through at one point or another.

Pass it, and you can on as many post-lockdown road trips as you like. But, fail it, and you’re back to square one, practicing even harder to make sure you nail your next test.

If you’ve got a driving test coming up soon or have recently failed one for some unknown reason, we’re here to help you diagnose what you should and shouldn’t be doing during it.

Join us as we run through the ten key reasons – as reported by DVSA – why people fail their driving test.

  1. Observation At Junctions. The number one reason people fail, if you aren’t clearly paying attention to what’s going on around you at a junction, you will be marked down.
  2. Not Using Mirrors When Changing Direction. Driving safely is all about using your mirrors correctly – and especially when it comes to changing direction.
  3. Steering Control. It should go without saying really but you need to show your examiner that you’re actually in safe control of the car you’re driving.
  4. Turning Right At Junctions. Junctions can be scary things so it’s important to maintain a good level of concentration, particularly when turning right at them.
  5. Moving Off Safely. There’s no point waiting for the perfect opportunity to move off at a junction if you’re not ready. Find that biting point, release that handbrake and move off.
  6. Traffic Light Signal Response. Again, it should go without saying, but make sure you don’t go through any red lights. You’ll only fail straight away if you do.
  7. Controlled Moving Off. Your examiner is looking for you to show them you’re in control, so make sure – when it comes to moving off – you are.
  8. Driving Positioning. Don’t sway all over the road or stay too far to the left-hand side. Your positioning says a lot about your confidence on the road, so don’t be afraid to own it.
  9. Signal Response To Road Markings. When driving, you need to be ready for the unexpected – especially when it comes to responding to specific road markings.
  10. Controlled Reverse Parking. Parking is a tricky thing to learn but the reverse bay park is one of the most difficult. Keep it slow and steady, and concentrate fully all the time.

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