Biggest reasons for failing the driving test

Failing a driving test is not a fun experience. We have listed the top 5 reasons for people failing their driving tests in the UK in the hope that it will help you or someone that you know. So without further ado, here they are:

  1. Observations at junctions

  2. Use of mirrors

  3. Moving away

  4. Use of signals

  5. Manoeuvres

Observations at junctions

This can come in many forms. Usually a learner will come out of the junction when they should have waited. Misjudging the distance of an oncoming vehicle that has priority or not seeing at all is common.

Here are some tips for avoiding making these types of faults:

  • Don’t rush to come out of a junction

  • If your view is obstructed, use the peep and creep technique

  • Use shop windows and other cars to look for reflections

  • Double check before committing yourself into the junction

  • Make sure you understand who has priority, if in doubt take a second to think about it

Use of mirrors

If you are finding it difficult to deal with the mirrors, the thing to remember is that you will be required to use your mirrors before doing either of the following:

  • Signalling

  • Changing direction

  • Changing speed

That may not sound like a lot of times but when you are driving, you will be doing the above quite a lot.

Here are some tips on dealing with mirrors:

  • Don’t change lanes without first checking that there is no one there.

  • Look out for when lanes are merging together and check for traffic merging with your lane

  • If you need to brake sharply, check centre mirror first ( Unless you are doing emergency stop )

  • When signalling just remember this routine – MIRROR MIRROR SIGNAL

Moving Away

When moving away, you will be marked on whether you move away:

  • Under control

  • Safely