Most Common Fails for Failing a Driving Test

Jan 27, 2020

Most Common Fails for Failing a Driving Test

The pass rate for the driving test is only around 50%, and the first-time pass rate is even lower than that. While this may be the last thing you want to know if you’ve just applied for your driving test, we have put together a blog of the most common fails for a driving test, to help you increase your chances of passing.

Here are the 5 most common reasons for failing a driving test in the UK.

Junctions – Observations

This is the top reason for failing the driving test in the UK. Why? Because this is caused by drivers pulling out of junctions without looking properly. Do not just glance, analyse what’s going on all around you, especially in your blind spots. Make sure there are no other road users such as cyclists or pedestrians coming your way.

Mirror Use – Manoeuvres

Like we said above, you need to know what is going on all around you and this is what your mirrors are for. All manoeuvres rely on constant mirror scanning, and you need to make it clear to your examiner that you’re checking your mirrors constantly. Whatever you do, whether it’s a stop, direction change or when you’re starting off, always check your mirrors.

Speed – Are You Driving Too Slow or Too Fast?

Whether you’re driving slowly or going above the learner speed limit, you’ll fail your test. You always need to know what the speed limit is and drive up to the limit if it is safe to do so. When you drive below the speed limit when it is safe to go faster, the examiner might assume you don’t know what the speed limit is and can result in a fail.

Control – Steering

Maintaining a steady course and following the contour of the kerbside or the roadside is crucial on your test. Nowadays, most cars have power steering, so you don’t need to fight to stay on the right course. Keep your two hands on the wheel firmly, don’t cross your hands, and always be in full control.

Manoeuvres – Reversing Around the Corner

As I’m sure you know by now, the manoeuvre part of your test is always the most daunting, and when you get hit with the reverse around the corner, it strikes fear. You need to keep on top of what’s going on around you more than usual, all while keeping in line with the kerb and ensuring you don’t stray away from it while turning the corner. Practice is key!

The key to passing your driving test is to practice, keep calm and be aware of your surroundings.

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