The Most Common Reasons to Fail a Driving Test

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Here are ten things which might help you pick up a few minor or major points on your driving test. Your minor points are going to add up to a fail, and a major point (a big mistake) is going to fail you in one fell swoop. This top ten will help you to avoid some common mistakes.

Use of signals

Missing signals is naughty, and your examiner will notice. If you do it too often, you are going to fail your test.

Turn in the road

This is the one where you have to do a three-point turn without touching the wheels on the kerb. If your wheels touch, you are going to fail. If you misjudge the gap and have to do a four-point turn then you may get away with it, if you complete the turn in a timely fashion.

Steering control

Keep both hands on the wheel, do not cross arms and make sure that you steer in a smooth motion. You should also make sure that you correct yourself on the road in a smooth fashion and not too quickly.

Reverse parking

Only practice will help you to master this one. The use of your mirrors gives you a subconscious idea of how big the car is. It is up to you to trust your instinct on how big the car is. If in doubt then slow down.

Reverse around a corner

Learn to keep the car a foot away from the kerb as you go around, and make sure you check your mirrors and surroundings before making the move. Make the manoeuvre smooth, and make sure you practice a lot before you take your test.

Observation at junctions

Going too slow and being unconfident is one reason for failing. Getting too caught up in the moment, and missing those big metal things careering down the road is another reason.

Moving away safely

Take it steady, but at a confident pace. If you go too slow then you will be hit by another car and if you go too fast you will not be able to control the steering. Don’t forget to check your blind spot either!

Mirror use

You need to get into the habit of using them all the time and not just when you are told.

Incorrect positioning

Your instructor should have gotten you into the habit of getting in the right position, and by the time of your test you should be in the habit of getting it right.

Inappropriate speed

This goes both ways in that you can go too fast when pulling away or driving along the roads, and you can go too slowly. Both are going to cost you minor points, which add up to a fail if you get too many.

This content was provided by the British-based company, PassSmart.com


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