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Top 10 reasons for failing the UK practical driving test 2019

Top 10 reasons for failing the UK practical driving test 2019

If your looking to pass your driving test, have a look through some of the common reasons why people fail their driving test.

The Driving Examiner is not looking for perfection on your driving test. Your overall objective is to drive in a safe, observant manner, respecting speed limits without effecting traffic or other road users. You can get up to 15 minor faults but 1 serious or dangerous fault & you will have to repeat the driving test.

1. Observation at junctions: “look right, left & ahead”

Poor observations at junctions are one of the top 10 reasons for failing your driving test.

Use the MSPSL routine, peep & creep if necessary at closed junctions until you have a clear vision of potential hazards.

2. Failing to check mirrors: “Mirror or Mirrors”

Your main focus should obviously be ahead, but you should be checking your mirrors on a regular basis during your driving test as they give you valuable information & help your decision making. Mirrors must be checked in good time when changing speed or direction.

3. Control of steering wheel “pull & push”

The Driving examiner is looking for safe smooth steering keeping good control. Improper steering or excessive steering, causing you to go close to a kerb or cars will cause a fault.

4. Turning right at junctions “slow down on the approach & plan ahead”

Turning right at junctions or crossroads is one the most common reasons for failing your driving test. You need to ensure correct road position, good clutch control, & great observation.

Remember your point of turn, not cutting corners or swing too far left.

5. Failing to move off safely from stationary position “Lifesaver check”

The examiner will ask you to park up & move off safely during the driving test & it is essential you check over your right shoulder just before you move off.

6. Positioning of car on road “Stay in your lane”

Lane discipline & drifting slightly into another lane, towards parked cars or the kerb will cause a driving fault. Keep an eye on road markings, be particularly careful on roundabouts & bends.

7. Inappropriate speed: “20 is Plenty”

It does not necessarily follow that only small roads are 20mph.

If you are taking driving lessons near Didsbury test center, you will have noticed lots of 20mph speed limits & speed limit changes. Be particularly careful during school times. You can fail your test for going too fast or to slow!

8. Response to traffic lights: “Green Means Go”

If your in the habit of following the car in front & not anticipating that the green lights may change as you approach, you’re very likely to come unstuck on your driving test.

Whenever you see traffic lights ahead anticipate them changing as your approaching. Don’t suddenly brake when you are near the stop line as it may not always be safe for you to do this. Make sure you stop at the first line & not go over Advanced Stop Lines or “Bike box”. Look for the green filter light as waiting unnecessarily will incur a fault.

9. Reverse park Exercise “ Slow & steady”

The reverse parking exercise on the driving test such as parallel parking, fills many with dread.

You should not really fail on the manoeuvres as you can always fix it. For example if not correctly parked in a bay, open the door if necessary & check. The most common way to fail is due to lack of observation whilst parking, so take your time slow clutch control & pause if necessary for other passing traffic.

10. Response to traffic signs “be alert & anticipate”

Be aware & alert to roadworks, temporary lane changes or diversions. Plan your lane change early. Roadworks with temporary traffic lights, stop at the correct place.


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