There are many faults that could cause you to fail your practical driving test, but being aware of the top 10 most common reasons for failing will give you a fighting chance to pass and reach your goal of obtaining that driving license!
1. Observation At Junctions :
Instead of fixing your eyes directly in front of you practice ‘eye scanning’ making sure to look in al your mirrors and all around you. Observing other road users especially at junctions paying attention to who has the right of way then you can wait for an appropriate moment to pull into a gap safely.
2. Mirrors :
Following on from number 1, ‘eye scanning’ can come into play for this one to. You need to be aware of whats going on all around you, especially before changing direction. Checking all your mirrors and always make sure you are checking your blind spot before making any change of direction. Not checking your blind spot during a critical time is game over and instant fail!
3. Poor Steering :
In order to pass your driving test steering should be second nature to you and come naturally and at ease, if its not take extra lessons before your test and concentrate on this. The push pull method is the best under most circumstances, but the most crucial thing is to remain in control of the car’s direction at all times.
4. Turning Right At Junctions :
Always remember your mirror, signal, position, speed and look (MSPSL). Wait at junctions so you can judge the speed of oncoming traffic and only make the turn once you are completely sure it is 100% safe to do so.
5. Failing To Respond To Road Signs :
Again ‘eye scanning’ is used for this one, making sure to be constantly on the look out for road signs and understanding the information and acting upon it appropriately. Refer back to your theory knowledge when dealing with road signs.
6. Reverse Parking :
Reverse parking requires accuracy and control, so take your time and make sure you are checking for pedestrians and the cars around you to park safely and adequately.
7. Failing To Move Off Safely :
Refer back to number 4, using thee MSPSL enhances your chances of pulling away safely and also makes other road users aware of your intentions.
8 . Poor Positioning :
Staying within your lane unless you are changing lanes or pulling out to over takes. Don’t let the car wander towards the lane markings, always be cautious when over taking a cyclist and leave a cars width of space.
9 . Failing To Move Off Under Control :
Keeping the car under control at all times is crucial. Practice pulling away smoothly whilst gently accelerating making sure to observe the speed limit at all times, as going over the speed limit is an instant fail.
10 . Responding To Traffic Lights :
Be aware of traffic lights, slow down when you approach them watching the lights and be ready for them to change. Be ready when they turn amber but don’t move until they are green.
Kerry at Britannia said :
Always do your research regarding common test faults and listen to your instructor for any tips or advice, always voice any concerns or weaknesses you fell you may have. Make sure to book in lessons leading up to your test to enhance your chances of passing.