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Top 10 Reasons People Fail The Driving Test

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Top 10 Reasons People Fail The Driving Test

Top 10 Reasons People Fail The Driving Test

As composed by the DVSA:

1. Observations at junctions

  • You'll be marked with this fault for not taking effective observation before emerging at junctions, and emerging into the path of other vehicles. Always make sure it's safe before proceeding.

2. Use of mirrors

  • Not using mirrors properly is one of the reasons people fail.
  • Remember that you need to use your rear view mirror and door mirrors - and react to the information! People get caught out for pulling up with no mirror checks, increasing their speed with no mirror checks, or using their mirrors too late.

3. Steering

  • You need to be able to maintain a steady course in normal driving. Things like mounting and dismounting the kerb, and not following the contour of the kerb results in faults in this area.

4. Turning right at junctions

  • When you're turning right, position your vehicle correctly - it shouldn't cut the corner when turning right.
  • Also, watch out for cyclists and motorcyclists, and any pedestrians crossing the road.

5. Response to traffic lights

  • Giving the right response to traffic lights is something that catches people out.
  • Some of the mistakes that people make include waiting at a green filter light when it's safe to proceed and staying at the stop line when it's safe to move.
  • Other faults that count include not conforming to a red light, and stopping beyond an advanced stop line in the area designated for cyclists.

6. Moving off safely

  • When you're moving off from the side of the road, you need to make sure you look around, check your blind spots - and that you're indicating the right way!

7. Control when moving off

  • Repeated stalling is one of the things that counts as control when moving off.
  • Other things that are included in this reason are moving off (or trying to!) with the handbrake on, rolling backwards when trying to move off - and not putting the car in gear and attempting to move off.

8. Positioning

  • Road positioning is really important.
  • Your vehicle should be positioned correctly for the route you're taking. If lanes are marked, make sure you're in the middle of the lane. Avoid straddling lanes.

9. Reverse parking

  • In the driving test you'll either do a parallel park on the road, or reverse into a parking bay at the test centre.
  • You'll get a driving fault in this area if you need to reposition to correct a loss of control or accuracy. A complete misjudgement or significant loss of control will count as a serious fault.

10. Response to road markings

  • You'll be marked with faults in this area for doing things like unnecessarily crossing the solid white centre lines on the road, and not following directional arrows.
  • Stopping in a yellow box junction when the exit is not clear also counts for this reason. So make sure you know the rules about using them.

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