What are the most common reasons why people fail the driving test? Have you asked yourself this questions?
Find below 12 Practical Reasons Why People Fail the Driving Test! All you need to know. Stop wasting time and money. Pass your Driving Test the first time!
Over the years very little has changed regarding how people fail the driving test. Even the overall pass rates for the driving test has changed very little.
Here is a break down of the top reasons why people fail the driving test in the UK.

1- Mirrors

It’s mirrors changing direction, which means those small mirrors on the side doors and not been checked before changing direction.

2 – Junctions

Observation is the big one here, and it is mostly coming out of a minor road on to a major road if you can’t see clearly then do the peep and creep method, come out a little at a time.

3 – Positioning

Means that people are not in the correct position. When driving on the left you should always position your car one metre from the left or from a parked car on the left. if someone opens the door of a parked car as you are driving past you will not hit them. The first rule of driving in the UK is to drive on the left. The right-hand lanes are for overtaking.

4 – Moving off

Control of the car is the upmost importance, do not let the car roll back, get the biting point first before trying to move off on a hill.

5 – Move off safely

Not checking the blind spots and mirrors is the big one here, always check before moving off.

6 – Control

Control of the car, steering is the big one here, steering to soon or too much is mainly what happens but some times people steer too late.


7 – Respond to signals

Traffic signs, what is meant here is where the road markings or signs are saying the left lane is for left only and the right lane is for right only, people miss the signs simply because they are not continuously looking out for those signs.


8 – Reverse Park

Another control issue, it simply means that on the reverse park people are hitting the kerb or stopping too far away, you should not be more than a foot or so away from the kerb when you have finished parking. If you feel you might be about to hit the kerb stop and correct the manoeuvre.


9 – Respond to signals at traffic lights

This happens a lot where you have an extra light on the traffic lights system, where it shows turn left or turn right only arrows, be alert at traffic lights, even though the car is not moving you are still driving the car and controlling the car.


10 – Junctions, Turning right

Mostly coming from a major road to a minor road, give yourself more time to do this safely, and sometimes it can be from minor roads turning right onto major roads, again the key is to give yourself more time.


11 – Progress

Making progress is another major issue on the driving test, it is where you take too long to pick up speed when joining a new road, try and keep up with the flow of traffic.


The blue car joined a new road and it’s taking too long to pick up speed

12 – Speed

Going to slow for the traffic or breaking the speed limit. Do not assume what you think the speed limit is, always keep your eyes peeled for changes to the speed limit. Joining a new road where the speed limit changes are the one that catches people out.


The blue car above is too slow. It’s going about 19 mph on a 30 mph road

On a happier note, there are a lot more people passing the driving test with zero faults which means people are getting better prepared for the test. I m assuming the reason you are reading this is that you have a driving test coming up. If so may we wish you every success on your driving test!

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