Common reasons for failing your driving test

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So the big day of your driving test has arrived. You’ve finished your lessons, you’ve practiced and practiced those manoeuvres, and now all you have to do is to keep your examiner happy.
So why doesn’t it always go the way we want it to? Nerves can often play a large part in the outcome of someones test, but we’ve listed here some of the most common serious faults which people get on their test.
1) Control on manoeuvresThere are the four main manoeuvres when it comes to your test, and you will be required to complete one of them during your test. The examiner will be watching closely for how you control your vehicle, including your speed control and your steering. For example, if you are reversing round a corner and you are going to fast, it can compromise the safety of the manoeuvre, therefore resulting in a fail. Always remember to take your time to maintain accuracy.
2) Observation at junctionsThis one is pretty self explanatory, but still quite common as a reason for failing. Approaching junctions where you may be required to give way to other vehicles, make sure you are giving yourself enough time to make effective observations, even if this requires you to stop. Always know which vehicles you would need to give way to, and remember this short phrase “If you don’t know, don’t go”.
3) Mirrors: Faults around the mirrors could be earned in a couple of ways. Sometimes, it could be a single missing mirror check such as when changing direction. If by missing the mirror check, you miss something which you needed to be aware of before changing direction, the the examiner could see this as worthy of a serious fault. Alternatively, it may be a number of minor faults in the same area. For example, if you consistently miss your mirror checks whilst braking, the examiner could put several minor faults, before marking a serious fault as it’s clearly something you need to work on.
4) Observation on manoeuvres: Similar to the control aspect of the manoeuvre, the examiner will want to see you making thorough observations throughout your manoeuvre. These can sometime be affected by your control, as if you are not controlling your vehicle properly, it can distract you from your observations. If you are not making effective observations, you will not be carrying out your manoeuvre safely.
5) Control during normal driving: This can cover a large number of driving faults. Steering, gears, road positioning, pretty much everything you are doing whilst driving! The idea should be to plan well ahead, therefore giving you plenty of time to be thinking about what you should be doing with you car and when you should be doing in. Consistency can be the key here.
So there you go, that’s just some of the common faults which people receive on their driving test. During your driving lessons, your driving instructor will normally go through some of these with you, and remember, stay calm on your test!!

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