6 Common Reasons Why Learners Fail On Their Driving Test

Here at Carcaptain, we can offer you a personal, unique driving experience that is very enjoyable and effective. However, if you have nearly completed your intensive driving course in London, your driving test will nearly be upon you. Therefore, understanding the most common reasons why learners fail their driving test may be very helpful for you. Our exceptional team have therefore put together a list of reasons and scenarios that you need to avoid when on the road with your examiner.  

  1. Use of mirrors

Your driving test is designed for you to prove to the examiner that you are a safe driver, which means understanding what is going on around you. Every time you are changing speed or direction or moving off in the vehicle, you have to check your mirrors.

  1. Observations at junctions

On your driving test, you need to be able to demonstrate your ability to turn or emerge safely into a new road. Therefore, when approaching a junction you need to make sure to use your mirrors, take note of the flow of traffic and slow to an appropriate speed – whilst ensuring that you don’t come to a stop over the white line.

  1. Moving off safely

When moving off on a road, it is incredibly important for you to check that it is safe for you to go. This involves observing traffic coming from behind you and towards you, and always keeping an eye out for pedestrians, cyclists and motorbikes. During your test, your examiner will probably ask you to pull over and then move off again several times, so you need to make sure you follow the correct process every time, without forgetting your observations.

  1. Incorrect positioning on the road

Incorrect positioning at bends, lanes and roundabouts often cause learners to fail and comes in a variety of forms. However, it all stems from a lack of forward planning, anticipation and observation. The examiner is always checking to see that you are positioning the car appropriately within the width of the road as you are driving along.

  1. Inappropriate or excessive speed

Although driving too fast is still a common issue, the biggest mistake learners usually make is slow driving. Often learners are so focused with staying below the speed limit, they actually go too slowly. You need to always ensure you are not travelling too slowly for the road or conditions that you are driving in, which is why your speed must be appropriate for the road and not hold people up unnecessarily. Instead, remain at a speed that allows you to judge the situation effectively.

  1. Reverse parking

During the driving test, you can be asked to either parallel park on the road, or reverse into a parking bay at the test centre. A complete misjudgment or significant loss of control when reversing will count as a serious fault. To avoid this, ensure you fully observe the situation before and whilst reversing, going slowly to help with accuracy.

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