What To Do If You Fail The Practical Driving Test

It’s estimated that only 47% of learner drivers pass their driving practical test for the first time, so its understandable if you have concerns about failing. Although obtaining your driving licence may seem like one of the biggest priorities, one of the most important things to remember is to keep in mind your progress so far. 

Unlike when you initially started driving, you are now prepared for your practical examination, highlighting how far you have come and how much you have learnt. You should always remember this and use it as motivation, as well as to ensure you keep working hard for your next test. 

The Next Steps

If you did end up failing your driving test, it is now time to prepare again for your next practical test. One of the first thing that you should look to do is find out where you went wrong. Your driving examiner will tell you at the end of the test what your errors were, as well as provide you with a report which highlights the particular areas that you failed within. You can then discuss with your driving instructor to create a plan of action moving forward that focuses on these areas so that you are more likely to pass next time.

What options do I have? 

There are then two main options that you can proceed with: 

  • Carry out additional driving lessons

By completing additional driving lessons, you can then focus on these areas in depth, obtaining more time learning to drive. Regardless if you fail or not, drivers can always benefit from additional driving hours, with one of the most notable schemes including the Pass Plus certification which highlights to the DVLA and insurance firms that you are very experienced at driving and have undergone additional learning.

  • Book a mock test 

If you feel like you were let down by nerves or a silly mistake, then it may be worth booking a mock driving test, something we provide at Carcaptain. During this test, you will be under the same conditions as a driving test, where you will also be examined and provided with a written report to show your progress and mistakes. From this, your instructor will then let you know if they feel you are fully prepared, and look for the next available date for your practical driving test at your chosen test centre. 


Failing your driving test really isn’t the end of the world, so don’t worry, as you can book another test for only 10 days time. This will allow you enough time to not only practice with the approaches above but also to improve your confidence, if needed, to take the test again. 

That being said, it may be difficult to book a test that quickly, as there are thousands of people looking to book their examination, which is why it’s always recommended to search for cancelled appointments. If you need some assistance, Carcaptain can also help, as through our booking test only service we are able to assist with finding and booking your driving test. 

On the other hand, if you are looking to book one of the best intensive courses, then look no further than one of London’s highest-rated intensive driving course providers, Carcaptain. To find out more, head over to our website, or give us a call today on 0220 7099 1232 and someone from our driving school will get back to you as soon as possible. 


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