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Reasons for failure in practical test:
 
The current national driving practical pass rate only stands at around 43% and for first-timers this average is even lower. The average learner driver needs 2-3 attempts at the test before they achieve their license. So if you fail do not despair, but us the experience to help you improve your driving abilities and increase your chances of being successful next test.

Pay attention to examiner's comments and understand the driving test report form which lists your driving faults. Practice weak areas and aim to correct these mistakes with the help of your driving instructor.

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Practical driving test has been designed to see if you:
  • can drive safely in different road and traffic conditions
  • know The Highway Code and can demonstrate this through your driving

Following is a list of most common reasons for why learner drivers fail in exam -

1. Failure to perform appropriately at road junctions

  • Your examiner should advise you in plenty of time of any intent to take the turning.
  • You should be able to judge the correct speed of approach so that you can enter a junction safely and stop if necessary.
  • Remember to position yourself well for the turn, so as not to endanger or mislead other road users.
  • Use the correct lane. If you are turning right, keep as near to the centre of the road as is safe.
  • Avoid cutting the corner when turning right. If turning left, keep over to the left and do not swing out.
  • Watch out for cyclists and motorcyclists coming up on your left and pedestrians who are crossing.
  • You must take effective observation before moving into a junction and make sure it is safe before proceeding.
  • When you have to turn, check your mirrors, signal to turn, and slow down to take the turning.
  • If you have right of way over a junction, check your mirrors in case you have to make an emergency stop, and carry on as normal.
  • If you do not have right of way over a junction, check your mirrors and slow down to give way at the junction if necessary.

2. Reversing around a corner wrongly

Practice will give you the confidence in this manoeuvre. As with all of the reversing manoeuvres, the purpose is to test your clutch control and control of the vehicle whilst moving backwards.

  • Don't go too fast, because the steering naturally turns when you are proceeding backwards, and that will cause you to loose control.
  • Make sure you use your mirrors to check behind you before you start, and keep looking in front of you whilst you carry out the manoeuvre.
  • You will need to control your speed. Steer a course reasonably close to the kerb. Remember that your vehicle will swing out as you turn the corner.
  • Avoid hitting or mounting the kerb, or steering too wide.
  • Remember to give way to other road users if they approach during your manoeuvre.
  • Whenever you are reversing a vehicle you must take good, effective, all-round observation and show consideration to other road users.

3. Failure to build appropriate utilization of steering

These are all bad habits that can be picked up in natural driving conditions, or from experienced drivers that drive wrongly.

Don't cross your hands on the wheel, let the wheel spin back after a turn or drive with any hands off the wheel for any longer than they have to be. You should hold the steering wheel at either the ten-to-two or quarter-to-three position; steer at the correct time and smoothly.

Changes to driving practical test from Oct 2010
Independent driving element in driving test will come in effect from Oct 2010
Independent driving is when the learner get out on the road He/She will be driving alone and they need to know how to drive safely

4. Problems with reverse parking

One of the hardest of the reverse manoeuvres, reverse parking is probably the most used on the road. As with all of the reversing manoeuvres, the purpose is to test your clutch control and control of the vehicle whilst moving backwards.

Don't go too fast, because the steering naturally turns when you are proceeding backwards, and that will cause you to loose control. Make sure you use your mirrors to check behind you before you start, and keep looking in front of you whilst you carry out the manoeuvre.

Whilst parking your vehicle you must take good, effective, all-round observation and show consideration to other road users. Control your vehicle smoothly making proper use of the clutch, accelerator, and brakes and steering.

Touching the kerb is not an instant fail, provided you are in control of the vehicle.

Remember, as you steer your vehicle into the parking space, the front of the car will swing out.

Remember to give way to other road users if they approach during your manoeuvre. Keep a special look out for cyclists and pedestrians who may pass close to the front of your vehicle.

5. Failure to build appropriate utilization of gears

Gears are very important to the control of the car in normal driving. Make sure you are in the right gear before you move away, as pulling out in third and stalling will cause you a lot of problems and stress.

Gears should never be used for braking unless you are in emergency situations, however, you should gear down on approach to junctions and traffic lights, not coast in and "block shift" back to first.

You are expected to

  • use the controls smoothly and correctly,
  • Balance the accelerator and clutch to move away smoothly.
  • Accelerate evenly
  • Avoid stalling the car
  • Choose the right gear and change in good time before a hazard
  • Brake gently and in good time
  • Know how and when to apply the hand brake

6. Failure to build useful utilization of mirrors

You should use your mirrors often, including exterior mirrors where necessary, and always be aware of what may be in your blind spots. Just looking is not enough. You must know what is happening all around you and act sensibly and safely on what you see. You must always check carefully before:

  • signalling;
  • changing direction;
  • changing speed.

Use the Mirror Signal Manoeuvre (MSM) routine. Do not signal or act without first using the mirrors. Rear observation for motorcyclists is a combination of mirror checks and looking to the rear (Lifesaver glance).

Roughly speaking, between 25 and 50% of your driving time should be glancing in mirrors. If you spend any more, you are not paying enough attention to the road.

7. Driving too slowly

Many learner drivers are concerned about their speed and hesitate to use the accelerator.

  • Driving too slow and building up a tail of traffic behind you can also fail you in the exam
  • Not noticing a de-restriction sign and continuing to drive at 30 despite other road users will be more serious.
  • You should make safe, reasonable progress along the road bearing in mind the road, traffic and weather conditions and the road signs and speed limits.
  • Make sure you can stop safely, well within the distance you can see to be clear.
  • Do not cross the speed limit.
  • Pay attention to the prevailing road conditions and the actions of others.

8. Failure to perform appropriately while turning right

  • Follow mirror signal mirror routine.
  • Look in a mirror then indicate and move to the right of the lane you are in (if you are testing in a larger vehicle, the more left you need to be). Wait for an appropriate gap in the oncoming traffic you know how long it takes for you to turn right, the aim is not to hold other people up.
  • While turning right, keep as near to the centre of the road as is safe.
  • If someone flashes you out, move as quickly as possible, or you may get a hesitancy point. Avoid cutting the corner when turning.


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9. Causing delay by not pulling out quickly at junctions

  • You must take effective observation before moving into a junction and make sure it is safe before proceeding.
  • In general you should be looking for a gap of 4-6 car lengths in the oncoming traffic, and move into that gap. If you don't pull out, and have people behind you, you may get this point. If you don't have people behind you, you may only get a hesitancy point.

10. Failure to move away perfectly from fixed spot

  • The examiner will ask you to move off safely and under control on the level, from behind a parked vehicle and if practicable on a hill.
  • Remember always to use your mirrors, and signal if necessary. Just before moving away, check that it is safe by looking round for traffic and pedestrians in your blind spots. Move off in a controlled way making balanced use of accelerator, clutch and brakes, and steer safely.
  • Make sure you are in the correct gear. Do not allow the vehicle to roll back.
  • Wheel-spinning, stalling or bouncing when moving away will show the examiner that you do not have sufficient control of the vehicle.

Driving instructor would judge your abilities and would guide you when you should appear for your full practical driving test.
 
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