How to not fail your driving test


How to not fail your driving test 

Passing your driving test is one of the moments in life you will remember forever, for me at least it’s up there with my wedding day and the birth of my 2 monstrous children and the 1st time I tasted a Cadburys cream egg (they’ll soon be on the shelves).

It is also a very scary time with lots of nerves and anxiety, a lot rests on that 40 minutes. We have compiled a list of the most common reasons people have failed their test so you know what you need to work on before the big day:-

  1. Steering control

One of the most common mistakes made is steering to early or too late causing the learner to hit the kerb or to take a sharp corner to wide. Get your steering practice in. A common myth is that you will fail your test if you cross your arms when steering, whilst this is not completely accurate, crossing your arms can make you less in control of the car so use the push pull technique, this is best practice.

  1. Inappropriate speed

As a learner or a qualified driver, observing the speed limit is and I feel it goes without saying necessary. The speed limits are set for yours, other road users and pedestrians safety. Inappropriate speed also means driving too slowly for the road conditions, this can be equally as dangerous as driving too fast.

  1. Incorrect positioning

Positioning yourself on the road correctly is also very important, for example when turning right at a junction, think about where in the road you need to sit whilst waiting for the opportunity to turn. Another big reason for failing a test is driving on the wrong side of the road in a one way street when you know you will be turning right at the end of the road. Click here for information on positioning from the highway code

  1. Moving away safely

BLIND SPOT CHECK, those 3 words are SO important, please, please, please and not just to pass your driving test but for life CHECK your BLIND SPOT!!!

  1. Observations (lack of)

Before you get to the end of the road, you need to already be planning what you’ll do next.  If it is an open junction (a junction at which, as you approach the give way lines, your view is not obscured by objects such as high walls or hedges), try to see what is coming from BOTH directions.  Make sure you look RIGHT, LEFT, and RIGHT again, before driving out!  It can be tempting if it looks clear, to just look right then drive out.  DO NOT do this.  It is easy to miss something on your left, such as a parked van, or possibly another car cutting the corner turning into the junction as you emerge.  If your instructor doesn’t let you do it on driving lessons, don’t do it on your driving test!

  1. Use of mirrors

You will probably have this mantra running through your head for hours after your lessons as it is SO important. So many of us move our head in the direction of the mirrors as advised but how often do you actually really look to check it is safe. The mirrors are there for yours and others safety, please use them.

  1. Incorrect use of signals

A big example of this, and I have been guilty of this, is leaving your signal on. Its not only frustrating for the driver behind having to wonder if you are in fact signalling to turn or whether you have just forgotten to knock it off it can also be dangerous.


I really hope this information has been helpful to you and if you have a test coming up soon, good luck to you

Happy and safe driving

Michelle Partington

Customer Support Manager

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