Top 10 reasons for failing driving test
1. Acting improperly at road junctions.
A common test fail with junctions is limit lines. Coming to a stop over the line is of course dangerous. Approaching junctions too fast and lack of observation results in the number 1 test fail.
On approaching a junction, use your mirrors, slow down to an appropriate speed so that it gives you plenty of time to observe the road, other vehicles and pedestrians.
2. Manoeuvre - Reversing around a corner incorrectly.
Control, accuracy and observation is the key to this manoeuvre. Hitting the curb and lack of observation is a common test fail for this. During the manoeuvre, use an appropriate speed. Keep it slow, giving yourself enough time to judge your distances correctly, use your mirrors and correct observation.
3. Failure to make proper use of steering.
Remember to feed the steering wheel through your hands. 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.
4. Manoeuvre - problems with parking.
Reverse parking is arguably one of the hardest manoeuvres. It's purpose is to show the Examiner that you have good control of the car using clutch control, accuracy and observation. Keep slow, giving yourself plenty of time to manoeuvre the vehicle accurately and to observe other vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and stop if they approach.
5. Failure to make proper use of gears.
Make sure you are in the correct gear before pulling away. When slowing down or coming to a stop, use the brakes to slow down and not the gears. As a general rule, move into 2nd gear as soon as you move from stationary, 3rd gear at 20mph, 4th gear at 30mph, and 5th gear at 40mph.