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The most common reasons for failing your driving test

If you find that you fail your driving test for observations, your use of mirrors, signals or road positioning. The tips below explains what you can do to improve these.

1.      Observations – junctions

On approach to a junction you should have a plan of what you are going to do once getting there. You will need to look right and look left to see if there is anything coming before you can turn onto the new road. If the junction is a closed junction, and there are high walls or hedges blocking your view, it is important to edge out slowly and carefully. This will allow you to get a better view. Remember to take your time and not rush. 

Central mirror

2.      Use of mirrors

Checking mirrors when making a change to your driving, even if a slight change is paramount. For example when changing your speed you need to check your mirrors to see how this will affect others. If you are planning on slowing down you will need to check your mirrors to see how it will impact the driver behind you. If the driver behind is a bit too close, you would not brake harshly as there will be the possibility that they will go into the back of you. When overtaking a parked vehicle you will need to check your right mirror before moving out. As there may be a cyclist overtaking you at the same time. If you do not check this mirror you may be putting the cyclist in harm’s way.  

Car signalling left

3.      An incorrect use of signals

The correct use of signals is important so that other drivers know exactly what you plan to do.  For example, when leaving a roundabout you need to use your signal appropriately to show others that you are exiting the roundabout. When wanting to turn onto a side road you would signal either left or right, if you did not use your signal the driver behind may hit your vehicle. As you would need to slow down before turning. You would make sure to signal first before slowing down, this would signal to the driver to also slow down. 

4. Incorrect road positioning

This can take place on roundabouts, if you are taking the third exit at a roundabout you would typically be positioned in the right hand lane. If you are not in the correct lane and still continue to navigate the roundabout until the third exit, you may cause an accident, as you would be potentially cutting in front of another driver. If you do find yourself to be in the wrong lane, carry on around the roundabout and take the wrong exit, or go round again to take the correct exit. This will show the examiner that you have not only realised your mistake, but that you are able to drive in a safe manner.

If you feel that you would like to practice these key points, we have lots of available instructors here to help, and get you ready for your driving test!

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