Top 10 reasons for Failing the Driving Test

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The following are the top 10 reasons for failing your driving test given by the driving test standard agency for year 2014- 2015 

1-Junctions observation

When approaching or emerging onto  roads, make sure that you do so in a safe manner as you do not want to make any other vehicle slow down or change their direction because of your actions. This applies at all junctions including roundabouts.  If your view is limited into the road you are emerging onto due to parked cars then edge carefully forward until you can see clearly enough to join the main road in a safe manner. At stop signs apply the correct procedure on coming to a full stop and edging forward until your view is clear. If you are taking driving lessons at Leeds horsforth there are 2 stop signs to be aware of.  Once you have emerged onto the main road a quick glance in your mirror is a good idea to access the speed and distance of traffic on the road you have joined. Also watch out for pedestrians and cyclist on approach to junctions.


2-Use of mirrors to change direction

Looking in your mirrors are very important during driving, not to just see what is behind you but to act safely on what you actually see. Not checking your mirrors on changing when overtaking a parked vehicle can be a serious or a possible dangerous fault if any other vehicle maybe a motorbike is overtaking you at the same time, also not checking your nearside mirrors, when for example turning left at a traffic light in slow moving traffic where there is a cycle lane can be a serious fault as to not being aware of cyclist on your nearside of your vehicle. As we have more cyclists on the roads now since previous years there are many cycle lanes especially if you are taking driving lessons in Leeds.

3-Control /steering

Poor Steering as we are aware is a control fault so under or over steering could result to serious faults for example getting too close to parked cars or generally hitting the pavements is poor control.

As a driving instructor I have seen pupils getting too close to the edge of the road where you have narrow roads, for example if you are taking lessons in the Leeds horsforth test routes on country lanes, pupils can tend to steer away to the left when they see oncoming vehicles, but a better practice is for them to maintain their normal lane procedure and slow down. Usually there is enough space for both vehicles unless there are passing places, but these are rare on the test routes at Leeds. Also, steering too close to the edge of the carriageway can be potentially serious as some country lanes have potholes and this could damage your car or lead to losing control of your vehicle.


4-Junctions turning right

When turning right at junctions, make sure you position correctly left of centre line where the                            road is wide enough, so that if you are waiting for traffic to clear from both directions a vehicle            turning left from behind you can pass by you. Turning right at a t junction you have to give way from both directions so be aware of when joining your road you do not slow any traffic down.


5Response to signals traffic lights

You must plan well ahead on approach to traffic lights and follow the correct procedure, be aware also on signs that say prepare for the 2nd signal these imply that you will approach another traffic light very shortly. If you are taking driving lessons in Leeds on one of the the test routes of horsforth these lights are on the ring road and pupils have failed their  test where they have not possibly adhered to the correct procedure on the 2nd set of lights .

When approaching traffic lights it is good practice to ease of the accelerator and be prepared to slow down or stop. Do not go over the stop line and end up in the area marked for cyclist.



6- Move off safely   7- Move away under control

During your driving test you will be asked to move off and stop on several occasions. The examiners are assessing your ability to move away safely in controlled manner, into a flow of traffic without slowing traffic down or making them change direction. If you are taking lessons in Leeds, you will be asked to move off from the main road.

To move off safely you make sure that you assess your mirrors and check your blind spot before moving off and indicate at the correct time just before you set off .Moving off under control means that you move off in a controlled manner in  which you do not to stall the vehicle .If you stall the vehicle whist moving off do not panic ,apply the correct moving off procedure again  and do all the checks again as stalling the car does not automatically result in a serious fault on your test, it all depends on what impact you have placed on other vehicles so do not give up on your test and stay focused. Poor control moving off uphill where you roll back can also result in a failure.


8-Positioning during normal driving

When driving along the road, maintain a safe distance from the pavement and away from the drainage gutters, and also where possible do not hog the centre line as you can limit their space for other cars on the opposite side of the road. If you are following the road ahead at a roundabout from your left lane to go ahead, do not straight line the roundabout as this can result in a failure and can be marked down as incorrect normal driving procedure. At the test centre in Leeds horsforth if you are taking lessons in Leeds as you move off facing downhill towards the shell petrol station some pupils have failed their test for the above. Where possible do not move unnecessary in and out of parked vehicles.


9-Reverse park control

During the driving test you will be asked to carry out 1 manoeuvre from a possibility of 4

The examiner will choose either the reverse parking exercise; turn in road or the reverse around the corner exercise or bay parking. If you are taking driving lessons in Leeds there is no bay parking as the test starts and finishes from the main road and there is no bay parking areas or car park availability for the examiners.

Good coordination is required during reverse Parallel Park as to not mount the pavement and to stay in a controlled manner throughout the exercise with good observation of other road users. Poor control can lead to you getting too close to the vehicle you are parking alongside or overshooting the gap you are reversing into. On your test your examiner will pull you up before a parked vehicle and then ask you to reverse park within the distance of 2 car lengths. Be aware that if you are about to hit the pavement whist reversing ,you are allowed to correct it moving forward within the gap allowed ,make sure that you carry out all observation checks before you do this.


10- Response to signals {road markings}

As you set off for your driving test your examiner will ask you to follow the road ahead unless otherwise directed by road markings. This means that if you are following the road ahead and you come to the end of the road and there is a sign visibly asking you to turn left the examiner will not tell you to turn left as that is the only way you should be headed. You must adhere to road and traffic signs and signals from other road users and traffic controllers. You must obey with all the rules of the road including solid stop lines, give way lines, lane markings, Box junctions, bus and cycle lanes, traffic calming measure signs on priority and waiting and parking restrictions


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