I’m a driving teacher and here are SEVEN common reasons you fail your test

A TOP driving instructor has revealed the seven most common reasons why learners fail their test.

Ian Fido, head of training at RED Driving School, said delays due to Covid have pressured learners to take the test as soon as possible.

Failure is no fun for anyone - make sure you're prepared for your test


Failure is no fun for anyone – make sure you’re prepared for your testCredit: Getty – Contributor

But jumping in and failing will only dent your confidence.

Ian told The Sun: “With delays in signing up for a driving test, there is increasing pressure on learners to pass the first time.

“For those who were able to take their tests last year, the pass rate was just over half (50.5%) according to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).”

Ian revealed the most common mistakes he makes when students fail their driving test.

Take the test when you’re not ready

To really prepare for a driving test, you must know the entry and exit points of the road.

Nurturing it in the hope that you’ll make it through isn’t going to help you, especially if you haven’t fully grasped the basics.

Ian said: “One of the most common stories I hear from students after failing
driving test is that they know they’re not quite ready but think they’ll just ‘give it a go’.

“Often their driving confidence really comes through because of the experience.”

Be prepared

Always ask your instructor what to expect for the day.

Knowing what’s in store will put you at ease and relax ahead of what can be a rough day.

Ian gave us the list of things you must have for the day with you.

These include:

  • Your UK driving license
  • Certificate of passing your theory test
  • Face covering, unless you have a good reason not to wear it
  • A car – most people use their driving instructor’s car, but you can use your own car if it meets the rules

Other small things to keep in mind are going to the bathroom before the test starts, eating some healthy snacks and staying hydrated.

Take the practice test

Before doing the real thing, Ian recommends all driving learners take the practice test.

At school, most students will take a mock test before doing the real thing so why is the driving test different.

“This will help any learner to gain useful experience of the feel of the test and gauge their current ability to drive against the standard of the test,” he said.

The DVSA also recognizes the benefits and it requires learner drivers to take a mock test.

Mark the signs on your way

While studying for the theory test, the driver will learn all about the different traffic signs on the road.

That knowledge will then be reflected when you’re at the wheel.

Failure to do so could mean you’re a road hazard and it’s unlikely you’ll pass your test.

“Understanding road signs is an integral part of the theory test – now you have to put this into practice for the real test, reacting appropriately to all types of traffic signs,” says Ian. traffic and road.

“Common mistakes include going the wrong way.”

Observe your surroundings

An important part of driving is awareness of your surroundings and make sure you completely observe safely.

Examples of poor visibility would be if a learner approaches an intersection too quickly, does not take the appropriate time to observe their surroundings, or fails to yield to other motorists on the road.

“Highest on the annual list for driver test errors is poor observation at junctions,” says Ian.

“You will be fouled if you go out of the junction without completing ‘effective observation’ before doing so.”

Move safely

Before moving, you should check your surroundings to make sure that you are moving will not cause an accident.

“You have to be able to move around safely while making precise observations from several locations,” Ian said.

“These include the side of the road, on a slope or hill, or from behind a parked vehicle.

“Instances that are not considered safe travel may include failing to check blind spots or moving from behind a parked vehicle into the path of an oncoming vehicle.”

Check your mirror

Newbies who are learning to drive should make it a habit to check their mirrors regularly.

Many new drivers forget to check their mirrors, especially when making a turn.

This means they won’t be checking everything around them, making them a danger on the road.

Looking in the mirror helps spot people who might be blind at first glance, such as cyclists and motorcyclists.

“You’ll get the error if you forget to check the mirror before changing direction or if you check the mirror while changing direction,” says Ian.

“It’s important to remember to check the proper mirrors before turning, not during or after.”

In another development, a RED driving instructor advised Sun readers about how to pass their testincluding avoiding coffee prior to the assessment.

Plus, stay up to date with the latest information Highway code The changes will go into effect later this week.

And, learners can be at risk £200 fine and six penalty points for missing this on their car.

Ian Fido is the head of training at RED Driving School


Ian Fido is the head of training at RED Driving SchoolCredit: RED Driving School

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