Observation At Junctions:
Failing to correctly use the mirrors when approaching junctions is one of the most common
reasons to fail a driving test. When you approach a junction be sure to use your mirrors,
take note of the flow of traffic and slow to an appropriate speed. Also be sure to observe other
vehicles and the road around you while ensuring that you dont come to a stop over the white line.
This one trips up quite a few learner drivers, which is a shame since its such a silly reason to fail
a driving test. The key is quite simply good observation and good preparation. The manoeuvres
are an easy to practice and predictable part of the driving test; you should have them perfected
before you consider booking your test.
Its easy to forget when you should check your mirrors, but weve got a simple trick to help
you remember. If you are changing speed or direction or moving off in the vehicle, check your
mirrors. If youre unsure if you should be checking your mirrors, check them just in case.
Moving Away Safely:
Failing to use your mirrors before pulling away is one of those reasons for failing a driving
test that will really leave you kicking yourself. Its such a small thing, but it really is vital:
fail to look around you before you pull away and literally anything could happen.
Before you move away, CHECK YOUR MIRRORS AND YOUR BLIND SPOTS!!
Use Of Signals:
Forgetting to signal is another one of those how can I be so stupid?! mistakes. Repeating
the good old-fashioned mirror, signal, manoeuvres routine is an easy way to avoid failing a
driving test on this one.
Using the wrong lane on roundabouts or coasting over the white line at junctions can slip up
even the best-prepared learner. Have a refresher lesson just before your driving test and talk to
your instructor to make sure youre 100% confident when it comes to positioning.
Dont cross your hands while steering, dont allow the wheel to spin freely and dont drive
with your hands off the wheel for any longer than is necessary to change gear and you
should avoid failing a driving test on this particular fault.
Hard as it is to believe, some people fail their driving test for speeding with an examiner in
the car! Keep an eye on the speedo to ensure that youre not going too fast and be mindful of the
speed of the traffic around you to ensure that youre not going dangerously slow.