10 reasons learner drivers are failing their tests

The trainees are now back in the driver’s seat and prepare for their tests.

The coronavirus pandemic has slowed testing – non-emergency testing has not been allowed in the UK since early January – but they will resume on Thursday April 22nd.

Knowing that many learners may feel a little rusty, the DVSA has reached out to all UK-based driving instructors to tell them about the most common reasons people have previously failed their driving tests.

Hopefully the instructors will focus on these areas during the classroom and refresher sessions, which will result in more people passing the first time without having to rebook their tests at a later date.

The 10 most common reasons are:

  • Do not make effective observations at intersections
  • Do not use the mirrors properly when changing direction
  • Not having proper control of the steering
  • Incorrect positioning when turning right at intersections
  • Do not drive off safely
  • Does not respond appropriately to traffic lights
  • Poor positioning on the road during normal driving
  • Does not respond properly to traffic signs
  • No control over the vehicle when pulling away
  • Control of the vehicle is not retained during reverse parking

Peter Brabin, Head of Training at www.billplant.co.uk, said: “It is really interesting that this data is being broken down by the DVSA to highlight exactly what UK learner drivers are most likely to struggle with in their driving tests.

“What is somewhat surprising is that many of the most common test failures are some of the very first things you’re taught when you get behind the wheel. However, this clearly shows the importance of maintaining a regular teaching pattern to improve the fundamentals, and that nerves can play a huge role in the testing experience, causing silly bugs you wouldn’t expect. “

He continued, “While we obviously want so many learner drivers to pass their driving test and enjoy the freedom on the road that many of us can enjoy, that only goes to show why it is imperative that learner drivers be properly tested on their test.

“None of us want unsafe, unsafe and unsafe drivers on the road who cause more accidents and problems and who rebook more driving tests.”

Peter added, “It is never a nice feeling to find out that you failed your driving test, but when you consider that the average pass rate was 45.9 percent between April 2019 and March 2020, that should be some confidence too admit that people don’t just to make it through, to clear the residue, and that people are expected to be both calm and confident behind the wheel.

“Safety must be the top priority – it always has been and always will be.”


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