Why Most People Fail Their Driving Test According To DVLA

Last Updated: 01/01/2020

Taking your driving test is one of the most nerve-wracking things that you can do and with so many things that can go wrong, it’s not surprising that you can find yourself incredibly anxious when the big day comes.

In the lead-up to your driving test, you will spend months theorising and practicing every aspect of driving.

How to safely operate your car, how to maintain control of it and how to perform a whole host of manoeuvres will keep you up at night.

However, despite all of these obvious things that can go wrong or that you can make mistakes on due to nerves, one of the main reasons that drivers are failing their driving tests around the UK may surprise you.

According to the DVLA, it’s not a manoeuvre that is catching a lot of people out.

Instead, it’s something that most experienced drivers don’t even think twice about.

Indeed, over 40% of drivers in eight parts of the UK failed their driving test for failing to observe properly at a junction.

How infuriating it must be if you pass your test in all other areas but fail on something which should be so simple.

In 2017, the DVLA extended the time spent doing independent driving during a test.

This increased two-fold from 10 minutes to 20 and it appears as though this is leaving learner drivers with more room for error.

Or perhaps because they’re driving around independently for so long, they become lackadaisical about approaching junctions.

Failing to observe properly at a junction only needs to be done once and it will be an instant failure.

This is because it is classed as a major fault – it’s one strike and you’re out if you have a major on your test.

It’s classified as such because it’s deemed that by not paying full attention at the junction you have potential endangered yourself, another person or property.

It’s potentially a very dangerous thing to do, so no surprise that you’re going to fail if you fall foul of it.

So, in the build-up to your test, it’s important that you continue to practice all of those manoeuvres that cause you sleepless nights.

Parallel parking, reversing around corners or the three-point turn. There are so many that some new drivers find tricky.

In addition, though, make sure you’re always driving observantly and safely around junctions.

To keep your concentration levels high, it helps to try and have a good night sleep the evening before your test, plus make sure you do the simple things such as have breakfast and stick to your morning routine if it involves having a cup of coffee, for example.

These all help to keep your body alert and gives you the best chance of remaining focussed and maintaining concentration for the duration of your driving test.

Good luck and when the big day comes, don’t forget these basic principles otherwise you may become another statistic for the DVLA!

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