Failing to bring both parts of your driving licence to test

Turning up late for test

Unable to read a car licence plate at around 4 car lengths

Turning up on the wrong date

1 Acting improperly at road junctions
A common reason for a test fail is going over the give way or stop lines. Stopping over the line is considered to be dangerous. Approaching junctions too fast and lack of observations. Remember your MSPSL routine every time; watch out for other vehicles and pedestrians.

2 Manoeuvre - reversing around the corner.
This is one manoeuvre that most of my pupils hate, you need to prove to the examiner that you have control of your vehicle, you are accurate and take good all around observations frequently (every 3-4 seconds). It is important to keep at an appropriate speed (remember crawling on your hands and knees) preparing to give way and pause/stop for other vehicles if necessary. You must stay close to the kerb without touching it, try to stay a steering wheels distance from the kerb. Remember to keep checking over your right shoulder.

3 Failure to make proper use of steering.
Remember to feed the steering wheel through your hands. Don't cross your hands on the wheel or let the wheel spin back after a turn or drive with hands off the wheel for any longer than they have to be. Use the steering wheel gently and smoothly.

4 Manoeuvre - problems with parking
Again a tricky manoeuvre, proving to the examiner that you have good control, accuracy and observations. Keep the vehicle slow, use the reference points I've taught you, observe other vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and stop if they approach. Remember to check over your right shoulder every 3-4 seconds.

5 Failure to make proper use of gears.
Make sure you are in the correct gear for the speed you are travelling at. Remember to always move off in 1st gear. As a general rule change to 2nd at 15mph, 3rd at 25mph, 4th at 40mph and 5th At 50mph. Downhill - 5mph up hill +5 i.e. 2nd at 20/25mph.

6 Failure to make proper use of your mirrors
Under use of your mirrors is a common mistake. Remember to check your mirrors when changing speed, any direction, when signalling, turning into a new road, changing lanes or travelling down a straight road (every 7 seconds) if you see a hazard remember to use your mirrors and slow down.

7 Driving at incorrect speed
Driving too slowly is seen as a sign of the driver lacking confidence but it can also be dangerous and frustrating for other road user as it may cause them to make unsafe actions such as overtaking. Use of appropriate speed is very important. If the road your on is clear driver at the speed limit or appropriate speed and not unnecessarily slow. Keep a good look out for speed changes.

Equally driving too fast is extremely hazardous. Keep to the speed limit if you go over don't panic and slam on your brakes, ease off gas quickly and readjust your speed if you need to brake do so gently.

8 Acting incorrectly when turning right.
Remember to use your MSPSL routine correctly. Judging the correct amount of time too turn can be tricky, imagine yourself as a pedestrian and only proceed with your vehicle if you felt as a pedestrian you could walk safely from one side of the road to the other.

Make sure you don't cause any vehicles to slow down, swerve of stop whilst you are emerging. Make sure your vehicle is positioned just left of centre and follow all road markings allowing traffic to undertake you if the road is wide enough.

9 Hesitating unnecessarily at junctions.
Try not to take too much caution when emerging from a junction; imagine you are the pedestrian as above. Avoid approaching junctions too fast. Don't take risks! Remember right left right as a minimum observation and don't forget to peep and creep if you have parked cars obscuring your view.

10 Moving off incorrectly
When moving off remember your 6 point check routine, check rear view mirror again and signal if necessary just before moving off. If it's not safe don't move wait until it's safe.

11 Poor eyesight
Silly as it may sound but plenty of people fail before even getting in the car. Ensure your eyesight is good and you can read a car number plate around 4-5 car lengths distance away.

12 Incorrect documentation
You must bring with you on your theory and practical both parts of you driving licence (card and paper part). Other useful documents are theory certificate Nd your letter of test appointment.

13 Signalling incorrectly
Remember signalling is letting other road users know what we are planning to do. Signal correctly and time the signal well and in plenty of time without misleading other road users.


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