Reaons why people fail their driving tests

The DSA have published a list of the top ten reasons why pupils fail there driving tests. We have added a little more detail to help you understand why pupils fail

OBSERVATIONS AT JUNCTIONS (ineffective observation & judgement)

Meaning: pulling out at junctions and causing other vehicles to slow down or change course.

Learn with Bradley’s driving school and we will teach you proven methods to avoid causing other vehicles to slow down or change course.

REVERSE PARKING (ineffective observation or lack of accuracy)

Meaning: not looking round through out the manoeuvre and not reacting on what is seen. Finishing too wide from the kerb or too close or mounting the kerb.
Learn with Bradley’s driving school and we will teach you when to look and when and when not to stop. We will teach you how to park exactly a tyres width away from the kerb. Many of our pupils say this manoeuvre is easy.

USE OF MIRRORS (not checking or not acting on the information)

Meaning: Not looking in mirrors before changing speed, direction or Signalling or not acting on what is seen

Learn with the experts and we will teach to use mirrors effectively and how to react when following traffic are too close or overtaking.

REVERSING ROUND A CORNER (ineffective observation or lack of accuracy)

Meaning: not looking round through out the manoeuvre or not acting on what is seen, swinging out too wide, or mounting the pavement

We will teach you how to reverse round a corner accurately while taking effective observation. We will teach you when to stop and when to carry on with the manoeuvre.

INCORRECT USE OF SIGNALS (not cancelling or giving misleading signals)

Meaning: Leaving signals on when stopping then moving off again, changing lanes or leaving roundabouts. Signalling too early or not signalling at all.

Bradley’s driving school will teach you when to signal, when not to signal. To signal at the right time and when to make sure signals are cancelled.

MOVING AWAY SAFELY (ineffective observation)

Meaning: not looking over your right shoulder, pulling out and causing following vehicles to slow down, moving off on an angle and causing oncoming traffic to slow down or change course

We will teach you to move off safely uphill, downhill, and on angle, when to signal and when not to signal.

INCORRECT POSITIONING ON THE ROAD (at roundabouts or on bends)

Meaning: Straddling lanes on roundabouts, approaching in the wrong lane or leaving in the wrong lane. Bends, normally positioning too close to the centre of the road.

Come and learn with Bradley’s driving school and we will teach you to approach in the correct lane at all times, we will tell you when to use the left lane for turning right, right lane for following the road ahead, what to do if you are in the wrong lane, we will teach you leave in the correct lane when leaving roundabouts

Not only do we tell you where to position the car safely on bends to the left  and right, but will also explain why pupils positioning wrongly on approach to bends.
We have loads of secrets to share with learner drivers.

LACK OF STEERING CONTROL (steering too early or leaving it too late)

Meaning: steering too early or too late round left and right hand turns, also steering late round parked vehicles.

Come and learn with us and we tell you how to avoid all these pitfalls. We will explain why pupils commit these faults and offer constructive advice on how to put these faults right.

INCORRECT POSITIONING TO TURN RIGHT (at junctions & in one way streets)

Meaning: not positioning the car too just left of the centre of the road, or not positioning correctly when there is a right hand filter lane surrounding by hatched markings. Positioning the car in the wrong lane in one way streets

We will explain the reason why pupils do not position the car properly when turning right or in one way streets

INAPPROPRIATE SPEED (travelling too slowly or being hesitant)

Meaning: taking too long to build your speed up or driving too slowly on roads with higher speed limits. Not pulling out at roundabouts and junctions when it is blatantly obvious you can go.

Pupils who learn with Bradley’s are taught how to judge the speed limits on all roads and what speeds they need to reach to avoid picking up minor or serious faults We have proven methods to teach you how to avoid been hesitant at roundabouts and junctions

We hope this page offers more of an insight into why pupils fail their driving tests. If you have any queries about learning to drive or just want some free friendly advice then call us free on 08003287099 or use the contact form

Congratulations to Lee Robson of South Hetton who took driving lessons in Durham and passed 1st time with only 2 minor faults. Another satisfied driving examiner who thanked Lee and his driving instructor for such a lovely drive.