Common Faults Contributing to Test Failure

The following are the most common faults which give rise to candidates failing the driving test

  • Inadequate observation moving off, at junctions, at roundabouts and when changing lanes
  • Failure to anticipate the actions of other drivers
  • Incorrect road position on the straight, on bends, turning left, turning right, at roundabouts, and when overtaking
  • Inadequate progress at junctions, roundabouts, on the straight, and when overtaking
  • Incorrect, inadequate or inappropriate use of mirrors and signals
  • Non-compliance with traffic controls, e.g. road signs and markings and traffic lights
  • Incorrect inadequate or inappropriate use of vehicle controls, including gears, clutch, accelerator, steering, handbrake, footbrake, and secondary controls
  • Excessive speed for the road or traffic conditions
  • Failure to yield the right of way to others
  • Lack of competence in the reverse and turnabout manoeuvres

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