Driving tests are fairly easy to complete. What usually make them difficult is the pressure and stress of taking the tests in the first place.
Some of the most common driving test mistakes are actually easy to avoid. In this article, we’re going to take a look at the top reasons why people fail their driving tests and how you can avoid making the same mistakes. Let’s get started!
Use of Mirrors
Among the many mistakes people make when taking their practical driving test is not using their mirrors properly. When you pull out without checking your wing mirrors first, for instance, chances are you will get caught and may fail the practical driving test altogether, especially if another car manages to surprise you in the process.
You need to be able to quickly scan your mirrors and react to the things you see. The rear view mirror is a critical source of information whenever you want to speed up or slow down. Be sure to do a quick scan before doing any of those moves. Your wing mirrors, on the other hand, must be used whenever you want to change lanes or directions.
During the driving test, the examiner will try to surprise you. This is usually to test your quick response and your ability to react to a sudden change in driving condition correctly. When I took my driving test, the examiner hit the dashboard with his folder and said that there was a child on the road. Quickly hitting the brake while checking the mirrors to avoid getting rear-ended would be the correct response in this situation.
Of course, the situation you face may be different. This is where practice comes in handy. The more prepared you are for the test, the better you will react to the surprise test. Panicking will only make you fail the test.
Not Taking the Theory Test Seriously
Another common reason why people fail their driving test is not taking the theory test seriously. The driving theory test can be very boring; it may not be something you want to prepare for seriously. Unfortunately, it is the first step towards qualifying for a full driving license. In order to take the practical test, you need to have your theory test pass certificate with you.
Fortunately, there is plenty of help and resources available. You can prepare for the theory test better by taking mock tests online. Check this site out to practice taking the theory test while learning more about the DVLA Highway Code. You can also find out more about how to pass your driving test on the site.
Taking the Test Unprepared
Successfully completing the driving test is 80% about preparation. When you’re ready for the test, both physically and mentally, you will have no trouble at all getting it done and qualifying for a driving license. Some of the things you can do to avoid arriving at the driving test unprepared:
- Time the test correctly. Only take the test when you’re ready and absolutely calm.
- Don’t feel pressured. Arrive early and let yourself get used to the test environment.
- Know the test route. You can find information on the usual routes examiners are supposed to take and do some practice runs before the actual test day.
- Know the car inside out. If you’re taking the test on a test car, take a few minutes to understand the layout of the dashboard.
Simple, isn’t it? Follow the tips we discussed in this article and avoid making the same mistakes on your own driving test.
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