5 Mistakes That Could Ruin Your Driving Test in 2023!

the UK driving test pass rate across the 
country is currently 50 and believe it or   not that's actually gone up that means a one 
in two of you are going to fail a driving test   first time I don't know about you but I do not 
like those odds now the dvsa shows that in 2022   the number one reason for failing your driving 
test was observations at Junctions what's really   interesting though is that this was exactly the 
same in 2021 and well not 2020 2019 and this goes   exactly the same all the way back down to 2008 
and if you look at the rest of the top reasons for   failing these haven't changed much either lucky 
for you after watching this video you are going   to know exactly what these reasons for failing 
are so you don't make those same mistakes as   well we're going to look at the top five reasons 
people actually fail their driving test and we're   going to look at how we can actually avoid making 
these same mistakes now as I mentioned before the   number one reason for failing your driving test in 
the UK is observations at Junctions if you've got   a serious or dangerous fault for this this means 
you've put someone else at risk essentially you've   pulled out on someone either on a roundabout a car 
roads a t-junction or on an edge or carriageway   best way to avoid this don't pull out on people 
sounds simple doesn't it but we know there's   more to it than that so let's have a look at some 
ways that we can avoid doing this on our driving   test basic rule is anytime you're approaching 
a roundabout always slow the car down as much   as you can get away with and usually it's going 
to be second gear and don't panic if you've gone   slightly too slow after all you're approaching a 
roundabout what's everyone expecting you to do so   I'll give you a very quick example of this you can 
see the roundabout coming up so check us actual   right mirror I'm planning to turn right I drop 
into second gear and I'm slowing right down to   15 miles an hour for this round about unlocking to 
the right I can see it's clear so I'm carrying up   the other crucial thing to remember about 
roundabouts Junctions is it's okay to let someone   go when you learn it sometimes people think oh my 
god I've missed a space and they're going to panic   mode this is normal if you've never been on a 
roundabout before you've driven across the country   you're going to need to let someone go to judge 
the speed so if you're not too sure if you can   go or not there's a car there just wait wait even 
if you miss a couple of gaps you're going to start   to get a better idea of when it is safe to go on 
top of this worst case scenario if you have missed   a few gaps you might get a driving fault which 
is nothing but if you do pull out and someone   and misjudge it you're going to support people 
at risk which means you've got an instant value   driving test so if in doubt always wait worst case 
scenario you're going to get a driving fault for   hesitation how many people have I had failed for 
hesitating on a roundabout none how many people   have I had failed for pulling out around about 
plenty there's your answer after all the driving   test is all about safety we don't want to run 
people over we don't want to cause any accidents   it's far better to delay people slightly delay 
yourself slightly than take any risks and the   final thing to think about is if you do pull out 
on someone or you think well that's a bit close   don't hang about get out the way get gone put your 
foot down if need be because if you get out the   way of that person you don't slow them down the 
exam is still highly likely to pass you on your   driving test if this is helping then don't forget 
to give that subscribe button A little nudge nudge   in the right direction another really common issue 
we see with observations at roundabouts is we're   very good with our observations looking left and 
right but we actually look too much and when the   car starts to move we're still looking left and 
right and then the car ends up going across onto   the wrong side of the road which again is high 
risk and that's going to cause a failing driving   test the second that car starts to move at the 
junction you need to be locking in the direction   you're planning to go because after all our 
hands will follow where our eyes are locking   if you want to give yourself the best possible 
chance of passing your driving test first time   or even second time or third time have a look at 
my online driving course in the description below   it costs less than one driving lesson a bit of a 
no-brainer if you ask me but it's that simple less   than the price of one driving lesson let's have 
a look at the next one the number two reason for   failing our driving test in the UK is not using 
our mirrors correctly well what does this even   mean put simply it's about locking in the mirrors 
when you actually need to not just randomly now   the problem with not checking your mirrors is yes 
it's generally only a minor in most situations   but if you're going on your driving test for 4 or 
40 cars well five times not checking your mirrors   and it's going to very quickly turn into a 
serious fault easy way to avoid the system   thing anytime my car moves to the right across the 
road I need to check my Central and right mirror   and anytime my car moves to the left 
across the road it's Central left mirror   that includes turning left into a road turning 
right into Road any time this occurs always two   mirrors that way you're never going to go wrong 
and that's what they'd call effective observations   now there are two times that if you don't check 
your mirrors you probably will get a serious Vault   on the first go and that is because it's a high 
risk situation I'm going to show you what they are   now the first one is when we're following the road 
ahead or turning right on a roundabout as we come   off that exit we have to check that left mirror 
and window just to make sure there's not a sneaky   car or sneaky bike trying to sneak in the second 
one is as we enter a slip Road and we're trying   to join onto a dual carriageway if we don't 
check in that right mirror and the blind spot   maybe a vehicle there which means you're going 
to fail your test the third biggest reason for   failing the UK driving test is not having proper 
control of the steering well this could really   mean anything couldn't it but if you do this it 
is going to be what it says on the 10 it's going   to be something related to steering which means 
chances are you've either hit the curb or you've   misjudged your steering and you've gone on to the 
wrong side of the road here's a few examples most   Junctions are called bowel mouth Junctions they 
call bowel mouth junctures because they're shaped   like the bell of a mouth or the mouth of a bell 
this means if you're turning left at the junction   the curb is actually going to curve slightly to 
the left meaning when you drive away it's going   to be a lot easier for you to get up to speed and 
stay on your side of the road it also means anyone   behind you that's planning to turn right can 
possibly turn right at the same time as you but   they can't do this if you don't position yourself 
nice and close to the curve on the left and if you   don't do this this means you're holding people up 
and chances are you're going to fail your driving   test the other big time that steering becomes an 
issue is again when we block traffic when we're   trying to turn right from a main road into a 
side road when we're turning right we should   be positioning nice and close to that Central 
White Line If instead we make a mistake and   either position ourselves in the middle of the 
road or actually on the left we're again going   to block the traffic behind us meaning they can't 
get to where they need to go and that's bad for   us sometimes there's just get the better of us 
especially when we're a driving test and we could   do so we'd never normally do such as the cup use 
a reference point in your car I like I'll explain   how we create a reference point so we're trying to 
figure out how to make a reference point to part   next to the curb and I hit the curve but also not 
be too far from the curb now I'll tell you how to   do this step by step so you can do it in your car 
at Home Step One we ask someone kindly to park our   car for us nice and close to the curb step two 
while we're in a normal seated position we look   at the point on the windscreen where our eyes are 
actually seeing the curve meet the windscreen now   in most people's cars you can use the window wiper 
the section the window wiper when that's touching   the curve normally that means you're parked in 
a nice nice cozy distance to the curb and my car   unfortunately you can't actually see it because 
the bonnet's in the way so instead what you do   is you just get a little bit of sticky tape in my 
car I've just stuck that L There To Remind people   that it's left but it's also the perfect point 
that meets the curb as well to show someone when   they're parked nice and close to the curb if 
that goes past the point and ends up sitting   on the curb then that means you're too close and 
chances are in my car you've hit the curb if it's   too too far then chances are you are miles from 
the curb so The Sweet Spot is sitting right on   the curb now you can do that in your car just 
by sticking a bit of tape on the window as well down the road as you can at the end of the curb 
and that way you'll guide yourself into the curb   nice and gently if you look at the curve directly 
in front of you what tends to happen is our hands   follow our eyes so we look at the curve and we 
end up driving straight into the curb instead   if you continue looking at the end of the road 
you'll slowly guide your way towards the curb   without actually ending up driving straight into 
it the other thing to remember with this is we   don't need to be kissing the curb we can be a 
drains width from the curb approximately half   a meter would be acceptable you'd still pass a 
driving test without an issue if you're that far   from the curb what you do want to do is Mount 
that curve if you mount that curve that is more   than likely the end of your driving test now the 
most common series ding dong now the most common   series steering fault is when we end up meeting 
traffic and the issue that we have is Imagine This   is a car and this is you we end up driving too 
close to the car and at the very last second we   pop out and go surprise this means anyone that is 
coming towards you at the same time has no chance   to react or move out the way slightly to give you 
space it also makes it look to the passenger like   you may very well drive into that parked car 
so instead what we do is we turn the banana   around and we follow the pattern of the banana we 
pull out from behind the parts car nice and early   giving ourselves a very clear view of what's 
ahead it also gives anyone oncoming towards   you a very clear view of you meaning they can 
move across closer to the curb and it shows the   passenger I am not going to drive into that car 
now if you've seen the banana before with the   meeting traffic situation you will know that I've 
taken that from Conker driving and what can I say   why try and fix something if it's it's not broken 
fourth biggest reason in the UK for failing your   driving test is incorrect positioning when turning 
right at Junctions now remember Junctions can be   roundabouts Crossroads pretty much anything where 
there's a new road for roundabouts the best way   to do this is follow the basic rules here's an 
example now of course if there are Road markings   with arrows always follow these if there's not 
Road markings then we follow the basic rules of   anything that is a right turn on a roundabout 
we position ourselves on the right if it's not   considered a right turn then we position ourselves 
on the left even if it's one lane we would still   position in that way because it's going to show 
everyone exactly where we are going what we are   doing and it's also going to mean that if the 
lane is wide enough for another car to leave   at the same time as you you are not hogging that 
space it's also really important to remember that   the driving test is all about safety not about 
directions so if you do position yourself in the   left and it's too late to get over to the right 
on the roundabout and you're supposed to turn   right then the safest option is to go either left 
or following the road ahead wherever your lane   is able to go because that is risk-free at that 
point all you've then got to say to the examiner   is I was in the wrong lane so I've had to choose 
to go the wrong lane can you redirect and you've   acknowledged this then and they're gonna have no 
problem and not give you any faults at all this   also applies to those Central Lanes which are 
called protected Lanes they're designed there   for you to get into so the traffic behind you can 
continue on but sometimes we don't get into them   properly and a car still blocks the rest of the 
lane the final heartbreaking fault that I see on   driving test far more than I'd like is the blind 
spot Jack and this is any time your car's in a   parked position be that after an emergency stop 
angled start hail start just pulling over on the   left pulling over on the right it doesn't matter 
if your car is in a parked position where there's   potential for someone to go around you we need 
to have a 360 degree degree look around the car   so we start off ideally on the slowest side and 
I'm talking the side where there's least likely   for danger to change quickly which in this case 
is the curve look over there Mirror Mirror mirror   mirror on the wall and a quick blind spot check 
over the shoulder there if it's still clear and   I'm going to get a Pronto move on then it's safe 
to go now you might be thinking right I'm on my   driving test I'm on this road where there's never 
anyone on this road I know there's no one around   me the examiner knows there's no one around me so 
what's the point in checking my blind spot and you   would be correct maybe you don't feel like in that 
situation there is any point but this is the only   opportunity that that examiner gets to see if you 
are actually understanding what you're supposed to   be doing while driving on the road and if you're 
not going to check it now why would the examiner   think you're going to check it when you go to 
Morrison's Aldi where the car park is rammed full   of people now you are going to be pulled over on 
your driving test anywhere between three and eight   times depending on if you are doing everything 
correctly or not so it's really important that   you don't forget to check your blind spots well 
you can see how important it is because it's the   fifth biggest reason for failing a driving test 
if you want to give yourself the best possible   chance of passing your driving test first time 
or even second time or third time have a look at   my online driving course in the description 
below it costs less than one driving lesson   and those are the five biggest reasons for people 
actually throwing their driving test in the UK if   you've learned anything from those don't forget to 
subscribe because I'm going to bring the next five   out in the next few weeks I am Josh a driving 
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