No Driving Lessons – Can He Pass The Driving Test?

"Turn right, turn right." Hello, I'm Chris. 
Paul wants to do a mock driving test,   and I've never met him before. So let's find 
out a bit more about his driving experience. Um,   so I've been driving for years in Nigeria. I 
drove a bit when I got here as well with my   international driver's license, but it expired. 
But I was, again, I was driving in Hull. Hull is   not quite as big as, um, London and not as busy 
as well, so you can get away with a few things,   you know. And when is your test? It's on the 30th 
of October. Um, so I have about a month and a few   days to go. So I've been driving privately with 
my cousin, um, just been doing private lessons in   and around our area.

No professional lessons. So 
I'm sure there are things I do wrong that he might   not even know that I'm doing wrong as well because 
he's had his for a while now. So yeah. And do you   feel like you could pass the driving test? Well, 
um, you're never 100% sure with these things. Um,   so I say 70%, okay, in and around. Yeah, but 
again, well, this will show me how far I am or   how bad I am in any case. Yeah. You're allowed 
up to 15 driving faults during the test, often   called minor faults. These aren't potentially 
dangerous, but if you keep making the same   fault throughout your test, then it could become 
a serious fault.

Get a serious or dangerous fault,   and it's a driving test fail. A serious fault is 
something that could potentially be dangerous,   and a dangerous fault involves actual danger to 
either yourself, the examiner, another person, or   property. Have a look at our free online driving 
modules on our website for tips on how to deal   with junctions, roundabouts, and the different 
driving test manoeuvres. Don't forget, it's   completely free.

There's a link in the description 
below. Let's catch up with Paul as he's about to   start his mock driving test. So we're going to 
start from here, okay? I'd like you to follow a   series of directions given by the sat-nav. Before 
we start, though, I'm going to ask you a 'tell me'   question. Tell me, how would you check the tyre 
tread depth, and what's the legal minimum you   should have? Okay, so you would, um, you have to 
ensure that the tyre tread depth is, um, 1.6 mm,   and that there are no cuts or there are no, um, 
bulges on the tyres. And what would you check   the tyre tread depth with? Um, I think you could 
put your finger in it to see. I think there's a   tape or something. I'm not quite sure. So you 
measure it with your finger, yeah, to see how   deep it goes.

Drive on when you're ready. I'll let 
you know when independent driving has finished.   You check the tyre tread depth with a tyre tread 
depth gauge. Paul didn't answer this correctly,   which is a driving fault. Now, Paul hasn't driven 
this car before, so it's only fair that I helped   and told him how to start it. Not quite sure if 
the car has started yet. Okay, so to start the   car, you have to press down the clutch as well and 
then press the start button. Okay, Paul hasn't had   any driving lessons with an instructor before, so 
I'm really interested to see how he gets on today,   and I hope he does well, as he's got his real 
driving test coming up soon.

He's checked all   around but hasn't prepared the car to go yet, 
which means he'll have to observe all around   again for the most up-to-date information, which 
he did. After 80 yards, turn left. Good checks   of the mirrors before the signal. The signal was a 
tiny bit early, but it didn't confuse anyone. Turn   left. You should always double-check to the right 
in case you've missed someone. Double-checking   a bit earlier would have been safer, and having 
quicker glances rather than big stares would also   help keep you up to date with your surroundings. 
Not quite worth a driving fault this time,   but bear in mind that the number one reason why 
people fail their driving test is not observing   properly at junctions. At the end of the road turn 
left, and it's also a big cause of accidents.

Turn   left. Positioned well but wasn't quite ready to 
go at this clear junction. Although he didn't   take the first safe opportunity, there's no one 
behind, so it's not worth a fault this time. But   if he keeps stopping unnecessarily, then he will 
get driving faults, and he could end up failing   for this. Always plan to stop but be prepared to 
go, as it might be safe to go without stopping.   After 200 yards, turn right, then turn left. The 
sat-nav doesn't know there's a mini-roundabout   ahead but does tell Paul to turn right.

Before 
moving back to the left after parked vehicles,   you should check the interior and left mirror. 
This is a driving fault, as there could be a   cyclist on your left. Turn right, then turn left. 
Okay, you've gone off-route. Don't worry; I'll   direct you. You can ignore the sat-nav just for a 
moment. Paul approached that roundabout too fast;   it seemed like it surprised him. He approached at 
around 20 mph without having the foot brake ready.   If there was someone there on the right, then he 
wouldn't have been able to stop in time. This is   a serious fault. You're not allowed any serious 
faults, so unfortunately this is a driving test   fail. Look out for the mini-roundabout sign 
and markings. Paul's gone off the test route,   which wouldn't be a fault on the driving test 
as long as you're driving safely and legally.   The examiner will just direct you back on route. 
After 300 yards, turn left.

Good mirror checks.   Turn left. Paul does the right thing and safely 
gives way to the pedestrian. After 200 yards,   turn left, then turn right. Good signal timing. 
Paul signalled too early. At the end of the   road turn left. This is a driving fault as other 
drivers might think he's parking or turning into   a drive. Good mirror checks before moving out. 
Now he signalled at the right time. Turn left,   then turn right. Good observations, and he's ready 
to take the first safe opportunity. We're heading   back to the same mini-roundabout. Hopefully, this 
time he's going to turn right. Before moving back   to the left after the parked vehicles, Paul 
should have checked the interior mirror as   well as the left mirror for any cyclists. 
Turn right, then turn left. Paul turned   right but went in an anticlockwise direction 
round the roundabout. You should drive round   roundabouts in a clockwise direction. This is a 
serious fault. Turn left. Paul forgot to check   the mirrors before signalling. You might need to 
drive over mini-roundabouts a little if there's   an obstruction in the way, but this time there 
wasn't.

I think I went through the roundabout   as against going round the roundabout. Paul's 
got a good road position ready for any oncoming   traffic that might come over his side. After 200 
yards, turn right. Good mirror checks. Turn right.   He positions well and doesn't cut the turn. On a 
road like this, plan ahead and look out for any   spaces that you could use. After 200 yards, go 
left on the roundabout and take the first exit.   I'm pleased that Paul remembered to check the 
mirrors before moving back to the left. Check the   mirrors before moving back out again for anyone 
overtaking. Go left on the roundabout and take   the first exit. He's approaching this roundabout a 
lot better than the previous one and takes a good,   safe opportunity.

After 100 yards, go right on the 
roundabout and take the third exit. Go right on   the roundabout and take the third exit. Paul's 
turning right at the roundabout, third exit,   and should be indicating on the approach to let 
other road users know where he's going. He hasn't.   This is a serious fault. Before you signal, check 
the mirrors first to make sure it's safe. Good   mirror check before slowing down. Paul tries to 
change up to second gear but ends up in fourth. He   realises and tries again. Fourth gear again. Now 
he's got it. Then there was a time I was trying,   struggling with the gears. I thought I was in 
two, but I was on four, so I kept on trying to   put it there. Got to remember that Paul hasn't had 
any driving lessons with an instructor or driven   this car before. Turn left. Good mirror checks 
and signal timing. Driving can be unpredictable,   but keep planning ahead and be ready for anything. 
Paul's leaning over, trying to get the best view.   Good slow approach to give the other driver a 
chance to move over so that Paul can proceed.

Pull   up on the left in a safe place, please. You can 
ignore the driveways for now. Good mirror checks.   You'll be asked to pull up on the left about five 
times. If the examiner doesn't tell you to ignore   the driveways, then make sure that you don't 
block them. Drive on when you're ready. Good   parking. Paul checked the blind spot too early 
before he was ready to go. Check the blind spot   just before you move off for the most up-to-date 
information; otherwise, things may have changed   around you. This is one of the steepest hills 
in the area. Let's see how he deals with it. A   slight delay moving off but otherwise a good hill 
start.

Paul got so close to a parked vehicle that   the collision detection system started beeping. 
Cross the roundabout and take the second exit.   This is a serious fault. He now needs to follow 
the road ahead at the roundabout, second exit.   Paul will need to keep in the left-hand lane. 
Unfortunately, he moved over to the right which   could affect someone turning right next to 
him. This is a serious fault. When it's safe,   can you show me how you demist the rear window, 
please? Okay, should have learned that before   I started. Not quite sure where it is in this 
car. The rear window, okay, rear window. After   300 yards, turn right back off. Now, Paul had to 
show how to demist the rear window but pressed   the button for demisting the front windscreen. 
Sorry, I'm not quite sure where it is in the   car.

Should have actually learned this. It would 
have been a driving fault, but he didn't answer   the tell me question correctly at the start, so 
he can't get any more driving faults for this.   Turn right. [ __ ] Sorry, missed the turn. You've 
gone off route. I'll just direct you for a moment. Although Paul missed the turn, I'm pleased 
he didn't turn at the last moment and   do something potentially dangerous. 
The next road on the right, please. Okay, don't worry; it's all right. Carry on. 
Turn right at the traffic lights, please. Okay,   sorry. Don't worry. Don't forget that if you miss 
your turn, then the examiner will help and direct   you. Turn left. I've told Paul to ignore the 
satnav and to turn right at these traffic lights,   which he did safely. If you do make any 
mistakes, try to regain your focus. Paul   forgot to check the mirrors before moving 
out around the parked vehicles. You can   follow the satnav again now, please.

The 
turn the satnav was telling me to take;   I felt it was too close for me to take it. So, 
that's why I think I missed it. Turn right. It seems that Paul doesn't look at a satnav very 
much. It's a good idea to occasionally glance at   the screen. At the top of it, you'll see where 
you're going next and how far away it is. You   can ignore the satnav for a moment; the satnav is 
confused, so I'll have to direct him.

Don't worry;   the squirrel made it across the road. Pull up on 
the left in a safe place, please. After 200 yards,   turn right, then turn around when possible. The 
reverse parking exercise. I'd like you to drive   alongside that car in front, then reverse back 
in within the space of two car lengths, please,   so you end up reasonably close to the kerb 
and parallel with it. Okay, the black car,   right? Yeah, okay. When you're ready. If there's 
a vehicle approaching from behind like there was,   then just like Paul's doing, don't start the 
manoeuvre. Otherwise, you get in their way,   and they might stop right behind you, 
and you won't be able to reverse.

Paul's never driven this car before, so I had to 
tell him how to select reverse. To select reverse,   you have to lift up a metal collar. Okay. 
Oh, okay, that's it. Good all-round checks   before reversing. You have to do the same again 
before steering into the space. Before steering,   you must check the blind spot over your right 
shoulder, mirrors, and the rear window to make   sure it's safe, as the front of the car will swing 
out when you turn. Paul didn't do these checks,   which is a serious fault on observations. I'm 
pleased Paul spotted the car behind and waited.   Good all-around observations.

It's a shame he 
didn't do this before steering into the space as   well. Now, he has to park the car within the space 
of two car lengths. Paul should have stopped here.   He's actually parked okay, but he just didn't 
stop reversing. I had to tell him to stop and   explain that he has to do it within the space 
of two car lengths. Drive on when you're ready. Paul's now back to following the satnav. Be 
careful when driving around right-hand bends not   to turn too early and cut the corner. You can see 
here how Paul is driving into this central area,   which could be dangerous if there's oncoming 
drivers doing the same thing. Paul got a serious   fault for his driving position earlier on, so 
no more faults are recorded in this category.   After 300 yards, cross the roundabout and take 
the second exit, then take the third right.

The satnav has told Paul to cross the 
roundabout and take the second exit. At   the top of the screen, it shows a little picture 
of a roundabout with an arrow pointing ahead.   Cross the roundabout and take the second 
exit, then take the third right. But when   you get closer to the roundabout, you can see 
that the exit is to the right, and he should   signal right on your approach to tell other 
road users that he's turning right.

Earlier,   he received a serious fault for not signalling 
when necessary, so no more faults are recorded   in this section. But it just shows how the satnav 
doesn't give the full information, and it's well   worth checking the layout of the roundabout. 
But don't signal if it would be confusing or   unnecessary. After 90 yards, turn right. Turn 
right. Should have turned right there. Okay,   you've gone off-route. Yeah.

That's the end of 
independent driving. I'll direct you from here. Paul missed another turn, but I'm really 
pleased he didn't turn at the last second   and do something dangerous. Although he definitely 
needs a bit more practice with the satnav. Don't   forget you won't fail your test for missing 
a turn as long as you drive in safely and   legally. I'm sure Paul is quite happy now that the 
independent driving has finished. No more satnav,   and I'm going to direct him from here.

This cycle 
lane has a broken line, so Paul can drive in it if   it's safe and necessary. But before driving 
into the cycle lane, check the interior and   left-hand mirror for any cyclists. Paul did 
the right thing to drive into the cycle lane   to avoid the oncoming traffic but should have 
checked the mirrors first. At the roundabout,   follow the road ahead please, second exit.

You 
should check the interior mirror before slowing   down to ensure you're aware of the traffic 
behind you and can adjust your speed safely. The bus is sticking out slightly, so I'm 
pleased he didn't keep to the left. But   he should have checked the mirrors before 
signalling. Paul's driving at a good speed   and keeping a safe distance from the car 
in front. At the roundabout, turn left,   first exit, please. Paul checked the mirrors 
and signalled, but there's another road here   that he doesn't want, which makes the signal a 
bit confusing. He should have signalled after   passing the road. He takes a good opportunity and 
keeps left. Paul has to take the next road on the   right. He checks the mirrors and signals in good 
time. He also positioned well in the centre for   turning right. Good mirror checks. Don't forget 
Paul hasn't had any driving lessons in this   country before but does have an actual driving 
test coming up very soon. Again, good checks of   the mirrors. He just needs to make this a habit. 
Pull up on the left in a safe place, please.

The   examiner will ask you to pull up on the left 
a few times to see how safely you pull up and   move off again. Good parking. Drive on when you're 
ready. Good blind spot check and moved off safely. Paul has to take the next road on the left. 
As always, keep planning ahead and try and   anticipate what could happen next. Paul did the 
right thing in slowing down and being ready to   stop. He made sure it's safe and continued. At the 
end of the road, turn left and then turn right,   please. So left, then right. Good mirror checks. 
Paul does the right thing, stopping for the   pedestrians but moves off before the pedestrians 
have completely crossed the zebra crossing. This   is a serious fault. Pedestrian behaviour can 
be unpredictable. They might suddenly stop   or change direction.

I think I waited, but I 
did not wait until they finished crossing. So,   yeah, they were on the other side of the road, 
but yeah, I feel I knew that. I think I knew   that as well. Yeah, I was like, "Oh, why have I 
gone?" Pedestrians have priority at junctions,   but you mustn't wave them across as you might wave 
them into danger. If you wave at pedestrians to   cross the road on the driving test, then you would 
fail the whole test as this is a serious fault.

Pull up on the left in a safe place, please. 
You can ignore the driveways for now. Okay,   that's the end of the test. You can switch off 
now. So, how do you feel you done then? Do you   think you passed or failed? I think I failed. 
I don't know. I just, at the back of my mind, I   don't want to say pass, I think it's safe to say. 
Paul wasn't successful today, but we had a chat   about what happened so he can learn from it. And 
he really did learn from it because the good news   is that Paul went on to pass his real driving test 
with just one driving fault. Congratulations Paul,   and thanks a lot for taking part in this mock 
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