TOP TEN REASONS WHY PEOPLE FAIL THE PRACTICAL DRIVING TEST

OBSERVATION AT JUNCTIONS : Ineffective observation and judgement

REVERSE PARALLEL PARKING : Ineffective observation or lack of accuracy

USE OF MIRRORS : Not checking or not acting on what is seen

REVERSING AROUND A CORNER : Ineffective observation or lack of accuracy

INCORRECT USE OF SIGNALS : Not cancelling or giving misleading signals

MOVING AWAY SAFELY : Ineffective observation

INCORRECT POSITIONING : At roundabouts or bends

LACK OF STEERING CONTROL : Steering too early or too late

INCORRECT POSITIONING : to turn right at junctions and in one way streets

INAPPROPRIATE SPEED : Going too slow or being hesitant.

PRACTICAL DRIVING TEST PREPARATION

You should arrive 10 minutes before your practical driving test is due to start. This will give you time to relax and calm yourself before the practical test begins. Make sure you have your photo card and counterpart together and your theory test pass certificate.

If you wear glasses or contact lenses, make sure you take them with you. Failing to produce any of these items at the test will result in failure and you will not be eligible for a refund.

When it is time for your practical test, the examiner will enter the waiting room and introduce themselves. Your papers will be checked and you will be asked to sign a declaration to say the car you are driving is insured. You can ask for your instructor to sit in the back at this stage. It is also possible that a supervising examiner will sit in the back to examine the examiner. You will then be escorted out of the room and to the car park.

Licence

You can not drive a car on UK roads until your provisional licence has been accepted and is in your possession. You must be 17 years of age for the licence to be valid (16 years old if you receive the highest rate of mobility allowance). You can apply for the provisional licence up to two months before your 17th birthday.