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Would You Pass Your Driving Test Now?

By: Kevin Dowling BA (IMC) - Updated: 7 Aug 2013 | comments*Discuss
Driving Test Pass Drivers Faults Fail

Most of the UK’s motorists would not feel particularly confident if they were asked to retake their driving test. In fact, according to a recent survey more of us would fail out second test than would pass, quite an alarming thought, given the number of drivers on UK roads.

Today’s Driving Test

To pass a modern-day driving test, the driver is not permitted to have any serious faults, and is only allowed a maximum of 15 minor faults.

In a test by Which Car, they took five experienced drivers and asked them to re-sit their driving test. Out of the five only two drivers actually passed the modern test. Of the two drivers who were successful, one gained 11 minor faults while the other totalled four.

The Theory Test

Another factor for motorists to consider is that large numbers of UK drivers sat their driving test before the theory portion of the test was introduced back in 1996.

Whilst they may have been asked a handful of questions relating to the Highway Code, the chances are that their theory knowledge is not up to scratch to meet the current examination criteria.

Common Learner Mistakes

As the Driving Standard Agency points out there are several common mistakes that learner drivers make, many of which will be sufficient for them to fail their driving test. These include a lack of accuracy when reverse parking, poor observational skills and hesitancy or lack of appropriate control of the vehicle.

Mistakes often Caused through Carelessness

With drivers who have already passed their test, however, the problems associated with their driving are somewhat different. They usually exhibit far more confidence on the road than learner drivers, although the often pick up bad habits accumulated over time, which makes them overconfident or even casual in their driving style.

The most common mistakes from the drivers who had already got their licence was not looking in their mirrors before completing manoeuvres or failing to check their blind spots sufficiently. A failure to make correct signals is also a frequently recurrent theme, as many frustrated road users can probably attest to!

Ways to Correct your Driving Failings

Thankfully it is not a legal requirement for most of us to retake our driving test, although there has been much debate in recent years as to whether this would be a good concept to introduce if it would help reduce the number of accidents on UK roads.

So what can be done to improve your driving skills? Well if you are worried about your lack of theory-based knowledge then you could do worse than pick up a copy of the latest version of the Highway Code.

Within it you will find all the information that you need, as well as an update on some of the new road signs and signals that may have been introduced into the Code since you passed your test.

You can also read up about some of the most recent laws passed from areas as diverse as mobile phone usage, seatbelts and even rules relating to towing vehicles.

If you think that your driving skills themselves need brushing up, then you can always take a refresher lesson from a qualified driving instructor. Just a single hour out on the road with a professional who can spot your flaws and give you advice on how to correct them may prove extremely useful and may even help you to prevent an accident in the future.

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When talking about safety, you don't mention the IAM. I found their course most valuable, and try to keep to their principles - all directed purely at safety.
Johnnie - 21-Jun-11 @ 8:10 PM
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