Most common reasons for failing the driving test


The pass rate for all driving tests is just 47% - with first-time pass rates even lower.There's a whole multitude of reasons why candidates fail their driving test; sometimes it's nerves, sometimes it's a lack of preparation.

There are lots of reasons why the practical driving test is failed, and (in order) these are the 10 most common: 

  1. Observation at junctions – ineffective observation and judgement.
  2. Reverse parking – ineffective observation or lack of accuracy.
  3. Use of mirrors - not checking or not acting on the information.
  4. Moving away - poor observation or control when moving away.
  5. Use of signals - not given, not cancelled or misleading signals.
  6. Incorrect positioning – at roundabouts, lanes and bends.
  7. Reversing around a corner - ineffective observation or lack of accuracy.
  8. Lack of steering control - steering too early or leaving it too late.
  9. Turn round in road - ineffective observation or lack of accuracy.
  10. Inappropriate speed - travelling too slowly.

To make sure you don't fall foul of any of these things, make sure you check out our pages on preparing for the driving test and dealing with driving test nerves. With the right preparation you can ace your driving test - just have faith!