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The Main Cause of a Driving Test Failure


When you start learning to drive, it’s hard not to think of your test. Everyone wants to pass first time, ditch their L-plates, and get out onto the open road. However, there are some areas of the test that people often trip up on. Luckily, as the leading provider of driving lessons Colchester has to offer, we are here to help. Here, we’ll go through some of those common pitfalls, and what you can do to give yourself the best chance of passing your driving test, whether it’s the first time around or you’re giving it another attempt!

Minor and Major Driving Test Faults

People of all ages and walks of life take their driving tests every year, and those that fail their tests do so for a wide range of reasons. From 2019 to 2020, the top ten reasons for failing a driving test were as follows:

1.      Junctions (observation)

2.      Mirrors – (change direction)

3.      Control (steering)

4.      Move off (safely)

5.      Junctions (turning right)

6.      Move off (control)

7.      Response to signals (traffic lights)

8.      Positioning (normal driving)

9.      Reverse park (control)

10.   Response to signals (traffic signs)

As you can see, the most commonly-seen reasons for failing a driving test are really varied and cover a lot of areas. See anything that you struggle with there? Now you know that you’re definitely not alone!

Identifying The Main Causes Of Failure During a Practical Driving Test

So, how can you give yourself the best chance of passing your test? Well, if you learn with our driving school, then you will have the same instructor every week. As they get to know you, they will be able to spot the areas where you need a little more help. Being able to identify these recurring issues will mean that you get to focus on your problem areas with plenty of time to spare before your test. You will also be learning in the same car, allowing you to become really comfortable and familiar with the controls.

Mentally Preparing For Your Test

You may be excelling in all areas of your driving and have the knowledge and skills that you need to pass your test, but your confidence is the one thing that keeps letting you down. It’s natural to be nervous before a driving test – you probably wouldn’t be human if you weren’t! However, nerves can play havoc with your performance, so it’s really important to eliminate some of those anxieties. Your driving instructor will run through mock tests with you, so you know what to expect on the day.

Passing First Time

It’s really important to remember that passing your test first time isn’t everything! If you do fail first time, your driving instructor will discuss what happened with you, and then they will work on those errors you made to have you ready to re-take your test. We do have a great first-time pass rate here at Nayland Driving School, but that never comes from putting pressure on our learner drivers! We’re here to give you all the support and guidance you need.

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If you want to find out more about our driving lessons, then please get in touch with us today. By learning with one of the best driving schools Colchester has to offer, you’ll be sure to pass your test before too long.


What can cause you to fail your driving test?

There are many reasons why someone could fail their driving test, from incorrectly performing a manoeuvre to failing to check their mirrors. There are a number of common areas where people so come unstuck during a test, and your driving instructor will be sure to focus on those with you the closer you get to your practical test.

Nerves can also play a big part too, which is why you’ll have the option to try plenty of mock tests and have extra training time before the big day. These will help to prepare you for the conditions you’ll face during your test, so there will be much less fear of the unknown.

We have over a decade’s worth of experience when it comes to teaching people how to drive. You’ll be learning with the same instructor in the same car every week, allowing you to progress and develop your skills in safe, familiar surroundings.

Nayland Driving School has a great first time pass rate, and we’re confident that we will be able to guide you through to the successful completion of your driving test. However, there’s never going to be pressure on you to pass before you’re ready, and we’ll be there for you no matter how many times it takes!

This is something that can vary from learner to learner, and it really does depend on you. The average learner needs somewhere around 20 hours of practice to pass the driving test, alongside 45 hours of driving lessons. This is just a rough estimate though, and not something that you should think of as set in stone.

Your instructor will be totally honest with you about how many lessons you need, and they will tell you when you are ready for your test. This could be sooner or longer than you expected – but taking your test at the right time will really aid you in getting the result that you want.

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I was taught by Geoff for about 2 months and I went to my test and passed the first time with this company and I would highly recommend Geoff and the company ad he teaches really well, he ensures that you end up being a driver and not a learner and i felt that is a really respectable quality when it comes to a teacher. I could not say any bad experience and was extremely happy

Alen Thomas

For any one wanting to learn to drive but not sure who to go with I definitely recommend Nayland, with his great help I passed first time and in just over three months, the lessons were great I always looked forward to them as Michael is a lovely guy and very down to earth, and up for a laugh 🙂 but he is also very patient for any one who is nervous about driving. 🙂

Harriet Osborn Davies

Thanks a lot to Dave, very calm and professional instructor. Passed after 20h, would definitely recommend.

Mikolaj Witkowski

I passed my test first time, I didn’t need to use any other instructor as Michael gave me all the advice I needed, down to earth, practical and easy to understand. While learning to drive can be stressful, Micheal made it so easy for me. I enjoyed learning and looked forward to the lessons as they were really enjoyable, if you want to learn to drive with someone that will make it enjoyable and practical Micheal is the guy! guy.

Peter Callaghan

Before having Michael as a driving instructor I was with someone else! I was given his number through a recommendation, and his lessons gave me the confidence to pass my test! Michael has great prices and deals, to suit anyone! I have now been driving a year, and I have recommended many people to go with him and they have gone on to pass very fast! 🙂

Amy Cowlin

Massive thanks to Suzanne! Amazing instructor! Helped to boost my confidence and pass my test quickly! Highly recommend!

Tom Clarke