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What Will Make Me Fail My Driving Test?

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You’ve probably seen plenty of articles telling you how to pass your driving test the first time, but an important part of being prepared is also knowing what you should avoid doing so you are less likely to fail. We’re running through the different types of faults you can receive on your practical driving test so you can feel more confident.


The Minors

Beware the minors. They may not seem that significant, but if they add up you can still fail. If you make more than 15 minors during your test you will fail.

Minors are classed as something that isn’t potentially dangerous, but if you keep making the same mistake, it could become a serious fault.


The Majors

The majors are a little more cutthroat. In other words you want to avoid making any major mistakes on your driving test as this will result in an instant failure. This means you will have to retake your test.

The major faults can be placed into two categories:

A dangerous fault – this involves actual danger to you, the examiner, the public or property.

A serious fault – something potentially dangerous.

Obviously the majors are the things that cause the most stress and pressure on the test day – no one wants to fail as a result of a major fault. But the important thing is to remember to methodically approach the road ahead as though you’re just doing regular driving practice. Keeping your mind cool, although difficult, is the best way to avoid making those big slip-ups on your test.


So, what are the most common reasons people fail their test?

According to the DVSA, the most common reasons people fail their test included not looking properly at junctions and not using mirrors effectively.

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