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Common Faults Contributing to Test Failure

The following are the most common faults which give rise to candidates failing the driving test:
  • Inadequate observation moving off, at junctions, at roundabouts and when changing lanes

  • Failure to anticipate the actions of other drivers

  • Incorrect road position on the straight, on bends, turning left, turning right, at roundabouts, and when overtaking

  • Inadequate progress at junctions, roundabouts, on the straight, and when overtaking

  • Incorrect or inadequate use of mirrors and signals

  • Non-compliance with traffic controls, e.g. road signs and markings and traffic lights

  • Incorrect inadequate or inappropriate use of vehicle controls, including gears, clutch; accelerator
    steering, handbrake, footbrake, and secondary controls

  • Excessive speed for the road or traffic conditions;
    failure to yield the right of way to others

  • Lack of competence in the reverse and turnabout manoeuvres

Faults by motorcyclists also include:
  • failure to perform a 'u' turn correctly

  • inadequate control at slow speed
  • inadequate observations to the rear

  • incorrect or inadequate hand-signals

The list of faults highlighted above is by no means exhaustive. You should, as indicated previously, study carefully the Rules of the Road and get as much practice as possible, in all types of traffic situations, in preparation for your driving test.
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