Few things in life are more daunting than the day when we’re placed behind a wheel and told to operate a vehicle with a pair of hawk eyes on us.
It’s unnatural; it’s unnerving; it’s one of the most important things we’ll do. Being able to drive ourselves from place to place, in lieu of public transportation, makes life a whole lot easier.
So, it’s important to take our driving test seriously and establish good habits right from the start.
Although there are many reasons for failing a driving test, we’ve pulled out what we consider to be the top three. If you can work hard in these three areas, we believe you’ll have a good chance at passing.
Roundabouts can be stressful. To no surprise, they’re the number one reason why students fail their driving test. A couple of things can go wrong here.
First, there’s the obvious error in judgment where you pull out into the roundabout without looking and hit someone in the oncoming traffic.
Then, there’s the less obvious (but still very dangerous) error in judgment where a student approaches a roundabout, appears to be entering into it, and then stops abruptly (usually out of fear).
In these instances, the car from behind can rear-end the student driver, causing a terrible chain of events.
In some roundabouts, you’ll be entering into traffic that is driving 30mph or more. Of course, this will be nerve-wracking at first! So, the truth of the matter is, the more you can practice, the better off you’ll be on test day.
After the obvious difficulty with roundabouts comes a less-obvious difficulty dealing with mirrors. It’s a small thing – a simple glance into a mirror. But, examiners are watching for this simple movement like hawks.
When you change lanes – check your mirrors. When you move out from a parking spot, check your mirrors. So, when you’re changing lanes, you should be checking your mirrors at least twice.
First, you need to check your mirrors when you put on your indicator and again when you’re actually making the lane change. The same goes for the moment when you’re pulling out of a parking spot. Check the moment you turn your indicator on and again as you’re pulling into traffic.
Driving a car requires quite a bit of reading. When we see a stop sign, we must stop. When signs are posted saying, “No Stopping,” we can’t pull in, even just for a moment. Signs for bus lanes must also be yielded – at all times.
So, in the midst of hoping you pass your exam, you’re also having to be highly alert to all the road markings around you. But, the truth is, if you miss a stop sign or a “No Overtaking” sign, you’re sunk.
Again, all that’s required here is plenty of practice. You can also spend a lot of time reviewing The Highway Code so nothing comes as a surprise to you on test day.
Put it out of your head. Forget all those thoughts of failing a driving test. Study your manuals; practice with mum and dad; do your best. Here at Totally Driving, we can make confident drivers out of the most nervous pupils.
We’ll meet you wherever you are in your driving capabilities and help you familiarise yourself with even the most complicated roads in your local area. When you’re ready to put your skills to the test, give us a call, and we’ll help you get in tip-top shape!