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The Most Common Driving Test Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

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A driving test can be a pretty stressful time. You will often find that when it comes to this test, some students can fail because they make some very basic mistakes. It’s often more to do with nerves than anything else - understandable in the circumstances - but here at Progress, we always like to give our students the best chance of passing, so here are some common tips to be aware of.


Observation - Junctions

If you’re going to drive safely, you need to be very vigilant. A lot of accidents happen because someone is not paying proper attention to the road and comes into contact with another driver. What you need to do is make sure this cannot happen - therefore staying focused at all times is key. 
With junctions particularly, you need to be safe, calm and sensible. Remember to pay attention to the flow of traffic and look at all the places it could come from. Make sure to indicate if you’re turning and remember this isn’t a trick question - it’s about being observant. 

Mirror Checks

You need to make sure that you check your mirror for a selection of different reasons. You should be doing it when you turn, overtake, pull out, things like that. 
Not doing mirror checks is one of the biggest ways people fail, and it’s not an easy one to make up for. Depending on the instructor, it could even be an instant fail. You need to make sure that you are properly checking the mirrors. Make it part of the mental checklist you do, and try not to forget. 

Safely Moving Off

Moving off is something which is very important for you to know how to do, especially on both flat and sloped surfaces. 
Setting off is just a case of being calm and rational. Make sure that you have completed all your observation checks around the vehicle, put the car into first gear, that you are not putting your foot too heavily on either of the pedals, and that you gently but confidently move off. Don’t try and do it at speed, and don’t try and do it too slowly either, because both of these will result in a stall.
Generally speaking, this is something that you get right from practice, so make sure that you’ve done it plenty of times with your instructor before you start to move forward with taking your test.

So, in conclusion, these are some of the most common yet unexpected and avoidable mistakes that people will make when it comes to their driving test. We understand that the driving test is a challenging obstacle for you to face, especially if you are feeling nervous. It is important that you remember that this is not a trick or difficult test. The examiner is not looking to deceive you, or catch you out. All they want is for you to demonstrate that you can be sensible, that you are safe to be on the road, and that you understand driving theory and practice.

If you would like help or support from one of our qualified group of DVSA-approved driving instructors covering the whole of North Wales, click here. We look forward to hearing from you!

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