Top 10 Reasons People Fail The British Driving Test

    As the driving test turns 80 years old, we look at the top 10 reasons that people fail their driving test. If you've passed your test, have you fallen into any of these bad habits? Here they are... in no particular order...

    1. Observations at junctions

    Driving off the edge of a cliff is a bit of an exaggeration. But poor observations at junctions is one of the top 10 reasons that people fail.

    You'll be marked with this fault for not taking effective observation before emerging at junctions, and emerging into the path of other vehicles. Always make sure it's safe before proceeding.

    (Oh, and don't wolf-whistle - it's really not cool).

    2. Moving off safely

    3. Use of mirrors

    4. Reverse parking

    The next reason is reverse parking.

    In the driving test, you can be asked to either do a parallel park on the road, or reverse into a parking bay at the test centre.

    You'll notch up a fault in this area if you need to reposition to correct a loss of control or accuracy. A complete misjudgement or significant loss of control will count as a serious fault.

    5. Response to traffic lights

    6. Steering

    7. Positioning

    Well that might be a very extreme example, but positioning is really important.

    Your vehicle should be positioned correctly for the route you're taking. If lanes are marked, make sure you're in the middle of the lane. Avoid straddling lanes.

    8. Turning right at junctions

    9. Control when moving off

    10. Response to road markings

    Prepare to pass

    It's normal to be nervous before your test, but if you're properly prepared and your instructor thinks you're ready, then there's really no reason to worry.

    On average, people who pass the test have had 45 hours of driving lessons and 22 hours of private practice.

    Your examiner's not trying to catch you out; they just want to make sure that you can drive safely.