So You Didn't Pass This Time

It happens to the best of us; actually more than 50% of people didn't pass their driving test the first time round - so you're in good company!

Don't worry though, this isn't the end of the road. Driving tests are always easier the second time round so learn from the experience of this one and keep your chin up. The first thing you need to do is look at the feedback from your examiner and reassess where you fell down.

According to the DVSA, the top ten reasons for failing a practical test are:

  • Observation at junctions
  • Reverse parking
  • Use of mirrors
  • Moving away
  • Use of signals
  • Incorrect positioning
  • Reversing around a corner
  • Lack of steering control
  • Turn round in road
  • Inappropriate speed

All of these things can be perfected with a little practise. Chances are if you failed on any of these, a bit of time out on the road with a friend or family member might be enough to get you up to speed. Try looking at learner driver insurance policies through GoCompare.

If you think you could do with a bit more help than going out on the road with someone you know, then take a look at some intensive driving courses.

These can be tailored around you to bolster skills you might be a bit shaky on. A new tutor might also show you a different technique for manouvers that you've been struggling with.

Sometimes taking a step away from the action and revising the theory behind driving can help build your confidence, making you less nervous and prone to errors on the day. There are some great books that would be able to point you in the right direction and give you some pointers that, when back behind the wheel will help you focus on driving fully:

All of this is great if you've got the time to practise again and get your knowledge back up to speed on passing, but what if you had somewhere to be next weekend?! Don't worry, there's always National Express or Trainline to get you there for now.

Just remember that driving a car is difficult and passing your test is even harder. You will pass and hopefully with some of these tips, the next time will be the last time.

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