Common Faults

Common Faults Contributing to Test Failure

The following are the most common faults which give rise to candidates failing the driving test:

Incorrect or inadequate use of mirrors and signals:

Traffic controls
Road signs
Road markings
Traffic lights

Inadequate observation moving off:

At junctions,
At roundabouts
When changing lanes
Failure to anticipate the actions of other drivers

Inadequate progress:

At junctions
At roundabouts
On the straight
Overtaking

Incorrect road position:

On the straight
Turning right
At roundabout
On bends
Turning left
Overtaking

Lack of competence in:

The Reverse around the corner
The Turnabout
The Hill-start

Excessive speed for the road or traffic conditions

Failure to yield the right of way to others

Incorrect inadequate or inappropriate use of the:

Vehicle controls
Clutch
Hand brake
Foot brake
Accelerator
Steering
Gears
Secondary controls

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