Common Mistakes You Should Avoid on Your Driving Exam

By Ruel
Driving Test Tips

Anybody might forget even the most fundamental things under the pressure of taking the driving exam to obtain a licence. These tiny errors result in pupils failing the driving test on their first try. 

In this article, we'll go over the information you shouldn't overlook when driving. This should help you pass the driving exam and subsequently obtain your licence.

Conducting Preliminary Checks before Driving

The test begins even before you drive. Your examiner will see if you conduct the little safety actions that prepare you for the ride.

This will include adjusting your seat, fitting the rear-view mirrors, fastening your seatbelt, and ensuring that your passenger also has their seatbelt on. 

These seemingly insignificant activities are essential because of how they relate to safety. For example, by placing the mirrors in relation to a relaxed seating posture, you minimise blind spots and lower your risk of an accident.

Checking Your Mirrors and Taillights

Never fail to check your rear-view mirrors before making any movements, including lane changes or corners. Additionally, before you perform such actions, don't forget to lay the taillights. Your examiner will carefully consider these particulars.

Maintaining Your Speed in Roundabouts and Fast Lanes

Another area where driving school students frequently fail on their practice exams is maintaining the correct speed when turning a corner, entering a roundabout, or exiting a fast lane. Most students stop suddenly and block other cars when they are anxious to go onto another route, increasing the chance of a traffic disaster. Make sure to maintain composure and gradually slow down.

Slowing Down for Pedestrians

The safety of pedestrians is a fundamental concept that all drivers must uphold. If you come to a zebra crossing, always respect it. Slow down before it so you may stop without blocking the pedestrian crossing.

Following Traffic Signs

Respect for traffic signs is essential. Thus it will be one of the main criteria your teacher uses to assess you. Even if you have had several driving lessons regarding traffic signs, you would probably misunderstand them during the exam due to anxiety. Stop and yield are two signals that students frequently erroneously interpret on tests.

Remember that you should always brake at stop signs, whether or not a car is approaching from the other lane, and that you should slow down and go cautiously until you are sure there is no other car on the road before stopping at yield signs. You must brake to yield the right of way if another vehicle is driving or if a person has to cross the street.

Manoeuvring for Parking

Parking is the manoeuvre that causes the most anxiety for new drivers. At this stage, incorrect space calculations and parking in forbidden zones are the most frequent failures. 

This also includes hill parking. Keep in mind the following guidelines: uphill, wheels to the road; downhill, wheels to the curb (or to the right). You want to touch the curb, not over it, so go slowly. Remember to put the car in park and engage the parking brake. 


By following these simple guidelines, you will significantly lower the risk of failing your driving school exam. You will be prepared to obtain your driver's licence more quickly and get on the road.

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