The pass rate of the UK driving test is only about 50 percent
so how do you try to make sure you're in the passing half?
Well, by remembering a few simple things you can avoid falling into the traps a lot
of learners fall into.
This is one of the most common reasons to fail a driving test.
If you don't check your mirrors when approaching junctions, you run the risk of missing nearby hazards.
Simply put, if you're changing either speed or direction
or moving off in the vehicle, check your mirrors. It's better to overuse them than underuse them.
This action can seem intimidating, but by keeping calm and remembering the procedure - position your vehicle near the centre line,
keep up your observations, slow down, maintain your clutch control
and time your exit carefully - it's not as difficult as it first seems.
As long as you don't cross your arms while steering,
allow the wheel to spin freely, and don't drive without your hands on the wheel,
any longer than is necessary to change gear, you won't lose any points here.
Moving off safely is as easy as remembering your MSPSL routine.
Check our YouTube channel to find out how to pull it off flawlessly every time.
You'd be amazed how many learner drivers forget to stop for red lights.
We know nerves can cause you to make some silly mistakes,
but by keeping an eye on the road ahead you'll find yourself
ready to respond to traffic lights a long way in advance.
Using the wrong lane on roundabouts, or coasting over the white line at junctions
can slip up even the best-prepared learner. If you find yourself in the wrong lane,
run through your MSPSL routine and move over when safe.
You need to demonstrate that you're in complete control of the vehicle
so no rolling back or kangarooing whilst doing a hill start.
It's a shame this one slips up so many learner drivers
since it's so easy to prepare for. All it takes is practice.
Make sure you know how to reverse park properly before your test, and you'll be fine.
All those white and yellow squiggles on the road are there for a reason.
Make sure you know what
and always read the road ahead of you, so you don't find yourself stopping in a yellow box junction.
Top tip: book a driving lesson for an hour before your test
and ask your instructor to watch extra carefully for any of the mistakes mentioned above.
And check your mirrors.