Ah, the driving test. The day has come and you are… terrified.
We’ve been there: there’s a judgmental stranger sitting next to you, it’s the greatest moment of your life, your future hopes and dreams depend on it, etc. This is the difference between your mom taking you to school and you the man or girl who gets to roll off the juniors’ parking lot and blow-up Ignition. This is what stands between you and freedom.
Freedom is a beautiful thing.
You have studied and practiced by taking your driving test cancellations course, so we have confidence in you. To prepare you for the big day, we’ve rounded up the 14 most common mistakes people make during the driving test. Brush up, and don’t let this be you!
1. Let your nerves take the wheel.
You know the Snicker commercial, “You’re not yourself when you’re hungry?” The same goes for stress and nerves. Have practiced. You know the material by heart. You put the driving hours in it.
So, breathe. You have this.
2. Don’t look in your mirror regularly.
It can be hard to take your eyes off the road, but your side and rear-view mirrors are there to help you be a safer driver.
Big oops. Not looking in your mirror is not okay.
3. Forgotten your turn signals.
Signals are a foundation of driving and therefore a big part of your exam.
4. Make rolling stops.
Always come to a complete stop behind the demarcation line at stop signs and red lights. Also remember to come to a complete stop when making a right turn at an intersection.
Stop means to stop.
5. Don’t yield to pedestrians.
Pedestrians always have right of way. Watch for crosswalks and anticipate pedestrians, especially when turning.
6. Confusion at stopovers.
It can be easy to jump ahead or hesitate when it’s your turn. Remember: the driver who arrives first at the intersection has right of way. If you get there at the same time as another driver, the one on the right goes first.
Don’t get confused.
7. Changing lanes at an intersection.
This is a huge no, and very dangerous.
8. Incorrect Lane change.
When your instructor asks you to change lanes, remember:
- Look first
- Turn on your signal
- Check your mirrors (back and sides)
- Check your blind spot
- Change lanes when everything is clear
- Be an expert at changing lanes.
9. Driving too slow.
Sometimes you can be so busy worrying about speed that you end up going too slow. But driving slowly can be just as dangerous to safety as speeding. When cars pass you, it’s time to accelerate.
10. Braking too hard.
Hard braking should only be used in emergency situations. Otherwise, your braking should be gradual and comfortable. Keep in mind how much time you need to come to a stop and brake accordingly.
11. Follow too closely.
Leave at least 2-3 cars behind the car in front of you.
12. Not being aware of speed limit changes.
Make sure you always know the speed wherever you are. Pay special attention to the following zones, where speed limits can change drastically:
- School zones
- residential streets
- Construction zones
- Shrugging and saying you didn’t know the speed limit won’t make it on the road test.
13. Don’t keep both hands on the wheel.
It doesn’t matter if you can drive with just the tip of your knee; always keep both hands on the wheel during your driving test: https://drivingscout.uk/.
14. Take a defective vehicle to the test drive.
Don’t let your vehicle be the reason you fail. Make sure your car complies with all safety laws, including a clear, unbroken windshield, working seat belts and lights.