Too Cautious on driving test

Many learner drivers are surprised when they are told by a driving examiner that they have not passed the drivng test because they were going too slowly and it is not a safe attitude to have on the roads!

So why is it that you will be marked a serious driving fault under making progress in the DL25 report sheet if your speed is too slow?
There are 2 reasons why it is not acceptable for you to be over cautious on the UK practical car driving test (motorcycle, HGV or LGV as well).

1. Shows that you can't handle faster speeds and the skills to react, plan and anticipate what other road users might be doing or could do. The faster a vehicle is travelling at, the quicker you need to think, and react, and while as a learner, your driving instructor will start you off driving slowly to enable you to understand the principles of dealing with junctions, pedestrians or other cars in a meeting situation, there will be a time when you will be expected to make progress especially when it is safe to do so. You need to demonstrate to the person assessing you, that you have matured into a confident driver, dealing with various road conditions and traffic.

2. Affects other road users. The other reason why you will fail the driving test for going too slowly is that it affects drivers around you, who might be forced to overtake you dangerously when you are doing 22mph in a 30 zone and the road ahead is clear. Have you ever been stuck behind a learner on their 1st or 2nd lesson?

Look down the road, if you can't see any dangers pick up speed, if you then notice a car suddenly carrying out a 3 point turn, by all means slow down, but don't do so just because you see a pedestrian around or junction ahead with no cars in sight.

The video below shows a typical driving test route and what candidtes fail on for being over cautious:



Important! If you are not learning to drive with an instructor, it is important that BOTH you and the person teaching you to drive read The DSA official test guide, this book will greatly increase your chance of passing the driving test without spending too much money on lessons.

DSA Driving Test Videos

Wouldn't it be nice if you could watch a video that would tell you exactly what the DSA examiner was looking for, especially if it would help you to avoid the most common reasons for failing the driving test!

Well back in 1935, they were lucky to have exactly that, a video of a full driving test with an official DSA examiner, explaining what driving errors are usually committed and what would be marked as a serious fault.



That was a long time ago, and the driving test has changed a lot since then, it has become longer, you now have to perform reversing manuevers, take a theory test, do independent driving and deal with busier road conditions.

Below for example is a video clip explaining how the 10 minute DSA independent driving section is expected to be done in order to pass the driving test.



If you need more advice, why not have a look at my 10 top driving test tips.

So if you want to increase your chances of passing the current tough UK DSA driving test, then you should have a look at DSA official test guide which includes videos to help you fully understand all the skills required to pass first time.

It is essential that you fully understand what the official standard is, as many of your friends or family might be giving you advice which is not current or true.

DSA official guide to booking Driving Test

Many learner drivers use the wrong website when booking their driving test, and get charged additional fees which usually comes as a surprise to them.

The Driving standards agency which conducts the UK driving test has released a video showing the proper way of booking a driving test using the direct gov website.



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Important! If you are not learning to drive with an instructor, it is important that BOTH you and the person teaching you to drive read The DSA official test guide, this book will greatly increase your chance of passing the driving test without spending too much money on lessons.

DSA to change motocycle driving test 2011 or 2012

The department of transport (DSA is an executive office) is planning a trial which could see the present 2 part motocycle riding test being replaced with a new single on the road riding assessment.

This follows a report recently published from work carried out by the department for transport with motorcycle groups, instructor training organisations and other bodies since June 2010.

The current DSA motorcycle test is currently carried out in two separate stages, first an off road element which involves carrying out maneuvers and a 30 minute on the road test where the candidate is followed from behind by a DSA examiner and given directions/instructions via radio link.

One of the new initiatives which has been suggested is a new hazard avoidance manoeuvre which subject to further trialling, could be carried out on the road as opposed to in a test centres car park.



The next step will be to for the DSA to hold wider trials across the UK using real test-level candidates, which will then be followed by a public consultation on the proposed changes just as was the case with independent driving on the car test.

If all goes according to plans, then it is possible that the DSA will be introducing the new motorcycle tests by the end of 2011 or early 2012.

The current 2 part DSA motorcycle test was introduced in April 2009.

Important! If you are not learning to drive with an instructor, it is important that BOTH you and the person teaching you to drive read The DSA official test guide, this book will greatly increase your chance of passing the driving test without spending too much money on lessons.

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