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.