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3 minute read Learner Drivers

Failed Your Driving Test? Here’s What to do Next

Failing your driving test feels like the end of the world but it’s not as bad as it seems. Read on to find out what your next steps should be.

by Louise Thomas

Failing your driving test is definitely gutting, especially after spending so much time and money preparing for it. Here’s how to realise it’s not the end of the world and get over failing your driving test.

Remember you’re not alone

Take a deep breath and remember that you’re not the only person to have failed their driving test. In fact, the pass rate has been hovering around 47% for the last few years which means more than half of learners are in the same boat as you! It really doesn’t matter if you pass first or third time, as long as you get there in the end.

Think of it as a mock exam

Think of how many practice and mock tests you do when you revise for exams. Why should your driving test be any different? If you fail just think of it as a practice run. Taking a written exam is hard enough, taking a practical sat inches from the examiner is a whole other kettle of fish so why shouldn’t you have a practice run in the test environment? Hopefully you will be less nervous second time around.

Get back behind the wheel

It’s a good idea to get back in the driver’s seat as soon as possible after your test. You’ve done all the work and just need to stay in driving mode and not let the practice run knock your confidence. Your examiner will give you a sheet listing your driving faults at the end of the test. Make sure you go through it with your instructor afterwards to fix any issues and so you don’t make the same mistake next time.

Try and drive as often as possible. You could even combine your professional lessons with extra practice in your parent’s car to get as much on road experience as possible. With Veygo’s Learner Driver Insurance you can insure yourself to practice in their car from as little as 2 hours right up to 90 days so you can practice as little or a much as you need to.

Book your real test

Your driving instructor wouldn’t have let you book your first test if they didn’t believe you were ready so don’t hesitate to book a new test as soon as they give you the go ahead, this has to be at least 10 days after your first test.

Having to re-book your driving test really isn’t ideal, you have to spend more money and time on the test and extra lessons, but just think how much more prepared you will be next time! Remember to stay confident and calm and you’ll nail it!


Louise Thomas

Hi I'm Louise and I'm a Marketing Executive at Veygo. I've been driving for nearly two years after several "practice" tests! I love the freedom that comes with finally having a driving licence. Road trips with my friends are the best - especially when we've got an awesome playlist going! (check out our Spotify for road trip playlists!)

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