Driving Test Faults
What is a fault and how many can you make during your driving test?
It’s extremely uncommon to come out of a driving test with a clean sheet. Most people will incur at least a few minor faults during their driving test and that’s okay. The examiner is not expecting you to be perfect; very few people are – especially in a high pressure test environment!
Types of fault
There are three types of fault you can make during your driving test:
- Driving fault – also known as a ‘minor’. This isn’t potentially dangerous, but if you keep making the same fault, it could become a serious fault
- Serious fault – also known as a ‘major’. This is something potentially dangerous
- Dangerous fault – also known as a ‘major’. This involves actual danger to you, the examiner, the public or property
Can I pass if I make a fault?
You’ll pass your driving test if you make:
- No more than 15 driving faults
- No serious or dangerous faults
Although you can make up to 15 minor faults, it’s still good driving practice to avoid these to become a safe driver.
Most common reasons for failing
If you make any majors you’ll fail your driving test so these are the faults you really want to avoid.
- Junctions – observation
- Mirrors – changing direction
- Junctions – turning right
- Control – steering
- Move off – safely
- Positioning – normal driving
- Response to signals – traffic lights
- Reverse park – control
- Response to signals – traffic signs
Most of these can be avoided by having excellent all round observation whenever you are driving, parking or carrying out a manoeuvre. Remember that by the time you sit your test you will have had plenty of time on the road, either with your instructor or practising with family or friends, so don’t panic, stay calm and take your time.
Want to practice in a friend or family member’s car? Make sure you’re covered with Learner Driver Insurance before getting behind the wheel.