Driving Test I

On March 21, 2002 by aquarion

And so I finally got around to booking a driving test.

For my 17th birthday, as is now traditional in our family, I was given driving lessons. And for a few months I failed to do anything about this, and then started them, and went off on a course of 10. I continued to have lessons for the next few months, pausing for A-Levels and resuming for summer. Then I went to University for two years.

I came back, procrastinated for a few months, and then went back to the lessons. Eventually, around christmas last year, getting to the point where there was no point in me having the lessons until I had booked the test.

Three months after that point, I booked the test. And three weeks after that I told the instructor, Chris, about the test. I now had two weeks until the test, and I hadn’t driven in a few months.

Two weeks

Revision driving test. Wandered around in fine and sunny weather. Got back into the habit. Booked some lessons for the next week.

One Week

Basic driving. Hour lesson, pootled up to the town where the test centre is, practiced manoeuvres around the area where the test is usually, went home.

Six Days

Nice day, pootled back up to Tonbridge Wells, manoeuvred, drove around, had a look at the entrance to the test centre, came back.

Three Days

It’s now Friday, the last week has been mostly sunny, much wind, and the occasional light drizzle. My driving has improved a couple of hundred-fold, and I’m now silently confidant that I should pass. The biggest problem at the moment is that the sun is so bright, fortunately I’ll be doing it in early morning. My parallel parking is going like clockwork (literally, go back until the car lines up with *here* then one turn of the wheel *right* then back until *this* point, then one turn *left* then steer like a baby bull…) My reverse around a corner is so accurate you could use it as a protractor, and the three-point-turn is done in barely two and a third… and, basking in the balmy sunny afternoon on Friday, I went home with a spring in my step, and thought I might just pass this.

Two Hours

Six forty, and I’m awake, staring at the ceiling. I get up, shower, the sun is peeking out from behind the clouds, it looks like a nice day. Shower, Breakfast, check mail…

One Hour

…and it’s 7:35 and Chris is here for one last lesson to brush up on things. Wander up to the town, dealing with rush hour traffic. Wander around Sherwood, where the test frequently is done, Parallel park, reverse around a corner, do a three point turn behind a white car, and make our way though the One way system that the Tunbridge Wells Test Centre is in the middle of. Turn into the test centre, and note with disappointment as it starts to drizzle.

Watch with dismay as the drizzle begins to escalate and turn into real rain.

Zero

By the time I’ve signed the declaration of insurance, and done the eyesight test, and he’s got the model of the car and ID numbers, the rain is incredibly heavy. And I’ve never driven in heavy rain before.

Cars stop differently in the rain. Sometimes they don’t stop at all. Mine stopped every time I told it to. Just not where I wanted it to, and I was so tense that my steering went everywhere. I was positioning right for left turns, and vice versa.

Then came the parallel park, done in Sherwood to park behind a white car. I realised later it was exactly where I had been doing three-point-turns earlier, but at that point it might as well have been on the moon. We pulled in, and as we did so I hit the curb, which I *know* is an automatic fail. At this point I knew I was done for, and might as well relax I parked next to the car – slightly too far forward – and went into reverse. I slowly backed the car to the exact optimal point for turning, missed it by three feet, and then steered the wrong way. There was no way I could have done it in a car’s length now, and so, having already failed, I reset to the right position, and repeated the manoeuvre perfectly.

At that point, I discovered afterwards, I hadn’t actually failed.

But I did, on three counts of inability to steer, reversing around a corner, and parallel parking.

Stupid weather.


No Responses to “Driving Test I”

  • Sarabian

    Curse driving tests (I failed three times) and snow did for me on one occasion.

  • Kelvix

    It’ll happen. Possibly the worst drivers pass the first time round. Nothing like that moment at the end when the examiner turns to you to give you the results, is there? Heart in your boots etc etc…

  • Tony Evershed

    Don’t worry – it took me three goes to pass, and I was actively terrified each time. *And* that was with 45 hours instruction over the course of a year, plus driving with my parents.
    You’ll be a safer and more confident driver for it.

  • Jason

    I love this thread.

  • Jon

    I just failed my second test today. I am so angry right now I could kill someone. I should never have gone back to the same place where I got failed the first time. I’m going to a different office for the next one. I just can’t believe that if I fail again I’ll have to re-apply for my fuckin PERMIT. I’m sick of this shit.

    My instructor was an asshole – I never should have taken my test with him twice. The first time he failed me on a bunch of picky shit, and this time he failed me within the first 30 seconds for not paralell parking correctly. The rule is that you have to be inside the yellow line. My left rear tire was just ON the yellow line and he failed me without even letting me do the rest of the test. The whole thing was over in less than a minute. When he got out of the car, I screamed obsenitys and ripped my hair out.

    There should be some sort of online rating program for driving instructors. If they do a shit job, they should get called on it and lose their job. They’re fucking with peoples lives and they don’t even give a fuck. They judge something that’s going to change your life forever in 10 minutes. That’s fucked up…

  • bludy driving test

    Yes as u may have guessed i’ve jus failed my 3rd drivin test, first of all i had to do a parrell park in which i hit the curb not once not twice but *three times* i then went on to do a lovely turn in the road in which i gave the curb an almighty wack! i decided to abandon the test the examiner said that she wld have to wlk back to the test centre. i phoned my instructor and he came to meet me, oh by the way the examiner left me in the car on my own with the keys in the ignition and my instructor told me they normaly take the keys with them perhaps she wanted me to practice! Gonna book a new test as soon as pos. The only thing that hurts is the waiting and and the money *Broke* once again oh well fouth time lucky. If anyone has any good tips for nevous can u post them for me. Good luck everybody for u’r next test dont let all that money u’ve spent gp to waste!

  • EllMan

    Hey, Anyone who’s failed on ‘undue hesitation’ I know your pain!! I’ve just failed my 3rd test cus of it. I made a right bollocks of my first test, my second test I failed on awareness and planning bollocks, but this time I drove perfectly and the twat gave me a serius fault on undue hesitation. Fucking Cunts!!

  • Claire

    Dont despair people!
    Think of me – I just failed my 7TH!! test today… on tiny stupid things…. *sigh*

  • Claire

    Dont despair people!
    Think of me – I just failed my 7TH!! test today… on tiny stupid things…. *sigh*

  • baz

    Hellllllo all!!!gt ma test in two an a half hours!!!nerves arnt really kicking inyet n i hope they dnt!!i feel quietly confident but am worried about two mavoevers parralell park and a bay park!!!i know i can do them i am just doubting myself!!any way ill leave another comment on here l8er on to tell u all how i did!!!c ya!

  • lloyd

    Im from bury st edmunds and have just had my 4th test and failed due to a mini roundabout, i was asked to turn right. infront of me this women had stoped for me to let me go because ther was a 4×4 with a trailer that was on the roundabout. I then went right and on my way this other car went round the 4×4 with trailer on the round side of the road,
    i had missed the car by a good distance.

    this was about 2 mins from the test center

    arrived at the test center, thought i had passed my test. but NO NO NO was all my fault i was so pissed off, WHY WHY WHY i was asking my self.

    ive just had enough of them they like to see people upset.

    it makes u feel as if you are the biggest threat to human civilization, when its other people on the fucking road that have PASSED

  • ste

    i failed my 3rd test its so crap,i failed on summat i am 100% on wen im with my instructor,i fink its nerves to be honest but you cant argue with em coz at the end of the day its a no,no matter wat,anyway i thought i would share this with u,we can all do it eventually,gud look to every1 for next time.

  • Samantha

    Hey People I Have My Test Coming Up Soon & I Been Driving For Nearly 2 Years & I Always Get Nervous. (I Don’t Know Why) I Can Drive Because My Driver Instructor & The Examiners Say That I Can Drive But It Is My Confidence; This Is My 5th Test Coming Up & I Can’t afford To Fail Again. I Can do This But I’m Always Worrying About What Will Go Wrong, I Failed My 1st & 2nd on Speed & Awareness But I Got Better After That & My 4th & 3th Test Because Of Stalling. I Was Worrying So Much On My Roundabouts That I Forgot About Controls Yet Again, I Hope To God That I Don’t Stall Again For The 5th Time In A Roll & Worry About Doing Stupid Mistakes Because I Been Doing This For So Long & I Know I Can Do This.
    Someone Plz Help Me!!!!!!!!!

  • ben

    What happened to all my insults?? I have been enjoying the pain you failures have been giving me verbally for the last few years….Keep it coming people.

    To the person that said i needed to retake English language, the word hypocrite springs to my foreign uneducated mind.

    To the others that just insulted me without any creativness to their work….fuck you.

    And to the ingenious people who divulge into unnecessarily over-worked reasons why my comment was factitiously untrue, get a life and a bit of humour.

    Im only joking of course, im sure you will all be fine drivers. :-p

    Good luck, unless you can admit you are a bad driver yourself, then get a bus pass…please.

  • Lucy

    Hey everyone, well i’m 20 yrs old. I consider my self a normal driver just like everyone else. Regardless who passes when!!! But i guess i’m pretty unlucky too. I’ve just taken my 4th test. I failed on something so stupid. it was an area which is such a squeeze we should not of gone down there. A car which was park to let me through, his rear end was stickin out but i knew what i was doin and slowly went passed. my twat of an examiner braked me and told me i was going to hit the car on my right. I said no i would not have i’m driving and i think i can see whether or not i can get through a space! and anyway thicko i couldnt of gone anywhere else!! so that was an instance fail. And i asked if i had failed because i did not want to continue wasting my time. so i stopped the test and the wanker had to walk back to the test centre… hehe.. my little payback.. anyway its one of those things luck and stuff. i know i can drive i really do. its the DVLA’s checklist of what u can and cant do. its so annoyin because like no one when they pass flippin drive like they do in the actual test… its such a load of shite. But if u think about it if they allowed a simpler method. everyone would pass and think how much that would be terrible for the enviroment and traffic. so its a government opearation of making a test very hard. So dont let anyone feel that the reason they failed was because of there own ability. im not saying it isnt but lets face it. Driving is not the most hardest thing, once u learn its nothing!!! p.s. i like to see these cocky assholes who pass and say shite like u shudnt do ur test after a number of times…. who do they think they are!!! learn to pissing fly a plane if ur that wonderful….. u are not special!!!

  • SALLY

    Hi everyone,
    I fould this site by googleing is anyone mad about there driving test result-and now i realise im not alone.

    I have just failed 5th time,the examiner was pleasent but smiles can be deceptive.At the end of the test i was told i was an excellent driver,had proved competent on dual carriage ways,roundabouts,country lanes, merging, manourers,one ways,kids running into the road.BBBUUUTT I had hesitated on a right turn.

    I was really angry and questioned the examiner about his decision,explained that this was my 5th test,the cost has now overseeded �£500 4 the tests not including my driving lessons. Did he reconsider DID HE HECK.

    Here’s to 6th. sally

  • Adele

    failed my 2nd driving test TODAY!!!!

    Am pissed, i swear my examiner dont like women drivers!!!!
    the whole test went well, maneuvers good only 6minors then the AHOLE decided that…..At the last set of traffic lights before the test center (this is how close i was) the lights changed to amber as i had already reached them and committed myself to go, that i should of stopped so he slammed on the breaks, n stalled the car for me!!!!

    i was so pissed, as i really thought i would ass this time!

    1st time was my fault tho, 3rd gear to go round a MINI roundabout opps, n over stear’d and ended up in the other lane! not good! LOL

    have booked again but a months worth of waiting time, NOT HAPPY i have a car i want to drive!

    at the end of the day its their say, our future is in the hands of the examiner….. n mine was a fat guy who smelt of B O and had cross eyes!

    anyway good luck to all and 3rd time lucky????

  • Rix - Happy Feet

    I had my first driving test today and I Failed because my left leg went into a spasm!!!!! It wouldn’t stop shaking!!! After the examiner seen it he asked me several times whether I would like to stop the test!!! And the first time he asked was only 2 minutes from the test start time and on top of that he asks me to do a reverse around a corner in the tightest road you can ever do a manoeuvre straight away!! How am I suppose to do the manoeuvre when I can’t even control my leg, how on earth am I suppose to control the bloody clutch!!! (Don’t get me wrong I am usually perfect with my manoeuvres)O well, its couple of hours since my test, the thing is I am not that gutted about failing the test but disappointed with my leg!! Lol, I am still recovering from an achy leg!! My nerves were just too bad!!! I got a serious for pressing on my break pedals slightly harshly, but come on that’s understandable when I couldn’t even control my leg!!! For next times I am really going to try take something to help the nerves before my next test (any tips?)! O yeh another thing, I was going to go through red lights!!! I have never ever done that in all my years of a learner driver!!! My test was a complete joke I had 15 minors and 4 serious!! I felt like the penguin in happy feet, but a female version!!

  • Anonymous

    they should change it where ur instructor records an hour lesson where he does all manouvers it be easier because your with sum1 you no and not a stranger who likes failing ppl

  • Jess

    i failed today with 2 serious n 4 minors….one serious was for being in the wrong lane at a roundabout n another because the examiner had 2 grab steering wheel so i didnt hit a car that was parked…oops! oh well i no what 2 expect next time as i was so nervous ..waste of £100 though!

  • Jess

    i failed today with 2 serious n 4 minors….one serious was for being in the wrong lane at a roundabout n another because the examiner had 2 grab steering wheel so i didnt hit a car that was parked…oops! oh well i no what 2 expect next time as i was so nervous ..waste of £100 though!

  • alex

    I had my first driving test this morning�(after the DSA cancelled a previous one a week before) I had a right mardy examiner he didn�t try to make conversation at all�anywho..finnished the test and he told me I drover perfectly apart from �not looking over my right hand shoulder when moving off� I�m sure I did but I wasn�t going to argue.. so fail� I couldn�t help but laugh when he told me that I had ignored most of his instructions throughout the test, as in, he told me to take the second left and I carried straight on, and he told me to �turn the car in the road� and I did a reverse round the corner. OOPS! Test re-booked for July 16th� Wish me luck!!!

  • Aimee

    I failed my first test yesterday and have never had such a depressing day having to tell everyone hu knew i was taking it that i bumped the curb on reverse park. I got 4 minors apart from that which is some conselation i guess. Its good to read all the comments and realise i’m not the only one who didn’t have 40 minutes of absolutely perfect driving. I’ve booked my next test but have to wait another 6 weeks which seems like a lifetime when all i want to do is have a quick practice of the manoueveres and retake it in a week. Some of the stories seem ridiculous as i can’t believe such small mistakes can be counted as majors. But then again i can see what you mean about the DSA just being out to con us all out of money.

    • Anonymous

      ive got my test soon and im so nervous, im hearing all sorts of stories, and i cant think straight, this is the worst feeling………..help

    • lewis cook

      i took my test on tuesday 30th may, i was so nervous, my drivin was gd, i did 23mph in a 20mph zone, nd this was 10 minutes into the test, i got 4 minors and 1 serious,i thought the examiner would give me the benefit of the doubt and let it go, and see if i exceeded the speed limit again, and if i did then it would be understandable, but no, failed me straight away. but i think this was so harsh,my friend took a test his first one and passed, he was in the wrong lane wen the examiner sed go right, e went straight on, i mean that was leniant. so for anyone who is nervous i say, as long as u r totally 100% brilliant at everything u will pass,if not no hope. the examiners know who there passin before they even see you, i bet.

    • sian

      o my life i know. the first time i failed i waited till the arogant ass got out the car and then cryed. the second time i failed i didnt bother waiting till i got out the car i just wept i really thought i had cracked it second time round, o well try again :(

  • Samantha

    failed my test twice now having my third on thursday. First time right near the beginning i got a major because i was too far away from the cub when i did my parallel park, all i had to do was go further back and striaghten up and i would have passed it. Second time done everything only have to wait till the end and i judge a gap wrong and tap my wing mirror, was the examiners side (not good). So tring again worried like crazy because i’ve been doing my exams and haven’t been driving for a while because the second time made me so upset. I cried for ages and couldn’t talk about it. To make it worse my instructor was joking about it ruining his birthday if i failed :( So wish me luck people maybe third times lucky.

  • Anonymous

    Failed twice, got my third this friday (trying it in a new test centre since I reckon i have bad vibes from the one i failed at!)

    First one I failed because it was pouring down with rain and i clipped the curb on a left hand turn, minor stuff really but i know its an automatic fail. I also got a serious for not putting my car into reverse straight away for parallel park, because i car came along so i stopped and waited for it to go past before i put it into reverse, i just didn’t know better.

    Second one I failed because “i took too long at a parallel park”. Honestly. I’ve never been so angry in my entire life. I DID take a long time at it and at one point I asked if I could straighten up and he said “yes, you can’t start again but you can straighten up” and then failed me for it. bastard.

    I KNOW for a fact I’m a better driver than many of my friends, who made worse mistakes in their tests and passed first time. I guess its nerves and luck really. Or maybe i dont come across as a nice kind of person they’d want to pass :(

  • Fye

    I just failed my third test today. Everything was going smooth until we head back to the DMV. I was in the left turn only lane about to make a left turn. I check for traffic and see a oncoming car, the car had it’s left turn signal on ( Which would look like he’s turning right on my side, but he’s turning left). I obviously thought he was going to turn, and I start to make my turn. All of a sudden he goes straight, and it would look like I was going to crash into him as I make the turn. That was the dagger. I failed right on the spot for making a dangerous maneuver. I never thought I would be this unlucky. What were the chances of this happening?
    Right now it seems impossible to pass this, and my parents will be pissed as hell. Well, that’s my story.

  • kirsty

    I have tryed and failed my test twice passed my theory first time but I am having really bad luck with my practical,the first time there was some woman in a car foriegn plates and she did not know what she was doing i was behind her comin to a roundabout and she just stopped and put her hazards on so i went to go around signaleed bla blah blah the she started to pull of then stopped on the roundabout so i had no where to go as the inner lane was jammed and I could not get around her so I was there for like 5 minutes waiting for a gab or for her to move which she did but I failed for hesitence on a roundabout I said to the examiner what should i have done gone into the centre lane and crashed,up on the curb or ram the foriegn bitch out of the way,second test i failed when my tyre bruished the curb reversing round a corner and by brushed i meen tyre just rubbed on curb did not mount the pavement at all and i know a lot of people who mounted the curb and passed its just luck as my couson is an examiner and she says that nowa days its just donw to luck as examiners are now only supposed to pass a certain ammount of people a day trying to get more people to use public transport ect… so iadvise doing your terst as early as possible so examiners have had less learners candidates to pass

  • al

    Failed 3rd test today, I hate the test so much. I hate how I spend all night thinking about it, hoping ill pass, only for the next day to be crushed again.
    Today I failed because I came up to a roundabout too quickly, I was unfamiliar with where I was and was entering the roundabout from a slip road, the roundabout was not obvious so I had not slowed down greatly, upon arriving on the roundabout the examiner intervened in my already active breaking.
    I’ve already booked a new test, I hate how im having to spend this money just to go through hell, I worked so hard this summer in a really shit job getting back my overdraft and planned to reward myself with a new guitar, instead its being wasted on a monthly doseage of misery.
    Ah well heres to another 1months wait, more sleepless nights and £100s lost.

  • allwax_nowick@yahoo.com

    The UK Practical Test is nothing but a money making scheme. Safe driving plays no part in the test, which is designed to allow the examiners to fail candidates at will. How many times has anyone seen an experienced driver back around a corner at a snail’s pace whilst staying 25 inches from the kerb and looking in all directions two dozen times? Even the police don’t do such nonsense. But if the test were only to evaluate safe driving, more people would pass and the DSA, along with the little cottage industry of Driving Instructors, would no longer be such lucrative businesses. By the way, I passed my test on the first try with no lessons (foreign license), so this post is not written out of bitterness over my own failure. It’s just that I’m disgusted by what I consider to be a travesty of driving evaluations.

  • Peter

    Another one here to join the group of first-time failers. Had a serious fault for not stopping quick enough doing an emergency stop and another for going to far into the next lane on a roundabout. Only had 6 minors.

    Next test is in 5 weeks time. Anyone else felt more nervous the second time round? I guess it’s the feeling that I should pass this time now, knowing what to expect.

  • Matt G.

    God fucking damnit, 2nd time failed today!!!
    No faults in anything else except for my speed, driving too slow! Too slow??? in a 70kmph zone I did 40kmph for a small time, what the fuck?
    Most of the time I was carefully making sure I was being safe on the road and NOT speeding!
    Coming back to the test centre I slowed down to make sure my ‘right of way’ was not going to be compromised by some idiot, didnt stop, slowed down to check (safe driving) and the prick told me I didnt have to slow down. I am driving safely you numbnuts!!!!! What are these testers on? drugs? Also told me I did not have to slow down for a ped crossing when I can see theres nobody on it, well whos perfect when looking? You should slow down just in case you miss someone? better than mowing them down, oops sorry!!! my instructor said never to slow down and to totally trust my sight! Fuck ass!
    I am a good driver, I know I am, never had a dent, accident, scratch or anything! Never ever drive over the limit. I was told to drive 5kmph below the speed limit, hit me up when i wasnt doing 45 in a 50 or 65 in a 70. What a fucker!
    I could understand someone doing 50% of the speed limit as being annoying, but 60% momentarily for a small time is bullshit!
    Oh, missed this one…. apparently i was not checking the mirrors often enough! Hello? did you see my eye movements or just look for my head movements in large jerks?? So next time I have to look like a fucking idiot my swaying my head around like a fucking loony just to make sure the tester sees that I was checking the mirrors, oh and i have to do it once per 5 seconds constantly…. fucking shit!

  • Marc

    I consider myself relativley experinced on the driving tests, my history is as follows.

    All in all I have had to take the test 5 times (4 over here and once in Florida) I actually passed the 3rd time here, but lost my license 2 years later for clocking up 6 points and having my license revoked (speeding offences) I could go into detail and you probably wouldnt believe me if i say that the second offence was totally unjust as it was temp speed on a dual carriageway and there were no signs up to indicate speed limit,i swear it is true, and the police had no photo evidence but produced a statement and the courts took his word over mine. Anyway Im over it now, sometimes shit happens!

    It is incredibly annoying when you fail ur test, I think more so because they are so expensive and you have to wait so long to take another one it is pathetic how long the waits are, its quite simple just open more test centres or increase the size of the current ones. All the while you have to wait you may aswell have lesons and at £20 per hour it soon adds u. One of my fails was I was approaching junctions a little to slowly which was minor but became a major when I apparently did it 3 times. I passionately believe the system is flawed, alot of it has to do with luck, how other driver react to your actions, which really is crazy! and unfair. To also comment on an american on ere saying the test is the same, it is not! I know that each state is different, but plase tell me which state ha seperate theory and driving test that would cost about$150 USD and has 10 week wait times? In florida it cost about $30 (both theory and practical) no appointment neccaserry, just wait about 3 hours and is done on a closed circuit and lastedabout 10 minutes in an automatic, whic also qualified me to drive manuals!! if i had failed I could ave turned up the next day and tried again!As ith most things in the UK, the government is probably proud about the 43% pass rate and how analytical and highly trained their examiners are. again us brits get screwed as people can come from the states witha usa license and drive here for a year? none of it makes any sense. I do believe that the test here make us pretty competent drivers which is good, but are any of theire new initiatives like hazard perception improving anything? if not they should be scrapped and cost reduced. At the end of the day many of us need to drive for work and in some in direct way it is costing the economy and making people miserable in its current system. Just FYI I took my 5th test yesterday (considering I have been a qualified driver for about 5 years now) and passed with 1 minor fault (i thought he would be stricter as I was taking from a revoked license) but i so know he would have failed me if he wanted to, which is the problem. Why dont we do the test in a DSA car kitted out with CCTV to give people right of appeal?

  • Jim

    i failed my driven test exactly today at 3:00pm the examiner said due to “undue hesitation” bullshit!!!! that was my 2nd go anyway theres always *Next Time* just a bit pissed off was lookin forward to drivin :(!!!.

    Patience!!! it takes patience people….

  • kevin

    hi,
    uh. i was wondering wat happens if you fail ur driving test 3 times. do u have to take driver ed and get a written test and wait 6 months and get driver trainning again?
    thanks

  • Carla

    Oh dear… I failed yesterday. After driving perfectly for the past 3 weeks thinking ‘yes I’ve got it, I can do this’ there’s nothing quite like nerves to send your driving ability round the bend and up the spout. I had a lesson before hand, drove well, manoeuvres not a problem.
    It came to the test and I can safely say I don’t think I could ever drive quite so badly again. Half way through my test I did a turn in the road, perfect no problem. Then I had to reverse left round a corner now this is when it all went haywire I did something I’d never done so badly before, I mounted the kerb …no I didn’t just brush it, I went the whole way over, then I couldn’t steer out of it, then I didn’t know which way to steer and thought I was going to have a nervous breakdown. Finally managing to get out of the predicament I’d put myself in, I continued to drive off and break the speed limit doing 40mph in a 30 zone. I wished there was some way of turning the clock back but you can’t – what’s done is done. Finally getting back to the test centre and thinking ‘did I have an out of the body experience or something?’ Because I’m sure that wasn’t me driving. I waited patiently as the examiner totted up my driver errors I knew what was coming ‘I’m sorry to tell you on this occasion you’ve failed’. The word ‘failed’ was enough for me to feel my heart sink into my shoes but with a thud (I think my examiner heard it), my throat tightened as I controlled my emotions and held back the tears.
    Better luck next time.

  • hii failed today due to *undue hesitation because i wanted to let sum ppl go at around about and not moving in right or left wen i turn that ways, it was my firstb time i got 3 majours 4 minors is that ok?

  • Michelle

    I hear ya hunny… I just failed today. I’m so upset. I was so looking forward to having my license for the summer. I was unbelievably nervous, but who isn’t on the day of their road test, you know? First of all… I made sure that my hands were where they were supposed to be… speed was under the limit… and i was alert. I made the first turn good. Then, the @sshole told me to make a right at this next upcoming intersection. So, I was so nervous I just made the right… not noticing the stop sign I was so nervous. He calmly said to me that I had just went through a stop sign. I felt like an idiot. I never would have done that if I wasn’t so nervous. I can relate to you when you say that you couldn’t believe that that was you just driving… cause you would have never done that. Then, directly after that, he told me to pull up next to a car… ON A DOWNWARD HILL… and parallel park. I had practiced parallel parking in my driveway for HOURS and I had it down packed… but never on a friggin’ hill. I put it in reverse. Inside I was freaking out cause I had never parallel parked on a hill before. I went through my steps, when hitting a new step on stepping on the gas a little bit in order to get going since I was on a hill. Well, my gas is touchy so we might have backed up a little faster than we should have and I hit the curb. Now, in real life… who really parallel parks on a hill? Well, I knew I had failed so I was real pissed at myself and this pr*ck I got. I said f*ck it from then on. I really didn’t care anymore. My mind was racing. I couldn’t concentrate even if I tried. I think that if I hadn’t been so nervous and went through that stop sign, he might not have felt like being an @sshole and making me park on that hill. I’m very upset. I think it was wrong of him. He was in this “bad mood” from what I heard from some of the parents that were waiting for their children to get done with their tests. He was in a “bad mood” because I guess the first kid he got this morning gave him a hard time. 8 out of 10 kids failed before me. WOW. WHAT A D*CK.

  • Andrea

    Hi Carla been reading through all messages and yours made me laugh out loud. Failed my first test today – at ripe old age of 38. Had panic attack at reversing bay in full view of other instructors and students. You’re right about out-of-body feeling. Then I accidently set the wipers off and neither me or test lady couldn’t stop them. Like a bad sitcom. Rescue Remedies certainly didn’t work for this gal.

  • alisha

    hey i think that mood is every thing and nervousness is too. i have my driving test in couple of weeks make it 4 and im confident but who knows i have always been confident on what i do i think when you plan some thing and dont get nervous and say that yes im am going to get this thing done and pass it, thats when you know you can do it. and if you lose the confident and say forget it im not doing this again cause whats the point. No!!!! practice makes perfect and when you leave some thing people think thats it he or she is stupid enough to admit it they cant do it. just take your time on the test and go through it easily they only give you half an hour and take your time to do your msm’s for example if you do 2 msm’and it takes you 15-20 minutes then you only have at least 10 mins to do the rest so take ur time and do it and hopefully you will pass well hope i pass because im going to take my time and not rush to it.

  • watson

    I think the whole thing is a money making scam for the government i failed again yesterday.

    I was approaching a junction and the arsehole told me to find a suitable place to stop. I thought that was a bit strange becuase i was always told never to park within 10 metres of a junction anyway i said to him are you sure? He replied yes aslong as you stop before the lamp post (which was just after the junction opposite it) so i had no choice but to stop. I asked again and he said yes thats fine.

    Later he failed me for it said it was a major hazard and dangerous driving. What a load of B*llsh*t.

    So don’t worry ppl if you fail it probably isn’t your fault.

    The instructers are bent!

  • Adam

    Its a money scam, you’re damn right about that! I’ve failed twice now. The first time was understandable as I caused an oncoming car to stop on a roundabout because of me. But the second time I got 4 majors for very stupid reasons. 3 of them were completely unjustified. I think that it’s an absolute sham that we have to wait 3 months for a driving test slot (getting even longer as I write) and then be failed because the examiners are incompetent and inconsistent. Driving tests are all about luck and potential: how you perform in 40 minutes of driving under INTENSE pressure which really gets to you. Maneuvers and driving are judged on the potential of things happening: If you fail to indicate before changing lane then there is the potential that other road users around you could misjudge you and cause an accident, but was is the probability of this happening if you look in your mirrors and make sure that its safe to complete the maneuver? I think that the problem is the waiting. It’s terrifyingly painful. You should be able to book a test and get it within a couple of weeks. To solve this problem I propose private test centres, independent of the useless DSA be set up, with authorisation from the government and examiner training from the DSA.
    As soon as I pass, I’m telling the examiner that I haven’t learnt anything and that I’ll be driving my own way from now on :D

  • Sharon

    Thats awful! I would be complaining about that. My mates examiner didnt even bother to take his pen out of his pocket, made no notes and just sat with his arms crossed looking bored. At the end of the test he ticked some random bits on the sheet and failed her. I think its best just not to take things personally, its not fair but dont let the b***ers get you down eh?! Im on test no2 tomorow and just gonna do my best (with shaking hands and a churning stomach!)im taking Kalms herbal pills which are really good, you need to take them for 2-3 days to get in your system and i also hear bananas are good because they contain pottassium (which supposedly helps nerves)My last examiner was really nice so they aint all bad, good luck everyone!!

  • Sam

    I failed my test today, the moment he said i failed i went numb inside, my throat tightened as i listened to the chief examiner tell me what happened ‘UNDUE HESITATION’ 1X Serious Fault :( and 4X Minors i mean what is undue hesitation i stopped at a roundabout for longer than was neccesary he says, the thing is due to the fact that there where other people coming around the roundabout and i didn’t feel it was safe to go i get failed! However if i had gone i probably would have failed and caused an accident! On road once i have passed my test if i came up to the situation i would stop and wait till i felt it was clear enough and safe enough to go simply because i am quite a cautious would be driver. So what gives him the right to fail me simply because i was being cautious and felt it was unsafe to go!

  • Lindsay

    I’m from America, and we have private testing, in fact the government does not test you anymore. I assume you are from England because you used the term roundabout. Our tests are pretty much the same as yours though. I just failed for the second to time today. This time for a rolling stop. The first tome I failed because I had no idea what was on the test and I did’nt know you had to back into a parking space and I had never done that before. Hopefully third times a charm. I fell better after reading your post. I wish I had the balls to tell the instructor I’m gonna drive however after I get my license.

  • Ben

    People who dont pass first time should not be allowed to drive. simple as.

    *Admin Note:* _I don’t usually do this, but since it’s a special occasion: Ben is my little brother who did pass first time, and is therefore in the time-honoured sibling tradition of “taking the piss”, or “Shit stirring”. so you *don’t need to reply*._
    _Comment edited by aquarion 2005-08-06t09:34_

  • Peter

    I know exactly what you mean, I’ve failed twice now and on my first test I was failed for that undue hesitation crap. What a load of incompetant pricks.

  • Fred

    People who pass 1st tme need locking up as they too cocky and kill ppl i failed 2nd time cos stupid instrucktor said that i lost control and hit a bike stupid bike was on the pavement anyway so he deserved it

  • Ray

    I think you need to grow up.
    It’s probably people like you that causes accidents for being too cocky.

    Get a life dickhead

  • ~~*Liz*~~

    That is bullshit….there was this guy once who lived by me and he passed first time and guess wot, a few months later he crashed into our garden wall and nearly killed someone as well as himself. Therefore, how can you say that ppl who dont pass first time should not be allowed to drive?! There are soooo many contributing factors that could cause someone to fail: Weather conditions, idiot drivers on the road and EXTREME pressure. So im sorry if those who dont pass first time are not egotistical idiots, but some people actually get nervous and actaully have bad luck. Most people are not ‘perfect’ so therefore im classing you’re statement as invalid…

    Liz xx
    p.s No offense lol!!

  • Mike

    Grow up you bloody fool.

  • steve

    Your a prick, simple as

  • nick

    fuck off u gobshite, y should we have to pass 1st time to be roadworthy-that is so generalised. u mite as well be a fuckin rascist sayin that all asians are terrorists or sumthin u prick. if i knew where u lived id burn ure house down for that comment or even justify ure comment that “if ppl dont pass 1st time they shouldnt be on the road” by mowing down ure mum in a car that im driving…oops ure right!

  • Mandorallen

    It took me a number of tests to pass. My instructor was simply confused, since as far as he was concerned, I had been ready 6 weeks before my 1st test. When I was out with him, I’d drive perfectly. All my manoeuvres were great.
    It just seemed that on the test, something went wrong. Every time. He couldn’t understand it.

    The only explaination I’ve evr managed to come up with is that I was under extra pressure cos most of my friends had all ready passed their tests.

    People who don’t pass first time are normal. Those who do, are lucky bastards. :-p

  • ben

    WHAT?! You are kidding?!

  • Kim

    Hi everyone, I totally sympathize with you all. The first time I took my test I just went loopy,the minute I got in the car I forgot everything I mean everything, stupid things like what gear to go in at what junction…it was crazy! I failed with 6 majors and god knows how many minors! It completely put me off doing my test.. I booked 3 more tests and cancelled them all cos I was so scared of a repeat performance. In the end I finally went for my second test and it was so different. I had been taking something called gelsemium on recommendation of my driving instructor( you can get it at boots, it calms nerves) and it was like a miracle I totally chilled, they make you feel drunk but you can still function. It was wierd cos I was still nervous but not stomach churning so. I got in the car and I was so calm I drove better then I’ve ever drove.. I was possessed by a good driver this time and I passed with just 5 minors!
    The point is when the time is right it’s right,but if anyone suffers from real bad nerves then I really recommend gelsemium, it’s a herbal remedy available at boots and it takes the edge off your nerves so you can focous! brilliant! : )
    If your not sure try it out on one driving lesson…u need to be taking it for one week before your test ( 6*2 first day then 4*2 for the next 6 days)!
    Kim x

  • Dory

    I just an hour ago failed my test for not looking behind when reversing into a bay. everyting else even rain and hail when i first started driving then the rain and hailed stopped just as i was coming back and i had passed until i apparently didnt look behind. I hope i pass on my second test as i cant afford any more. The instructor i had was a woman and she was so moody, i tried to make a joke but she just said nothing and when she wanted me to turn left or right it was as if there was no effort at all to even saying it. She didnt even ask she just said ‘Turn left, Turn right’ but i only failed at the end for apparently not looking behind when i reversed in to a parking space.

  • David

    stupid driving test. failed 3 times now! 1st time its kinda normal to fail. 2nd time was a bit annoying, but still 3rd time lucky. failed 3rd time, really annoyed! got exams comin up. might just leave it.
    examiners hate me! and we live in the hardest place to pass!

  • Dory

    I have finally PASSED my test on Weds 19th May 2004. As you can see from my other comment i failed my first with a moody examiner, but this time i had a man who talked to me through the test and made me feel at ese and i felt confortable (not like that) but i felt like i was just having another driving lesson with someone else. My first test with that woman i had 11 Points and this time when passing with the male examiner i only got 4 points…. i know 4 points. Technically i only got 3 for Driving because i got one point for answering the mechanic question at the beginning, he asked me a question about the steering and my mind went blank because i was so nervous. Plus my first test it was hailing and chucking it down with rain, but when passing it was sunny and blasing hot.

  • Kelli

    I totally agree, i just failed my 3rd test the other day and my instructer- bless her is also baffled because she knows that i am a good driver.

    The only thing i can think if is that i am putting a lot of pressure on myself to pass because most of my close friends have and i feel out of place. I do believe that it’s better to be a safe driver than a cocky one and so i feel that if i fail, it will only make me a better driver when i pass. Also on a bad day, i REALLY hate examiners, stories of them understanding that you are nervous is strictly not true, they are so serious and usually cold and so that makes you doubly nervous on the test

  • Kelli

    I totally agree! I failed on my 3rd attempt the other day and i was feeling the nerves 4 days before the test. I’ve placed far too much importance to passing my driving test and i feel that i’m putting too much pressure on myself because friends have passed. My instructor was shocked -bless her, she couldn’t see any reason for me failing because she says that i can drive, i can only blame nerves and horrid examiners. On my first couple of tests the examiners were like victorian school headmasters, so i don’t believe the saying that they “want to put you at ease” Anyway, think positively, more you have to take your test, the better driver you’ll be, i REALLY believe that!

  • Adam

    I failed first time for cutting up a car on a roundabout, understandable but get this the second time i failed for leaving my signal on when he asked me to pull up on the side of a road! I spent

  • Gemma

    I completely agree about the nob who said about not being able to drive if you don’t pass first time. What is your problem mate? I took my test today and failed and am very gutted, but I am willing to practise and practise hard and pass next time. If all our lives we go thinking: oh no i’ve failed, i’m a failure, let’s give up and die a failre, instead of thinking: let’s try again and succeed, then that’s a pretty crappy world/life.
    Altogether it’s about what happens on the day and in some wasys i think the whole testing system is silly because u could get some loony who is extra good in that 40 mins and passes, and then a rly good driver who gets nervous and unlucky and fails. i wish there were another way of doing it so u could be tested along the course of driving and along a duration of time instead of one 40 min slot where anything can happen. I was extremely unlucky – 6 majors!! i couldn’t believe it. I was so unhappy, i really thought i would not do that badly at all but my nerves just got the better of me. best of luck to anyone taking their test soon – don’t let your nerves beat you, keep calm!! xxxx

  • Gemma

    I completely agree about the nob who said about not being able to drive if you don’t pass first time. What is your problem mate? I took my test today and failed and am very gutted, but I am willing to practise and practise hard and pass next time. If all our lives we go thinking: oh no i’ve failed, i’m a failure, let’s give up and die a failure, instead of thinking: let’s try again and succeed, then that’s a pretty crappy world/life.
    Altogether it’s about what happens on the day and in some ways i think the whole testing system is silly because u could get some loony who is extra good in that 40 mins and passes, and then a rly good driver who gets nervous and unlucky and fails. i wish there were another way of doing it so u could be tested along the course of driving and along a duration of time instead of one 40 min slot where anything can happen. I was extremely unlucky – 6 majors!! i couldn’t believe it. I was so unhappy, i really thought i would not do that badly at all but my nerves just got the better of me. best of luck to anyone taking their test soon – don’t let your nerves beat you, keep calm!! xxxx

  • I don’t want to be unkind, but 6 serious faults doesn’t sound particularly unlucky to me.

    As for “anything can happen”, this is true of driving after you’ve passed your test, too, and you just have to deal with it. Nobody else /ever/ makes you fail your test.

  • Johnny

    Well i have my test in the morning. It will be my 2nd time. 1st time round i had a female examiner in which i got 18 minors and 2 serious. My nerves were out of control, she asked me where do i switch on the headlights…my mind went blank, i couldnt believe it. Anyhow…lessons are too expensive…taking a driving test is too expensive so im hoping, fingers crossed, with about 50 hours worth of driving that ill pass.

  • Gemma

    how did you do jonny? did u pass? i hope so!

  • lilsweety

    I had my first driving test today and to be honest I wasnt 100% confident and I didnt quite know what to expect from the examiners until I was there. I failed with 3 majors and several minors. But I feel a bit shit since Iv had approx 60 lessons over 4 years. As soon as the test began the nerves kicked in big time.

    I got my 2 questions correct…soooo easy. But once that was out of the way and I was driving I made mistakes I dont usually make. Mistakes that could have easily been avoided if I just had a bit more confidence and more concentration. It was pretty hot too, which didnt help (not blamin weather though). My 3 majors were: messed up on my parallel parking, observation/ not looking left as turning into a road, and when having to pull over in a safe place, for not being close enough to the curb. However this wasnt the case all the time. I was asked to do this several times during the test and I know I got it right most of the time. I felt so gutted but at the same time the final result was expected.

    However the most frustrating thing was , was that the nice examiner told me at the end of the test he felt I was a good driver but the nerves got the better of me. :(

    Oh well better luck next time I guess. Iv now booked my test for next month. Hopefully I learn from this experience and pass :)

  • Johnny

    I passed this time with only 2 minors. Passed Tuesday 25th of Jan and recieved a letter from the Police 2 days later for a stupid mistake i made…drove my friends car in October and got caught. No license at the time, no insurance, and speeding on a motorway @ 106mph… He was in the car at the time however :(

    I will be going to court 22nd of Feb 05, i hope they just take my license off me for a year or so rather than making me do everything again.

    I wish i never did it : (

  • gem

    well actually i passed last week with only 5 minors and i cant improve that much in just 2 months so it is luck

  • zouzou

    My driving test is next week and I am finding the reverse round a corner quite difficult I am struggling with turning points, as it seems to me that every corner I use is different from the previous one. Any tips on turning points will be extreeeemely welcomed!!!

  • disco

    got me test saturday mornin, well early so hopfully b less traffic. i ad a great lesson today but jus depends on the day i think.

  • Big A

    try and do it by ‘feeling’ rather than specific reference points. you can tell if you are too close / too far away that way.

    but what do i know i have failed twice!! first time one serious and one minor, second time one serious and two minors…. so dont you all talk to me about luck!!

  • Lauren

    Hiya!

    Im not sure whether you have passed your test yet or not! I unfortunately haven’t been successful in passing and have got my 3rd test booked for 2 weeks time!

    When it comes 2 a reverse around the corner, try to go a couple of car lengths in from the junction as then you have plenty of time to show the examiner your observation before your steering. I’ve had a reverse around the corner on both of my tests now and i do as follow.

    They will tell you to pull over and explain that they want you to pull into the next turning and so you will need to park just after the turning. Remember to check your middle mirror, indicate left, break and leave your car in a parking position against the kerb. Handbreak, neutral, cancel signal. First gear,get your bite, 6 point check and because its in reverse you start on your right hand side and finish on your left. The best advice i can offer for this monouver is to get your car to go as slow as possible as most people will fail on observation when doing this monouvere. Remember that 90% of observation is meant to be out the back window so always focus out your back window but remember your right shoulder check when steering to the left to follow the kerb as you need to stop and give way to any approaching vehicles and your bonnet will be pointing out to the right. Use your left wing mirror to follow the kerb, glancing in that and over your right shoulder every now and then. You will NOT fail if you snake it (where you zig zag in and out of the road) as long as when you finish you are on your side of the road. Remember you dont necessarily want to finish in a parking position. Uusually when you have gone around the corner and are going straight they will tell you to stop!

    I hope this helps!

  • Laura

    Failed today 10 minors, one serious fault for stalling the car whilst doing the turn in the road???

    Really unfair, I think.

  • Failed yesterday, the test was near perfect the very best I could have asked for, great weather very little traffic I had the two maneuvers I wanted (turn in the road and bay park) and I failed because in the last 5 min of test coming up to a junction a learner driver (like me) was turning right and instead of going round of him I hesitated then paused to let him turn right first (there was no on coming traffic so I thought he would go strait away) but as a learner he had hesitated too! so he didn’t go straight away so I was waiting behind him for a fair bit before he turned and I could continue… was really wound up because I know I am more than ready for my test and that was the only thing I did wrong on my whole test grrrrrr

  • Anna

    hi, i failed for the fourth time yesterday. It is a terrible way for the government to make money! I didnt realise that stalling was a serious faut. I was at a junction, gears fine and the car stalled! It was serious because the stupid prat behind me drove round me! It wasn’t even my fault! The examiner said that it shouldnt have stalled and that i am a really good driver-but he still failed me! I only got5 minors! The cheek! Its so unfair!! I wish there was somewhere peoplecould appeal to!

  • ben

    i just wanna say i’m the cocky basterd that said “if you dont pass first time you shouldnt be allowed on the road” and i stand by it.
    To the people who jus blindly took the piss outta me for nothin I dont know who you are and i dont care, you didnt have to get personal but you did, so here we go, you are all a bunch of poo stabbing, scared pedestrians, yeah. and i come on this site because normally it doesnt have any wankers talking about how they failed their driving test.
    Had to get that off my chest.
    Initially, it was a joke. But i think fundamentally what i mean is, some people are good at it, and those who are’nt need to practice more than them. In some cases alot more.
    You need to relax in the car, know your surroundings, and always look to whats happening in the distance.

  • Nikki

    Look ok lets get one thing straight, you cannot say people who dont pass first time shouldnt be aloud on the road (the examiners are the most fussy fuckers in the world) for example for a seroius thought I signalled and then looked in my mirror when really u mirror signal (BUT THAT DOESNT MEAN IM NOT SAFE IT IS JUST THE STUPID DAM RULES) I STILL LOOKED TO SEE IF ANYONE WAS COMING) i just failed mine im 17 and rather hurt everyone knows hw much they wana pass (ignore the examiners they are idoits

  • Lindsay

    OK plain and simple, you are a cocky asshole dick MOTHERFUCKER!!! It’s ok to fail your drivers test. Some people are not mechanically incline, which can make it harder to driver. Your car is a machine. And some people have a harder time learning how to operate that machine. You can fail ten times, it does’nt matter. It just means you had a harder time getting it down pat. In fact it might make you a better driver because you have been though the motions so many times. It’s cocky assholes like that get to overconfident and end up getting in a horrific car accident. Oh well, I’ll ship you some flowers when your in the hospital.

  • Lindsay

    BTW,I’m soo impressed with your language skills. We’re all a bunch of poo stabbing, scared pedestrians. It’s amazing how you can pass your drivers test on the first try, but you cannot come up with better insults. My advice, pay more attention to English class and pay less attention to driving. For F$^k sake, you are English, your country invented the English language. At least the people who failed have a better grasp on the language than you.

  • Ben D

    Ben. Dont talk shit mate. Ive been driving on the roads for 3 months (off road for 9 years) and just failed for not looking over my shoulder when moving off from a standstill. So for you to say people like me shouldnt drive, is a very stupid comment.

  • ben

    fuk u. ‘feel your way’ ??? You look at the road ahead and work your way back from the farthest point looking for potential obsticals and difficult situations to try to pre-empt and avoid those incidents.
    While tryin to go as fast as you can from a to b.

  • Ali Barker

    hey everyone, i was upset cos i failed for my second time today and thought i would just look somethin up bout failing driving tests and i found this. I actually member looking at this before my first test. lol anywayz today i got 5 minors and 1 serious i was on a roundabout and well someone cut infront of the pathway of the people to the right of me so i thought i could go, but obv i couldn;t so yup i got a serious. My manouvers were perfect! and i got the ones i wanted, not the dreaded reverse round the corner which is wat i failed my first test on. my first test omg it was just like i did the manouvers first, ya know he asked me to do em early on in the test and i was asked to do the o so wonderful reverse round the corner…i hit the curb and then some stupid woman came from behind stops and starts beepin! its like hello i am a learner and can;t you see the man next to me in his flourescent vest i am in a test!! grr and so i tell her to go past and she doesn;t grrr ah well my driver instructor later pointed out i could have asked to do it again grrr so annoying. got ma next test booked for the 28th hope i pass! good luck to anyone takin there test, its not as easy as it seems and people who pass first time are lucky ! cos anything can happen and those who fail are the unlucky ones

  • Dan

    Yep I agree with ali above.

    This does seem to be a good site to get things off your chest so i will do lol. I took my test today and you guessed it, failed. I got 11 minors and a 1 serious, but here is where the luck factor comes in, i was waiting at a junction to turn right behind a trail of cars and when the lights changed the trail started slowly moving so i was just following the car ahead, i had enough time to go through but obviously on your test you have to play exactly by the rules so i guess i should have stopped but it was hardly the worst error in the world, i felt like he could have ignored it really and added a minor but there you go.

    It really is all about the luck, if i had been tunring left and not right it wouldnt have been a problem, and if i hadnt been at the back of a trail of cars i wouldnt have been pushing my time to get across. More annoying was that i got bay park and left reverse which are arguably the hardest and passed them fine.

    Oh well i’m sure i’ll get it next time and if not i’ll be taking out a bloody bank loan lol

  • leanne

    HI I just failed my driving test for thhe second time today, and to tell ya the truth i still don’t get why i failed both of them, THe first time i got 5 minors and one serious because I was doing a left reverse and there was a car cuming down the road behind me so i paused and he held back for me to continue so i did getting a serious… bollox. i just failed my second time with 12 minors ( hmmm your thinking me to as the last minute my 2 minors in one catagory got turned into a major) i thought you were allowed three and the women couldn’t really explain her reasons for doing this or asked me if i wanted my instructor present while she attempted to explain it. im pissed off i just spent

  • jim

    Tsk, Jason, I know you passed first time, so your opinions don’t count.

  • meow

    i just failed my 2nd one.. wut do u have to do if u fail ur 3rd one?

  • Jason

    There’s a ritual you have to do involving pointy sticks and a cheese grater. Call the DSA on 0870 0101 372 and they’ll explain in detail.

    — Jason (passed fifth time)

  • carly

    hey im about to go for my third test now. im 25 this year. i know i will cry if i dont get it.

  • Mark

    I failed second time this morning, because i drove at 30mph past parked cars and because i stopped abruptly at the traffic lights. I can’t help but feel robbed.

  • Kelly

    hey evry1!!! ino how some of u feel… tests are soo hard 2 pass and sumtymz u do get robbed!! ive failed 4tymz… i feel soo stupid!! all 4tymz i feel lyk i shud hav passed but i think ive jus bin unlucky an unda pressure!! 1st test i took i ddnt feel that ready realli but thought id give it a go.. evrythin went fyn i got 3minors in the test altogether but literally 30seconds from the end of the test i went in2 the rong lane at a passing place!! :@ 4rt id kick myself wen i realised wot i did!! afta this i was so determined.. 2nd tym il get it….! got 5minors this tym… 1 major for stalling! i was at traffic lights on a hill and was the 1st car.. wen they went green i went to go an stalled.. sorted evryfin out propli as ur supposed 2 but the examiner sed tht the car behind had gon 2 go an had2 emergency break!! this was my reason for failing!! how irritating!! 3rd tym.. i was unda alot of pressure from me parents 2 pass as they were gettin fed up of driving me around… this test was at a different test center.. i went ther all calm.. 4rt id do fyn as i nu tht i was a gd driver.. this tym got 2minors an 1 major! wen i was doin me reverse rnd corna a car had come.. i stopped lyk u supposed 2 but he sed i shud hav gon bk2 the beginning coz i was stickin out a little!! :@ how annoyin!! 4th tym i jus felt lyk a loser… if i ddnt pass this tym what was the point!! this tym got 4minors an a major 4 making a car slow dwn… dnt rememba wer or when i did it an at wot point on the test!!! i jus feel lyk givin up now!! im determined 2 pass but i jus feel lyk its gettin slightly rediculous!! i ope all u lot hav beta luck than ive had!!!

  • ali barker

    hey y’all i just thought i would say i FINALLY passed, third time omg i was sooooooooo scared 8 minors thank god! good luck to everyone

  • se

    haha i passed second time with 3 minors, was a doddle, i failed my first test cos of speeding lol, did 35 in a 30, an only got 2 minors. When i took the test today i saw the guy hoo failed me last time, but thank god he didnt call my name out, cos he was such a fuckin odd man. The dude i had today was a lad, and thank fuck i passed today i wudda been right royally pissed off had i not. Driving on own is great…u’ll all pass ur tests, jst take deep breaths wen ur feelin stressed, and if u think uve failed, dont throw it away, cos u mite not have.

  • I had the exact same problem as you guys, during the test i turned really jittery and hessitant, which is totally unlike me, im normally really good in exam conditions. and the worst thing of all is that the examiner started asking questions about my job and of course i began having a 45 minute long conversation with him about my part time poker playing career. and i enjoy nothing in the world more than talking about poker.

    So i was on the final straight and i was talking about pot odds to him and how to calculate them (it’s a poker thing) when he told me to turn right (it was a 90 degree turn to the right, which of course as you all know should be done in second) now of course at this point i was paying no attention to what gear i was in or anything so i moseyed on down to the turn in fourth gear, thinking i was in second. as I had to stop i put it into first (which actually was third) and then turned right stalled the engine and another car turned around a corner and had to perform an emergency stop. NnGHHHH!

  • sue

    hi every 1!! iv got my 4th test on thursday, iv been told im a good driver but wen it comes to test my nerves just go! i failed my 1st test by 1 minor!! couldn’t believe it ever since that test iv been doing worse and worse coz im so nervous about making mistakes, examiners suck he should of passed me on that 1st test, one of my m8s passed 1st time today hes only had 20 lessons iv had about 40! i really feel like giving up now gonna give it this last shot an see how i do. good luck every one!!

  • patrick

    i failed my first driving test.weeks before the test i was telling myself all the time that i would fail so that i will not feel too bad if really failed on the test. it works – because i failed lol!my instructor a bit sad.i kept on telling him im fine or “well lets do it again”.but no matter how painful it is there is always a failure.

    everyone is right.we feel robed.some examiners are really cold and i have to say BULLSHIT!

    i spent a lot of money already.but we have to keep moving.carry on.its better to try and do it wether its a fail or a pass and not doing it at all.hopefully i will pass next time.

  • patrick

    i failed my first driving test.weeks before the test i was telling myself all the time that i would fail so that i will not feel too bad if really failed on the test. it works – because i failed lol!my instructor a bit sad.i kept on telling him im fine or “well lets do it again”.but no matter how painful it is there is always a failure.

    everyone is right.we feel robed.some examiners are really cold and i have to say BULLSHIT!

    i spent a lot of money already.but we have to keep moving.carry on.its better to try and do it wether its a fail or a pass and not doing it at all.hopefully i will pass next time.

  • RAH!!!!

    i passed my test last wed morning wit 4 minors!!!! aint got a c ar yet, cant really be botherd to look!!just glad to av gotten it out of the way.

    dont give up, u’ll get there in the end!

  • justme

    I have my test tomorrow. The difference with me is that I’m 30 years old, have a foreign license already but have to take it here for a full manual license. I already took a full bike test here. I have 14 odd years of driving under my belt already. But i will say that the tests in this country are by FAR the hardest! After reading what all you went thru, I am really not looking forward to this. Mainly cos I feel like an old dog — i *know* how to drive – just not the crap, unrealistic DVLA way which has NO bearnig on real life driving. I already have an automatic license so it’s no biggie if i dont get this but i will be VERY pissed off If i dont. I’m worried about really stupid crap, like not getting the signals right, or this “hesitation” crap. I’ll let you guys know tomorrow after 2pm.

  • justme

    I have my test tomorrow. The difference with me is that I’m 30 years old, have a foreign license already but have to take it here for a full manual license. I already took a full bike test here. I have 14 odd years of driving under my belt already. But i will say that the tests in this country are by FAR the hardest! After reading what all you went thru, I am really not looking forward to this. Mainly cos I feel like an old dog — i *know* how to drive – just not the crap, unrealistic DVLA way which has NO bearnig on real life driving. I already have an automatic license so it’s no biggie if i dont get this but i will be VERY pissed off If i dont. I’m worried about really stupid crap, like not getting the signals right, or this “hesitation” crap. I’ll let you guys know tomorrow after 2pm.

  • Hey i just did 30 mins of my test perfectly only 1 fault then in the last 10 mins he asked me to parallel park and while i was slowing down to stop a car came round the corner. I saw him straight away and saw that he was stopping for me, so i just stopped and he got quite angry and said i had made a serious fault for not indicating. To be honest no one has ever told me that you should indicate when stopping next to a car before a parallel park, but fair enough he was right. So anyway that was 1 serious fault, so i started my manouver, was doing ok and another bloody car came from the front and starting rolling really slowly towards me. So I waited for him to stop and the instructor then told me off for stopping too long. I did the maneuver perfectly but was now shaking like a rampant rabbit in jo brand’s bed chamber. Then cos i was so nervous i messed up my gears making the car bunny hop down the road (2 minor), then i turned left but had my car in the right position of the road (1 serious) then i came off a roundabout and didn’t take off my signal (1 serious) couple of other errors and ended up with 3 serious and 5 minors and up until 30 mins i just assumed i was going to pass. Thing is i wasn’t nervous till i made that first mistake and then i just turned to a pathetic dribbling cabbage unable to concentrate on anything. Moral of the story is it’s just experience and luck on the day. If I hadn’t of made that first serious then there is no reason why I wouldn’t have continued on the way i was already. Also that was my first time so i didn’t really know what to expect. And i feel a bit better knowing that others have had very similar experiences. I dont dispute the examiners decision though, i get the feeling he wanted to pass me but i did royally mess it up at the end and i dont think it should be easy to pass first time, otherwise we would have alot of cocky drivers. I would defo be cocky if i had of passed first time.

  • ~Anon~

    I failed within the first five minutes of my test! The following half hour was pure torture.

  • Charlie_*

    Hi, I would just like to say I have my first ever driving test on the 10th August, just over 2 weeks away and i’m really nervous =( I have had 50 lessons and I do feel ready but i’m so not confident! Any tips on how I can beat the nerves? =) Good luck to every one you will pass! xxxxxxxx

  • JustMe

    Passed first go, thank god. only 1 minor — late signal which is debatable but i’ll give it to him. Did my left reverse around a corner really well and he didn’t even ask for an emergency stop, parallel park or turn in the road — just 1 manoever. It was pretty much just driving which was nice.

    So, that’s out of the way. Worst bit was the leading up to it. Good luck to the rest!

  • brooke jordan

    hi, i just failed on my first test! everything was fine until i got onto the duel carigway and i couldnt get into 5th gear. so i drove at 60 miles per hour in 3rd gear! what an idiot! blonde or what!!!!!!!!!!! after that everything went tits up….

  • Gina

    omg ive failed 2nd time 2day!!! it was the most biggest pile of shit eva and again it wasnt really major!!!
    on my 1st test i got 5 minors and 1 serious fault which was that sum bitch in a F***in BMW tried to overtake me going down a slip road – but get this we had already passed the overtaking bit so then i didnt know wah to do…. apparently i shud av slowed down… which i did think would av been the sensible option lol but today i failed with again 5 minors and this time 2 serious faults! them being i didnt look left wen doing my turn in a road… but thats the whole point of the manoever observation as well as the manoever… n i knew i looked, cuz thats wah ur supposed to f***in do!! n the other one was for not looking left wen coming back into the left lane after overtaking! i was like wah??? i sooo did though thats y it pisses me off cuz u know u look or do something but cuz they never saw u do it its an automatic fail!! GRRR im so angry,,, n now next test ent till jan 3rd 2006!!!! thats another

  • not again

    just failed for the second time.

    this is riducluous: the first time I only got 2 mistakes in the whole test, 1 minor 1 major, and the major was because I didn’t stop at a zebra crossing- some stupid women was just standing next to it looking the other way! so I slowed right down, no reaction, and went.FAIL.

    second time i made 1 mistake in the whole test, a major because I was ‘posistioned too far to the left of a one way road when turning right onto the main road’. is that really worth a fail?
    even the examiner said apart from that it was one of the best drives he’d seen. same as he said the first time.

    I’m getting hacked off because I can drive well, have been for years and keep getting done for these stupid faults. yet a girl i know passed this morning with 15 minors!!! Tot up the mistakes: who’s the safer driver?

  • jamie stuart

    OH MY GOD
    failed for the second time today. feel like a shite with no legs right now. first time i failed because i scuffed the kerb on the reverse round corner. also the wankshaft failed me cause i accelerated too quickly from a 30 into a 40. 2 majors 4 minors.
    second time around , same fckin fat examiner!!!everything went perfect this time rite until he took me to a fuckin country round. we approached a junction(about to turn left) i looked rite an saw the national spped limit sign so when i turned left i acclerated towards 60. little did i know it was a bloody 30!!!! my fists were nearly raised when he said jamie this is a 30.he could of let me off !!11!, I MEAN THAT STRECTH OF ROAD ONMLY LASTED A TINY BIT AND THERE WAS NO FUCKIN SPPED LIMIT SIGN. ONLY 2 MINORS

    I AM JUST DESTINED TO BE UNLUCKY IN TESTS.
    wanker

  • Dave

    listen love straight up im a 21 year old lad and i passed on my third go today you just have to keep cool straight up its a shame that alchol is not legal but honest just keep cool you will fucking crack i promise. if not i promise i will take you out ot dinner and show what the world is like (lol)

  • Nick

    Just to let u know there is a huge difference in the pass rates of different test centres. One place in Scotland has like a 72% pass rate compared to a place in reading with 27% pass rate. This shows what a lottery this damn driving test is.

    You can find the pass rates of every centre in the country by doing a google search and then booking your test accordingly. Good luck – dont let the buggers get u down !

  • Matt

    i failed today!!! first time!!! really nice examiner, but i failed coz of observation on my maneuvers!!! I did look around, i knew no-one was coming, the guy didnt even move his head round to look…. in fact retract my comment about him being a nice examiner… the prick

  • Ben Weston

    I’m so nervous! I’ve got my test tomorrow at 1:30pm in Norwich (Norfolk!) I’m so worried about missing a mirror or forgetting to check a blindspot or something. And I’ve been reading about “Undue Hesitation” or something which scares me a little! I really hope I can come back tomorrow night and say I’ve passed but after all friends’ experiences and those of many people on here, I can almost safely say I shan’t be. Gah. Just gotta get through on only minors – let’s hope my examiner’s feeling generous!

  • emma

    i failed today (1st time) and it was because i did 35mph in a 30 zone. the only reason i did that was because i couldn’t see anything, nevermind road signs to see what the speed was becuase of the low rising sun shinning in my eyes. the examiner was my brothers ex driving teacher when he was leaning and my dad talked to him a couple weeks ago about my driving. i didnt think he was now an examiner. he took me to a place that i never been before… its my dads cash that paid for his house extention. to$$er! got 1 serious and 3 minors!

    talk about being in the Christmas Spirit!

    my friend passed her test a cuple of days ago and she cant stop going on about it, she doesnt know ive taken mine…. not going to tell her either!

    so those who have failed… its hard thing to hear… but like the saying goes ‘what doesnt hurt us makes us strong!’ Corny saying … but TRUE!

  • Kent

    SNAP!!

    4 TESTS,4 FAILS, NEXT ONE 2MORO

    1ST: 1 SERIOUS, 1 MINOR
    2ND: 1 SERIOUS, 2 MINORS
    3RD: 1 SERIOUS, 4 MINORS
    4TH: 1 SERIOUS, ZERO MINORS

    AND A LOT OF MONEY SPENT IN THE PROCESS

    luck needed 2moro for sure!!

  • Rachel

    It’s such a relief to see that someone else has had so many attempts at passing their driving test. Today, I just failed my 4th test. It was absolutely the worst weather conditions. The test checklist was filled with ticks and 3 serious faults. I don’t know what happened on the last test I only got one serious fault for reversing round a corner, and 3 minors, so near to passing and today I completely messed it up. It started when turning left from the test centre. A car flies out of no where from my left leading me to slam down on the brakes. Then, it just goes from bad to worse. Nerves…..Also the examiner was so fat that I felt restricted when using the gears. His layers were pouring over the seat to his right. As everyone else has highlighted on this site. Examiners are not blessed with good communication skills. Mine, today, did not put me at my ease, and I guess the prerequisit is to be moody. I am a nurse and if I were to treat a member of the general public like that heads would roll, and whats more we are paying for it.
    Anyway, thats my little rant. Nice to know alot of people have a similar experience. Just gotta get back on that horse, as they say!!

  • mike

    yep.. i failed today… 2nd time.. it kinds sucks… but next time eh

    i wonder why we feel so bad after we fail? it must be due to letting ones self down..

    if i dont pass third time.. i might give up

  • poppy

    Yeah i failed for the 2nd time today. Its really annoying because i CAN drive, just those stupid examiners put you under so much pressure. i kinda feel like just giving up aswell, but i guess that would be a waste:(

  • lauren d

    i failed for th 2nd time today, what a pile of shite. failed for indicating too early!! wat! cum on to fuk ! i jst h8 th bastard for taslking to me as if he was a gd guy. he was a bad bad man

  • Baani

    Poppy dont even think of giving up. I know someone who took the test 13 times. So go for it. I’m giving my 5th test in Macclesfield and its so frustrating when you know you can drive and dont pass.
    I’m gonna try some Rescue Remedy this time.

  • Rick

    i failed to day for indicating too late they so picky i onli got 3 minors :@

  • Yanosh

    Just a few notes for you soon to be drivers:-

    I passed my test 5th time, and like everyone who fails, the reasons were all bollocks (but of course that goes without saying!) Anyway, if you too are failing, please dont despiar…

    1) If you balls up in the test dont presume you’ve failed. On my 5th successful attempt i hit the kerb reversing and forgot to check for oncoming traffic…yet still i passed, so stay calm, DONT PANIC!

    2)If your unsure what to do in a tricky situation, ASK for clarification from the examiner…BUT NOT DIRECTION (cos that would constitute a fail), for example…rather than saying ‘what lane do i have to be in?’ , alternatively say ‘this lane?’

    3)This may sound like a pile of shit, and it probably is..but its worth mentioning. I’ve been told that the DSA are clamping down on young boys driving due to all the negative press they’ve been recently subjected to. Think about what your wearing, trying not to stereotype here, but commenting on experience, wear a scarf or something to tell them that your not a yobby speeding out of control careless bastard.. i did that 5th time , and i passed, so just maybe its an influence (i know it shouldnt be)

    4) DONT SMOKE before the exam, and if you cant refrain, chew gum (and spray) Its all about impressions… examiners dont want to be sat in a car with a smelly smoker (thats me).. so if you must freshen up after ur fag… i imagine it isnt pleasent for non smokers

    5) Strike convo with the examiner…and if u need to, bullshit!! Dont tell them your a serial rapist (NOT ME!) or convicted thief (again not me) Tell them your off to uni and a hardworking individual….

    I know the advice ive given is just about impressions, looks, education…but unfortunately thats what the whole sysytem is about…its not about HOW you drive, but HOW u drive in that 40 minutes of the exam.. Its a total farse, superficial bollox,,. and you never know… the smell of your breath (as petty as the timing of your indication) can mean the difference between a pass and a fail…

    AND ONE MORE thing,,, dont go for the sympathy vote (i.e ”look im so nervous, please take pite on me) … it wont wash and i know so many people who have tried that and ended up disappointed…. they’re much more impressed by confidence and enthusuasm.. so try and find it people…TRY not to let them get to you CONVINCE yourself that they’re lovely amicable souls (takes some convincing i know) Attitude is a huge componenet…and feeling like a failure b4 you’ve even set off wont help…

    anyway…there you go… take my advice on board if you wish ..I did all this on my penultimate test.. i smiled…chatted…freshened up… feigned confidence and just went for it… and i passed with 1 debatable minor (something about my explanation on tyre pressure)- i never have been mechanically minded

    So just go for it drivers…Persist, persevere, dont become disheartened and NEVER give up…you WILL do it…im yet to encounter anyone who hasnt…but it takes will power

    Good luck

    Chris

  • James

    I just failed my 1st test yesterday. There is no worse feeling in the world. I have to wait a week to retake it, damn i hope i pass. This is going to be the longest week of my life. All the things i did wrong were completely out of nerves… just simple rookie mistakes. I feel pretty confident now because i know how EASY the test actually is, i was expecting it to be much longer than it was. Anyway, good luck everyone, i hope u all pass your next one.

  • Liz

    No do despair. Just failed 4th test this morning for not being far enough left on a roundabout. Meaning I wasn’t up the kerb. If you use the word ’round’ loosely. Driving examiners are bastards. Absolute bastards. This was the same guy who failed me on no.2 because he didn’t see me look in my wing mirror coming onto the dual carriageway. It would have been better if I could have stopped crying in the car on the way back. That was just embarrassing, but I am so fed up I don’t care. I have worked out that in the course of the last year I have spent

  • Georgie

    hey ppl, jus failed my 3rd test 2day… this really sucks! i’m nt gna giv up yet tho im rebookin 2nite & will hopefully gt a date for 2wks time. my nerves jus tk ova & i culdnt think straight. i was more pissed off wen i failed my 2nt test tho cos it alll wnt so welll up2 the end wen a man walked out in front of me as i was moving off up a hill & i panicked & went up the curb! i was so annoyed! dnt feel as bad this time …. im kinda gettin used 2 failin but im still gutted dat i’m gna hav 2 do it all again…… oh well, hopefully nxt time i’ll pass!

  • nicola

    tell me about it!
    i failed my first test last week, only had five minors but i missed a stop sign. it wasnt fair, cos there was no cars coming and i went REALLY slow. well ive got another one tomorrow, so heres hoping

  • Georgie

    i passed my 4th test today!!! i’m over the moon i cnt believe ive finally passed! my b/f passed the day b4 me (2nd time) so it was a double celebration! he gt 4 minors i gt 5 which is a big improvement frm my last test (3 majors 6 minors!)i think it was down 2 nerves tho as i tk this tablet 2day which really helped calmed my nerves. so if any1 else gets nervous i would reccomend a visit 2 there GP and ask 4 sumthin 2 help wit nerves.dnt worry u will get there in the end & woteva u do dnt giv up! gd luk evry1! :-)

  • steph

    i passed today with 1 minor, was my second test. i’m so fucking excited, am gonna go driving as soon as my mum brings her car back from wherever she’s gone. it only takes a phonecall to get your insurance changed when you pass.

    it is so to do with luck – 1st time round i had a grumpy old bastard who failed me because as i was crossing a junction there was a big van parked ON the junction on double yellow lines with a trellis tied to side of it so i couldn’t see thru the windows, and a guy just marched out from behind it into the road and opened his door! i didn’t have time to stop so i swerved round him, after checking there was nothing i was going to get in the way of, and the old git failed me because apparently a car in the lane NEXT to the one i went into got a bit worried and started swearing at me. that examiner was horrible though he wouldn’t make conversation at all just grunted.

    today i had a really nice guy who was chatty and friendly and really did make me feel at ease. I did reverse round a corner, parallel park and a hill start just for the sake of it, my minor was for when i had to stop behind a parked car and there were cars coming from the other direction, i had my indicator on to pull out but i left it on too long when i could see that i wouldn’t be able to get out for a while and would confuse the other drivers.

    my advice to everyone is not to book the test at lunchtime cos the roads will be busier. this morning when i had mine it was drizzly on/off sort of rain so there weren’t many cyclists and the roads weren’t too busy (altho on my parallel park suddenly 5 cars and a bus turned up just at the wrong time). make sure you LOOK confident as well, no matter how nervous you are.

  • Man Took my driving test stalled on my first pull in then need when in to the Curd at 50 MPH on the dual carrage way in the end had 2 serious and 2 dangerous driving!!!

  • Man Took my driving test stalled on my first pull in then need when in to the Curd at 50 MPH on the dual carrage way in the end had 2 serious and 2 dangerous driving!!!

  • Sharon

    I know how you feel, i have my second test tomorow so am slightly more chilled out simply because i know what to expect. I know my nerves were what failed me last time and am trying not to get wound up. I have told myself that it doesnt matter if i fail, i will laugh it off and apply again and its true isnt it? Its not the end of the world (although not cheap!) and you can keep on trying. Good luck x

  • Nadia

    I failed my first test yesterday. I am well gutted. It was because i drove off after being pulled up, and forgot to turn my left indicator off….arghhh! It doesn’t mean i’m a bad driver, i’m just forgetful……NOT FAIR! Now i have to wait 2 months before i can take the test again because i have exams coming up…..REALLY NOT FAIR! At least i did my maneuvers OK…should hopefully pass next time.

  • crystal

    failed for the first time today:(i was so angry i realyy thought i was going to pass i had already planned out going to surprise my friend at work picking her up after i said i had failed but then i really did fail!i really didn’t think i would be nervous but then as soon as i got in the car my hands got sweaty and my legs and arms started shacking out of control!i thought i was going to pass out!it was insane over a f*in driving test!the examiner was an a*se which topped it off he kept sighing and huffing as if to say i was a waste of time and s*it driver which just made me more nervous because i thought i had failed after the first manovere.i wish your instructor could just test you because they are the ones who can judge best whether you are a good driver or not! to anyone with their test coming up just focus on keeping calm dont stress out if you have your test booked your most likely ready and if you are you will pass!just keep calm is my only advice.

  • Kira

    Thanks for the advice. I have my test next thursday and im so scared. I know its my first one so if i fail i will take it as a practice, I feel that the place im taking it in is the worst for me but my driving instructor said it will be ok so im taking hes word for it. I already think that i have failed and i havn’t even taken it yet lol. Good luck with your next one.

  • baz

    HI all i failed!!!first test thou ill pass next time hpeflly!1i got 7 minors and two serious but one of the serious i couldnt of helped!!so im having another goon the 30th of june!!gd luck me!!

  • Matt

    i took my 2nd test today was totally gutted when i failed. i failed before i even got on the roads!!! he asked me to do a reverse park into a bay….i got it in the bay perfectly……but he later told me he gave me a serious fault for not looking over my left shoulder enough…….even though i did look. he annoyed me so bad. i saw the tick in the S box and i knew i’d failed so i just didnt care…..first time round i failed coz he asked me to turn left on a roundabout but i was boxed in the right lane so i signalled and pushed in…….dangerous apparantly…..i mso glad i got to get all this off my chest lol

  • dane

    Come on guys, you lot are too quick to blame evre other rd user for ur failures! Id just like to say i passed first time with 2 minors, and consider myself a good driver. For those of you who say failing makes you better, or those that pass first time are flukes- id like to say… stop kidding yourselves. The practical driving test is as fair as any other examination, and blaming the weather, instructor, other road users, binmen, hedgehogs and whatever else is childish… so all i wanna say is

    GROW UP AND GET ON WITH IT! Moaning and groaning is just gonna dampen your will power and its gonna be just as bad for u in the long run as it is annoying for us successful drivers being blamed for your mishaps! Oh and good luck i suppose (and one more thing.. if ur past number 4- just resign urself to the fact u aint passin)

    Dane

  • Daniella

    OMG i’ve got my driving test in 4 and half hours, im so nervous i feel sick lol, this is my 3rd test, i failed my first test with 3 seriouses, and my second with 3 seriouses and a dangerous…at least im failing better.
    I dont blame other drivers/instructers ( even though they didnt help) I blame my nerves, i get myself so worked up and end up messing up, ive lessons once a week for a year and 2 months now, i consider myself a good driber, my lessons are perfect but on the day of the test my nerves get the better of me n it all goes pete tong.
    any ideas for combatting nerves…im open to suggestions?
    wish me luck x

  • CH

    Ive just failed my 2nd test, and i have to say it is totally down to what examier you get. People that pass first time and say its not, how do you no? comon you only had one examier!!!
    My first test, i got only 4 minors, and 1 major! My examier even said i did a great drive!!!
    Ive just had my second test, with a man, who was so grumpy, he didnt even talk to me, my dad was there at the test centre with me&even gave me a look as in to say ‘grumpy bastard’ wen the examier called my name!
    I admit, i totally fcked up my reverse round a corner, which i did perfect about 5 times before my test, bt the corner i did it on had a huge bump in the road(and i mean huge!!)and i hit the curb a little bit, i asked to start again and he just looked at me and said no!
    He gave me 2 majors, one for that and app not lookin in my blind spot at the right time on my reverse park (like wtf) and 12 minors!!!
    Comon, how can i go from having 4 minors and 1 major, to then drivin loads&getting loads more experience in my own car which i got (and no- i didnt pick up any bad habbits at all), and then getting 2 majors and 12 minors!!!
    Gosh, so it totally does depend on wat examier you get!!!
    And gosh, y r drivin tests sooo expensive?? Such a waste of money! I know i can drive fine, i reverse park on my road everyday which is one of the busiest roads in my city, ive drove for about 3 hours non stop, even listenin to music and done nothing wrong!
    X
    P.s some of my friends that passed first time, well one of them has already wrote of her car!! I know i am a better driver than some of them. Someone i know got 14 minors, and he said uve passed, but you need to practice more!! Whattt??!??!?

  • matt

    let me just say this to dane……..you’re a complete moron…..ok the test is not just skill alright its luck as well any driver can fail due to some other moron who wants to get to work slightly quicker……my dad was a driving examiner in the army for 22 years ok and i think he knows about how tests work alot better than some stupid big headed kid who passed first time coz he has “skills”. people make misteaks its a fact of life. the only differance is if you make those misteaks in that small 40 min windows of your life. you may, you may not once ur test is passed you will continue to make misteaks as everyone does. the only differance is you wont lose your liscence for a petty misteak…..

    moron.

    matt

  • Georgie

    hi daniella, how did u do? hope u passed this time bt dny worry if u didnt it tk me 4 times! i kept failing cos of nerves 2 well anyway, i hope it went well!

  • Nomis Nitram

    i agree with your last statement totally. I’m now looking to pass on my FIFTH attempt at Sidcup after failing for the fourth time. My instructor was in the car with me, and I failed with three minors – my one, and only serious was pulling out in front of a bus (that was parked in the bus-layby) and not indicating, despite the fact i indicated to get over into the left hand lane in front of it, to go straight on at the lights. My instructor swears blind i was correct, as do i, and i find it incomprehensible that, having only had THREE minor faults that he can fail me for such a minor, if ridiculous thing. I will try again at Sidcup, with my instructor in the car again, and if I fail then as well, i’ll complain to the DVLA – i have not exceeded three minors on any of my test, yet people are allowed to pass with as much as fourteen.

  • James

    I failed for the second time earlier today. annoying but for some reason I didn’t think I’d pass. I stopped at traffic light in the turn right lane behind other cars and ended up going through the lights when they were on Amber, 2 MAJORS for that on traffic lights and undue hestitation a minute later which was a load of BS, because you’re meant to wait in the road like I did when the lights are not on turn right, if I’d gone straight away it would have been downright dangerous

  • Me

    Hi, as you might have guessed, I’m here because I failed my test. Took it for the first time today, and I am absolutely gutted. I was preparing myself for how I’d feel if I didn’t pass but it was worse. He said “I’m sorry to say you haven’t passed this time,” and after that I could hardly talk because I didn’t want to cry until I got home (yes I’m a loser, but I’m a girl :P)

    I had to go back to school, and even though I hadn’t told them I was taking the test before hand, I had to tell them I had failed (because I had to say why I wasn’t there this morning and I’m a rubbish liar.)

    I got one major and eight minors. The major was for apparently being too far away from the parked cars I was overtaking which meant someone had to squeeze past me or something, but I don’t even remember doing it. Reading this has got me more worried I think, I didn’t even know you could fail for hesitation. I’ve got to wait another month until my next test (I’ve booked it already) and I’m really worried what will happen if I fail again. I was so looking forward to being able to drive to school for the rest of the term, but I guess I have to wait. Just really really really want to pass next time!

  • Di

    I failed my test yesterday and I am really angry – after being devastated. I had to do a bay reverse park in the test centre before setting out, with about five cars waiting for me. I have never got this wrong, but I cocked up spectacularly. Waste of time doing the test – even though I did 3 – yes, 3 – other manoeuvres perfectly and got only 7 minors..To take this test again will take three-quarters of my weekly income – I am on Disability benefits and learnt to drive because I need to. That man has no idea what he has done. How can anyone fail a person who proves they can actually drive? What a system – quotas, money for old rope, inconsistent.. it’s a joke, but it’s sooo not amusing.

  • Alla

    I am devostated. I’ve just failed. Did not see the sign for a national speed limit (shown only once) and drove all the way through doing 30 miles p/hour. 2 Minors. But it was not the instructor’s fault, it was me being stupid. Indeed I don’t deserve a liscence if I don’t see the road signs.

    Now sitting here alone. Drinking beer and smoking (thought I don’t usually smoke). I feel like like life has finished… Please help…

  • Mimi

    Don’t give up. I failed my test a month ago and was devastated, I didn’t want to drive anymore. A week later changed instructor and I found that being taught by someone else helped a lot especially as i had my test sheet and we worked on all the things I did wrong.I am retaking my test this morning and all i can say is don’t give up.Just think of how great it will be once you get your liscence, being able to go where you want to. All the best!

  • stephy

    Oof failed my test today. I was thinking YAH I WILL PASS but great… I made a fatal error that would have resulted in a collision! I was supposed to make a right change lane and i panicked and basicallyyyyy yahhh I ended up kinda weaving in and out of the lane next to me and a car honked at me… (so embaressed). I think I felt like I had a knife through my heart when the guy said… mm im sorry but you didn’t quite pass today.
    So now time to retake my permit and start all over because it expires in a couple days. Woot.
    I guess im feeling the bleh too >.<

  • Alla

    Thank you for your support. I did not give up and passed second time a month later. Nothing changed with my driving really, I just was lucky.
    And I really hope you passed your test too that morning. Good Luck.

  • Myke

    Hello all, just reading through some of your comments and they have made me feel alot better (sorry to say). I failed my 1st exam today, I was really confident and wasnt nervous atal as I have been driving for the last 2 months or so with my folks as I bought a car. My instructor was confident and told me id breeze through it so I had my hopes built up really high. I supposed they say better drivers dont pass there first test, but still feels like shit.
    Good luck to everyone though, gonna pay for my test again when I get paid so gotta mope around and sulk until then,
    TTFN Mike xx.

  • wtf_dsa

    Well, I tok my first driving test this morning and FAILED. I was very annoyed. I had been practicing for about 2 months in the town where the test was SUPPOSED to be conducted with my instuctor, he was very confident that I’d pass – so was I. The examiner I had was the chief examiner of the whole of EAST ANGLIA. No wonder I failed! Not only was he evil, he was old and smelt weird too! And to rub the salt in, he said he made up this route becuase a major roundabout in the area was restricted to one lane. I had absolutely no idea where I was going, I know you’re not supposed to really, but I didn’t even recognise 1 road; at least re-route the test in the same area! And to top it all off, I’m going away for three years so I cannot re-take it! W…T…F

  • jamie

    i failed 2day, was fuming! then got told that only losers pass 1st time and the cool people do it second, anyways, i hate odd numbers, so passin 2nd time may be better :) anyone who passed 1st thou………good going….well done! dammmnn hehehe

  • i failed first time today because i didnt look over my shoulder or move out on a main road into a non existent filter lane. i hate old examiners, wouldnt even speak to me, cracking jokes and making an effort while he sits ther and sighs. dick, theres 90 quid down the drain cos i had to hire the car as well. i hope i pass next time or i may struggle getting to college. crap.

  • tony

    Stumbled upon this site whilst waiting for my son, who is on his 1st test,looking at pass rates

    they vary between 27-72% across the uk, i myself
    passed on 3rd attempt, at the time i was driving all over the country in a (dont laugh) reliant
    robin ! having already passed my bike test,
    knowing how to drive and passing the test are
    two different things

    I have heard various rumours of pass qoutas etc

    all i can say is good luck to everyone on future
    tests, i doubt i would pass again !

  • Dean

    Hello, I also found this page while looking up test failure reasons. I failed today too but after a year’s lessons, 14 years practice(!), and having done the bike test too, guess what I failed on? The eyesight test! It’s a total con. The legal requirement is to read a standard numberplate at 67 feet as it says on your license. Unfortunately there is no real standard to number plates with varying widths and heights of fonts nowadays and it appears that the examiners can set any distance they like as an “approximation”. I kid you not, the distance I was asked to read twice at was at least 100ft and I still nearly got the second one apart from one letter. Then the “examiner” (and I refer to him loosely as that!) got a tape measure out and measured to a car with a five digit plate which I had noticed on the way in and remembered. He stood me with the sun pouring straight into my eyes to read the plate and as I couldn’t I did it from memory as I could just make out the outlines. I told him the number and he pretended not to hear me, so I told him again and he still asked me what I had said again! Not having a speech impediment, I then started to doubt my memory so I changed the first two letters round an S and a 5 and said the number again and he said “No, you’re wrong” and just walked off. No “That’s the end of the test” or anything. All I got was the sound of him slamming his office door! I have spent all day trying to get a customer service number for the DSA (finally got one!), and have emailed them the story and pictures I took of the glare and the distances with my camera phone plus the easy to remember number which I could not have got wrong! This examiner was ignorant and rude beyond belief and would not even talk to me when I went back to the test centre to try to get the DSA number to complain. What makes it worse is that this guy is supposedly the Chief Examiner in this particular DSA! This just proves it is a total money making scheme. £48 to be blinded by the sun and left to stand speechless in a car park! I have sent a full report to all the national newspapers, the local newpaper, my MP, the DSA complaints department, BBC’s Watchdog and The Trading Standards Office. If Talk Sport has anything about cars on it later I will add my story to their broadcast too. This kind of nonsense has to be stopped.
    Do you also know that the DVLA requires an opticians certificate for proof of valid eyesight or corrected vision but the DSA will not accept such evidence only the number plate test? But if you fail the eyesight test, guess who the DSA go bleating to? Yes, the DVLA, who will then ask for an opticians certificate! It’s madness!
    I feel sorry for everyone here who has failed and even sorrier for myself. I wish I’d never got involved with cars and had just stuck to my motorbike. This is one of the worst money making rackets I have ever encountered, full of ignorant people and conmen. It’s probably best to not have a car at all… but maybe that is their long term plan. Years ago all you had to do was reverse round a corner and go round a roundabout. The test today is complete nonsense and so open to abuse by the examiners that we’d be fools to trust them.

  • Fergus

    Yah, I just failed my 1st test today, picked up 10 minors plus 1 major, can’t believe it. The guy asks me to turn right at the roundabout, and I suddenly found myself in the left lane on the roundabout. And I’m thinking, hold on, this isn’t right. Lol. So thats the test fee and the fee for the car down the drain, and I’ve been waiting 4 months! RRRGHHHHHH!!!! Ain’t nerves just the damndest thing.

  • jadie

    well, i’m sitting my fourth test next week…absolutely need to pass it because i’m in line for an amazing job as a buyer which requires that i can drive.

    thing is, i’m a nervous wreck, absolutely festering with hate for my test centre and every miserable bastard examiner in the place.

    I HATE THEM ALL.

    anyway, back to nerves. i’ve been advised by my instructor and my aunt (who is a doctor) that i should go to the docs and get valium. so thats what i’m doing. valium. personally i don’t even think heroin would dent my nerves, but i’ll give it a go anyway (valium that is, not smack).

    must pass this test, enormous pressure with job etc.
    VALIUMS ON!!

  • Ros

    I agree with you Chris,we all unconciously make instant judgements about people. I read your comments yesterday, test No 4 being booked today, and felt nothing ventured, nothing gained. Being a smoker I washed my hair last night and had my last puff about 1.5 hrs before my FOURTH test, 9.17am this morning then chewed some gum. ‘Miracle of Miracles’ I actually passed with 12 minors. Good luck to all of you retaking your tests, keep persevering, trust me you don’t want to wait until you’re 51 to be a legitimate driver.

    Power and confidence to you all.

  • Bob

    Gutted – just failed my test. I’ve come to the conclusion that the UK driving test is more about the mood of the examiner/ pass quotas than how you perform on the day.

    Cwmbran test centre just failed me for no actual reason I am aware of – I can’t help thinking they conduct their driving test as a money making scheme rather than passing safe and competent drivers.

    They claim they failed me for not indicating when pulling away from a kerb even though there was no cars/people behind or in front. I argued there was no vehicle around so there was no need to signal.

    The rest of my drive, as even the examiner had to admit, was safe, courteous and with no other faults, despite very bad weather conditions.

    It seem incredible that the DSA are keen to pass careless, rude racers on the road but fail me on a technicality – I guess I’ll need to start signalling even when there’s no one around!!!!
    Do the DSA care more about lining their pockets than ensuring safe sensible drivers pass their test? I sometimes think the examiners know they got it wrong (as in my case) but they don’t want to swallow their pride and admit they made a mistake (change the outcome)when they’ve already marked it on their examination sheet.

    Has anyone else had a fail after a good drive and is still wondering why they failed?

  • Dave

    Hey all. This is a pretty comprehensive proof that there are a lot of people out there who’ve failed. Same here – failed my first one. The thing is I had around 17 hours driving practice, which maybe isn’t enough. I TOTALLY agree with the fact that some driving examiners can be real assholes, so heres the FIRST thing that my driving examiner failed me on: getting in a slip lane halfway instead of at the start. Christ. That ain’t a major in my opinion, but hey. I got 4 majors, but on the day i thought i’d actually done alright (strangely). I tell you – you THINK they’re a nice guy, but then they don’t even talk to you at all for all that time, and then they say ‘i’m sorry to say you’ve failed’ and the look in their eyes changes, and you can feel a weight of emotion crash down on you – anger, humiliation, sadness, and from then on you don’t listen to a word they;re saying until they jump out of the car and rush off for a cuppa, leaving you to suffer. FACT: my driving examiner was not fair on me. Not trying to sound arrogrant, but i’d never really failed anything before, so it was a bit surreal. However, once I got past the initial reaction, I was and still am filled with ambition and determination to pass next time.

  • Paul

    Yeah, I just failed my first driving test today as well! I got two minors and one serious. The serious was for a reverse around a corner manouevre. I was doing it, and someone came up behind me. So I went back around to let him pass, but I clearly wasn’t straight, so when I redid the reversing, i ended up too far out. And everything else had gone really well! I’m gutted. And the thought of another hundred-odd pounds for a test makes it even more bitter.

    If only that guy hadn’t come up behind me!!!

  • Elle

    Yeah I Fail My 3rd Driving Test 2Day At 8:40AM The Worse Time In The World Cause Of Buzy Cars Every Where I Went Cars Cars Cars. I Had 9 Minors & 2 Major Cause Some Bitch Of A Granny Ran In Front Of Me As I Was Goin 2 Turn On A Junction She Blocked It So I Had 2 Quickly Steer Right Around Her & The Bac Of The Car Hit Another Car & It Was Juz 2 Mins In The Test Now My Theroy Runs Out I’m So Confused I Want 2 Book Another Test But I Have Wasted So Much Money What Is The Point I Know I Can Drive But It’s Juz The Steppin Stone U Have 2 Reach In Order 2 Reach Ur Goal. The More I Try The More I Fail Money Money Money FUCK THEM If Wanted To Drive I Would Have Done It Time Ago It’s Juz That I’m Paitence i Don’t Need Some One To Tell Me I Can Drive If I No That Already I Hear It Frm My Driver Instuctor 4 Christ Sake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hey people, my instructor was due to give me my test form today to get it sent off, however she is holding it back another 2 weeks just coz i dont look over my shoulder enough. Im a bit disappointed but i’ll be really nervous on the test day, it will be my 1st test and i dont know what it will be like. Fingers crossed and wish me luck guys

    AZZA

  • debbie

    i faild my test 2 days ago but im still gonna keep trying.went in a bus lane lol. so theres somthing 4 u ben 2 take the piss out of.

  • Chris

    For goodness sake, could you people just write properly??? Its not cool or easier to read, I don’t get it!

  • Jason

    Shouldn’t there be an apostrophe after “goodness”?

  • Michael

    To all who have failed like myself

    We will pass one day and be on the roads

    People like Ben can Fuck Off

    The examiners can Piss Off

    We will embrace the freedom of driving in our lives

    Believe in Yourself because We CAN and We WILL

  • Laura J

    Hi everyone, i have my 2nd attempt at driving test in 3 days from now, i am soooo nervous! i can sympathise with those of who failed on reverse round a corner, on my 1st test i was more nervous than had ever been in my life, everything was going well until examiner asks me to do this manouver, i completely messed it up despite having finally cracked it in the lessons leading up to my test, i was hoping she’d give me the benefit of the doubt but that was it and i knew it which led me to cut someone up at a roundabout, so even though i only had 5 minors i also got 2 majors and i failed, was gutted! Luckily ive had plenty more practice since then and i dont think i’ll do anythin that silly again, but the nerves are still there and are gettin steadily worse as the test gets closer, any tips on calming myself anyone? im hoping for a nice examiner, the last one was a right bitch who hardly responded to my pathetic attempts at small talk – could she not see i was shitting my pants?!! im sure they fail people on purpose so you have to keep paying out for more tests!! anyways rant over, hopefully ill pass 2nd time and good luck to everyone else who has theirs coming up x

  • Laura J

    Hey guys! don’t mean to gloat but i have just passed my test!! i cant believe it, think im in shock! the test really couldnt have gone better, i was sooooo nervous and as soon as i got to the test centre i saw a girl cryin who had just failed and 2 other people who had failed as well – this did nothin except make me more nervous! i was waitin for some dragon of an examiner to call my name, but it ended up being some really cool guy who completely put me at ease and was generally really nice (kinda disproves my theory that all examiners are nasty pricks). i thought i’d blown it 5mins in when i was waiting to turn left and some wanker behind me beeped his horn but luckily the nice examiner just gave me a minor fault. my 2 manouveres went great with no minors for any (and i didnt even have to do the dreaded reverse round a corner!), and before i knew it we were heading back to the test centre where the guy informed me i’d passed! i then made an almighty show of myself and jumped all over my instructor squealin like a girl (well i am a girl). My experience just goes to show that even if u fail first time (or 2nd, 3rd, whatever), u should always persevere, as long as u can control those nerves u will be fine, take your time doing everything, and not all examiners are heartless tossers! now all i need is a car!! good to luck to everyone who has their test coming up and dont give up!! xx

  • Holly

    hey, im soooooo nevous about my test…its in march and im petrified im going to fail. its more then a month away and im already keepin myself awake worryin about it. is there anythin that anyone can advise about my nerves? herbal remidies?? ANYTHING!!i have heard aload of scams etc (like they only pass a certain amount of ppl perday, they no who they’re passing before they even get in the car) and im shitting myself. its very early mornin and i have been told its good bcoz u sit in traffic for rush hour……but still……AHHHHHHHHHHH

  • ihatelearnintodrive

    Hi Sally,

    I also found this site googling!

    Fingers crossed for you 6th test. I have my 2nd test at the end of March. I have a new instructor (my last was pap), the one who got me through my test was fab (I have now re-located n ended up with a pap instructor). I started this week with a new woman, who is great, probably the best instructor ever, she is amazed at my driving, thinks I’m great so we’re gonna spend the next few weeks practising.

    I wasn’t even nervous on the build up to my last one, it really hit me on the day! I was so stressed I couldnt even look at the spedometre! When he said you’ve failed I wasn’t arsed, I was just relieved the whole experience was over!

    Here’s to passing next time round!

    Good luck all!!!

  • ihatelearnintodrive

    Hi Sally,

    I also found this site googling!

    Fingers crossed for you 6th test. I have my 2nd test at the end of March. I have a new instructor (my last was pap), the one who got me through my test was fab (I have now re-located n ended up with a pap instructor). I started this week with a new woman, who is great, probably the best instructor ever, she is amazed at my driving, thinks I’m great so we’re gonna spend the next few weeks practising.

    I wasn’t even nervous on the build up to my last one, it really hit me on the day! I was so stressed I couldnt even look at the spedometre! When he said you’ve failed I wasn’t arsed, I was just relieved the whole experience was over!

    Here’s to passing next time round!

    Good luck all!!!

  • ihatelearnintodrive

    Hi Holly,

    Really don’t worry, I was so het up before my first test, I was a mess on the day and ruined it. But now I know what its like, it will be much better for my next test, still nervous, but not as bad.

    I think I was expecting the examiner to walk out with a pitchfork n horns, but at the end of the day they are just normal people doing their job.

    I knew I had failed during my first test, but for different reasons to why I did!!!

    Honestly, don’t worry, my examiner was a lovely guy… like I say, they are just human!

    I have my second test end of March too, so fingers crossed!

  • Maz

    Hi to everyone going through this particular form of hell…..

    I failed second time about 2 hours ago, quite near the start of the test. My female examiner was very pleasant etc., BUT WOULD NOT SHUT UP!!
    I’m the kinda person who needs to think what they’re doing, so when she asked me (I’m in education) if I thought her son had made the right choice of uni, I put my foot down at a red light, later to realise the it was a set of secondary lights and a van ‘might’ have gone into the back of me. Instant fail.

    The moral is, don’t moan about the strong, silent types—- at least they just let you get on with it!

  • iwanttopass

    Hello

    I failed my driving test for the second time 2 days ago, because my theory runs out in early April I have to go and retake that before I can book another test.
    I realy hate the tests, I can drive perfectly with my instructor but fall to pieces with the examiner. I have tried a hypnosis cd, rescue remedy and a confidence boosting book all without success. I am determined not to give up at the moment but you need to ask yourself when is enough enough, 2 and a half years, 4 instructors, 2 failed tests and 2 theory tests later.
    Please somebody be kind enough to let me pass next time.
    Good luck to everybody I know how you feel even though nobody around me seems to know how I do x

  • lisa smallwood

    hi ive had 5 tests and hate it!! i get so nervous!some tests ive had 5 minors and 2 serious .an other i olnly failed on manouvers.!!its so frustrating .ive even tried calms? no good??have u tried owt?my confidence is goibg each time i fail,ive tried so hard ,i now feel its making me ill.and i dont look forward to lessons any more ,i have been learning for 2 years now ,had someone run into back of me on a LESSON!!any tips cheers lisa x

  • ihatelearnintodrive

    why dont you take a friend or your instructor with you on your test? you are allowed to have someone sat in the back while you do your test. it might settle your nerves to have a friendly face sat in the back!

    but dont give up, however long it takes… my aunt did that and 30 years later she decided to do it again and its like starting all over again, it costs so much money!!! but she passed this time round!!!

  • Anon

    Just failed for the 2nd time, cant believe it, i thought i drove brilliantly but apparently i didnt pull off correctly even though i did 6 point check every time.This time round i used rescue remedy and tbh it helped, i was less nervous. The wholse driving process is so sterssful and i was so close to crying after he told me id failed ( YES I AM MALE! ) Sppose i have to keep going at it…

  • Scotty

    Hi everyone, I passed my test 4th time round last Friday, 2nd May. In hindsight, I can honestly say that certainly for my first 2 tests, and very possibly my 3rd, I just was NOT ready for my driving to be put under the scrutiny of a driving examiner. It just wasn’t up to scratch, simple as.
    I turned 17 in June last year, and passed my theory 1st time in August, no problems there. Then, I had the daft idea that day that I’d just book my test as soon as I could, which was about 6 weeks later in October, in a kind of “I’m invincible” moment. Bad idea, failed it miserably, 3 majors.
    Somehow, that was put down to bad luck by me, my parents and my *B*ig *S*ums of *M*oney instructor, so I immediately booked another one for November, took a few more lessons and sat it… 3 majors again…
    Not to be deterred however, I went ahead and booked my 3rd for the first week in December, with the ever present support and “Ach, you’ll get it next time” from my instructor and parents. 2 majors.
    I’d had enough. I gave the whole driving thing a break over Xmas and New Year, didn’t think about driving for a whole month and a half, cleared my head and started afresh. I started again towards the tail end of January, with a brand new attitude and a brand new instructor who DOESN’T work for some instructor-churning machine, but who is self-employed (always more dependable). 6 lessons later and I passed with 7 minors.
    What I believe simply, is that if things aren’t quite going your way with driving, particularly if you’ve failed badly 2 or 3 times, take a rest, compose yourself and hopefully in that pause you can reflect on what’s happened and develop a whole new perspective on things.
    It worked for me. ;-)

  • dannii

    hi lisa,iv taken 3 tests now!So fustrating bcos i can drive rly well. I got that nervous on my last test i had to stop the car and have a breather bcos i nearly passed out!Need to go to the doctors and get sum tablets from there.Try it,tell them that ur failing ur tests due to nervs.Works hun,i got sum tablets.Not yet passed my test tho.!!! Good luck for future!!

  • moBaker

    passed third time try making an appointment with doctor to ask for beta blockers before taking test. they do work, nerves are a real stumbling bock

  • tracy

    well i’ve gotta say the entire driving test experience is a big pile of shambles! i failed my first test this morning because of 1: using the wrong signal on one occasion, 2: only driving 45mph on a 60mph road going back to the test centre and 3: forgetting to check behind my shoulder ONCE while pulling off. never mind that most friggin drivers do not indicate, they consistently drive well over the speed limit and rarely look over their shoulder! i’ll tell you something the way they expect you to drive is totally unrealistic and it is so true that you don’t really learn until you pass your test and drive on your own. the examiner was trying his best to make me nervous. at one point he asked me to pull over to do a turn in the road and when i did, he commented sarcastically “fine, just stop in the middle of the road then” after that i got really frustrated and wanted to bite him! he made comments like why aren’t you going? when surely it was my place to make judgments since i was driving? he chose to make me nervous when in fact if he had kept quiet i would have been ok. after all i am paying him so he should do what he is told!! it’s not a nice feeling coming away after failing but please know that it all boils down to luck and money at the end of the day. my driving was undoubtedly up to standard regardless of the heavy traffic at 0830 but he had set out to fail me before he even met me. it’s unfair and unjustified. keep going people and we will all pass i can promise you! xx

  • Hattie B

    Arghh this is all making me feel so nervous!On 8th march I ws meant to have my test, FINALLY after my instructor saying before xmas he would book it… I changed the date once to avoid the rush hour… the next date had to be changed because my friend “broke” my instructor’s car (lol), so he had to change it. Then, on my first lesson in my instructor’s NEW car, a white van doing 40mph in 20 zone came skidding straight over the road on a bend into the front my side of the car. Luckily I saw it and had already stopped by the time it hit us, so I didn’t even get whiplash or anything. The car went off for 2 weeks to be repaired,so I had to learn in yet another car and the date was changed again… finally the day comes, no mishaps, get outside with the examiner.. and have to read the numberplate. What a diaster. I wear glasses but had just had them renewed and ws told I had 20/20 vision.. I was so nervous that I was seeing all kinds of things. Didn’t help that I knew nothing about the format of plates. So in the end I failed without even getting in the car, for reading and O as a Q. I was absolutely devastated,but if I’m honest mainly because my 4 best friends will all be taking our tests within weeks of eachother and I wanted to be first… yes I know it’s incredibly shallow, why does it mean so much to us teenagers? New test is booked for next thurs..had new lenses put in my glasses today, but because there wasn’t really a problem to correct they didn’t seem to make a difference. But I went down to the test centre and coincidentally saw the examiner I had previously… he tested me and I was able to read 5 different numberplates straight off, no probs. So they think it’s pychological and that I’m a bit of a nutter! Oh well, here’s to next time… bearing in mind that in the 6months I’ve been driving I also managed to whack my wingmirror against a bus, amd drove my beautiful little Citroen into a deep ditch on a wet dark night, and had to spend 3 hours getting it out again. Such a enjoyable activity, this driving… :-P

  • justpassed

    Hi there, I just passed my driving test after several attempts. I suffered with my nerves on the day of the driving test and this is why I struggled to pass it. I would drive fine up until the day of the test and then my nerves would get the better of me on the test and I would end up making silly mistakes. I would like to give some tips to others struggling to pass their driving test or those struggling with nerves.(a) Go and see your doctor and get some beta blockers and take these for a few weeks leading up to your test. (b) Take the test when you feel you are ready and not when the driving instructor tells you that you are because if you dont feel ready you will only waste your time and money. (c) If you keep failing with one instructor, change him and get yourself a new driving instructor. I did this after failing a couple of times. A fresh pair of eyes can work wonders and the new instructor may pick up on faults the other instructor couldn’t see. (d) Get as much practice as you can, buy yourself a little car, get someone to take you out as much as possible. (e) On your driving lessons, listen to the instructor and take note of everything he is saying and ask questions if you dont understand, you wont look silly, it will show you are willing and trying your best to learn (e) Practice and practice on your weaknesses, if reversing around a corner is your weakness, practice this over and over again, take a whole lesson if you need to, to get it right. (f) You will know yourself when you are ready for your test, your instructor will be giving you little or no information, just telling you directions and you will feel comfortable and at ease with your driving. (g) On the day of your test, get up early and get prepared and focused. Eat a good breakfast and have a good shower, get yourself all nice and clean. Go over the manoevures in your mind and revise your subject. If you know your subject well today you will pass your test. Take your betablocker early and give it time to work. Arive early at the test centre and try to remain positive. On your test think of it as just another lesson, think of the examiner as your instructor(I know its hard) but this will really work for you or if you cant imagine you are driving a taxi and giving a passenger a lift home and he is giving you directions, remember you are in control. Try to stay relaxed and remember it is only about fourty minutes long and it will all be over so try to concentrate. (f) Finally good luck, stick with it dont give up, I didn’t and you will finally pass and have your freedom to drive wherever you want.

  • joanne

    saying this doesnt help those who fail first time

  • Jody

    Wow! So scary reading through all these stories.
    My husband has been driving for 6 years and his USA license will no longer be usable in the UK in June. He is a good driver, but these requirements from the DVLA are ABSURD!! He is so worried he won’t pass. His car is essential for his job and we have 4 children. I am learning to HATE everything to do ANY UK government organization really – it is as if their goal is to make everything as difficult as possible! ARRRGGHHHH!!!

    I myself don’t drive due to some personal issues. I never got a license in the USA and always felt stupid about it. Now I am going to have to pay a fortune to instructors here and probably not even pass. Heck – I may even dump my vision test!! :-(

  • Jason

    Yeah, it’s pretty unreasonable of the DVLA to require that people be able to see just to exercise their inalienable right to drive.

  • mark

    Hi i passed my test today. The 4th time aswell!

    Im always nervous but my previous test i’ve always had old grumpy women! but today was different a man walked out and called out my name which gave my confidence a great boost!
    He took me on a simple route which was on a medium level. I was really dreading what he was going to say to me back at the test center. Load of thoughts running through my mind. “i would like to say mark congratulations you have passed!” The first thing i said was “Seriously”
    The feeling i got you can’t describe. I just couldn’t wait to tell everyone!

    The point is try and try and try until you do pass. I wanted to give up everytime i failed but something was stopping me!

  • baby d

    I just failed for the 1st time today. I was crying haha. Failed on my braking cos I got 5 minors for it, apparently it was too harsh. I got got 4 other minors apart from that & my manouvers were perfect, I better pass next time! But now I have to wait which I hate & spend more money. They really should change the system so once you’ve reached a certain standard you instuctor lets the DVLA know & then you’ve passed, but I guess they would loose out on money if they did that. This country…always using us as cash cows…

  • Emma

    I have the exact same thing with my left leg…it only lasts the first few minutes of my test but on my first test I had to do a bay park with a shaky leg which completely put me off…only got a minor for it though. But I did fail that test with 1 major for not seeing the red lights (nerves, I guess) and 4 minors. That was a shame, as I had a good lesson before it and my instructor was confident in me.

    Failed a month later with 2 majors, 6 minors (the majors were for going stopping at a flashing amber when I should have carried on, and for my reverse around a corner being too wide). I’d had a terrible lesson before and my instructor said he thought I would fail. Plus, I had the same examiner as the first time and he didn’t seem to rememeber me at all and asked me the same questions which I probably gave stupidly short answers to, but I couldn’t be bothered with small-talk, I just really wanted to pass.

    I failed for the third time today with 1 major and 5 minors. The major was for going through a green light when I forgot I should be looking for a green FILTER ARROW- not just a light. It was annoying as my manoueveres were pretty much perfect and they are my weak point. Same examiner again, but he remembered me this time and was really nice, saying he was sorry he had to fail me but I was otherwise an OK driver. I was really hopefull I’d pass today, as well :(

    Roll on 4th time…I just hope it doesn’t fall in the middle of my exams- I couldn’t cope with the extra stress!

  • Sue

    I am sitting my test for the third time tomorrow and really feel like I deserve it now! My first test was horrible. The day before I was due to sit it, I was contacted by the dsa to let me know it was being cancelled due to road works in the area. I felt ready to do it and had got myself all prepared, so promptly rebooked it for a different test centre. I had been around the area before and felt I knew it well enough, but found I had no idea where I was half the time, or what I was approaching once I was sitting it. Turns out I only got 3 minors, but was failed for being undertaken when joining a stretch of bus lane following a spiral roundabout. My instructor felt I should have been given the benefit of the doubt, but there we go!
    Second time, my instructor wasn’t available to take me to the test, so I had to sit it in an unfamiliar car. I had a lesson the day before with the guy who would be taking me to the test centre, who filled my head with a load of really insignificant points that he assured me would guarantee a pass! Only once I had failed did he tell me it had taken him 4 attempts to pass – not surprising really!
    So now I feel ready, but whose to say! I have heard of people failing for such pedantic reasons. Its as if they feel that by making the tests as difficult as hell that the roads will be a safer place – this still doesn’t account for the majority of maniacs who passed when there were still more horses on the roads than cars!
    My sympathies go out to you all – stay positive!

  • Jason

    I hope you only ever plan to drive when you’re calm and completely rested.

    Is it not time for people to be tested for this kind of drug as part of the driving test? Or are you planning to have a bottle of magic pills ready for when you drive to a job interview? If “nerves” make you an unfit driver, you don’t deserve to pass.

  • Richie

    I’ve just failed, for the second time, un-F_U_C_K_I_N_G believable! Both times my sheet was empty apart from the two serious marks. This time, one serious was for taking the wrong exit on a roundabout, and then continuing around the roundabout in the left lane (the wrong lane) which I suppose was fair enough. But it was at the end of the lesson, and i’d already done 13 roundabouts perfectly, which i think “proves” to anyone I CAN DO ROUNDABOUTS! (give me a break! these examiners are robots man!). The other serious mark was for “being to close” when meeting traffic. What a load of bollocks! I mean, I didn’t even make anyone slow down! How can they compare that, to say…going through a red light? I know people who’ve passed their test (my mum) who clearly shouldn’t be allowed on the road. And I fail on two things that really, could/should have been minors! I wouldn’t mind but it costs me £100 every-time I fail! (revenue generator maybe?)
    The DSA say “if you meet the standard, you will pass”….. yeah, right! It’s got nothing to do with standard, and everything to do with “finding fault”.
    Now I’m seriously loosing confidence, not in my driving, but In their marking!
    I’m seeing a lot of holes in this system!

  • Anonymous

    I have just failed my test for the first time yesterday. I’m so upset. I can’t stop thinking about it. I got 15 minors and 4 serious. I totally agree with one serious fault because I was asked to turn right on a roundabout but I positioned the car too far over to the left, so I deserved to fail on that. But the others I thought were totally unfair. The examiner failed me for not driving fast enough. She marked me down a number of times for this, so minor faults for this reason then turned into a serious one. The only example she gave was when I was driving in a built-up area doing 25mph in third gear. She didn’t give any other examples of when I was driving slowly and I am at a loss myself as to when exactly I commited these ‘faults’ because I always do the speed limit when it’s safe to do so on my lessons and I did that on my test.
    She also failed me for not moving off safely, but she didn’t explain what I did that was wrong, it was just marked on her report sheet. And she marked another serious because she asked me to stop in another built-up area, which was extremely busy, with traffic emerging from 3 different junctions and parked cars on either side of the road, making the road very narrow and unable to fit two lanes of traffic. She said that I waited too long to move off, despite having several opportunities to do so, and as such I caused an obstruction. I thought this was unfair because I moved off as soon as I thought it was safe and I can’t honestly think of another opportunity that I had to set off, apart from when I did. Also, why did she ask me to stop there then? So the car wasn’t an obstruction when she asked me to stop there, but it was when I was asked to move off? That doesn’t make sense to me.
    I feel very upset about the examiner, she would joke around one minute and then tell me off the next. She was very rude to me at the end and didn’t explain ALL the reasons why I failed, she just commented on the driving too slowly and not moving off soon enough, but when she passed me the report sheet, I noticed how many minors she had marked me down for, but I have no idea what I did wrong so I don’t know how to correct it for next time.
    I know this sounds like sour grapes because I failed but it’s really not. I deserved to fail because of the mistake on the roundabout which could have been potentially dangerous, and I totally accet that, but the other serious faults I feel are unfair. I was also marked down for going the wrong way, but my driving instructor told me that you don’t get a fault for going the wrong way, so either the examiner is marking me down for things that she shouldn’t or my driving instructor is giving me incorrect information.
    I’ve read alot of comments here about examiners and even though I’ve only been in the presence of one, if there are others out there like mine yesterday, then I think something needs to be done, because no-one has the right to treat another person like that. I accept that my examiner must be a good driver herself to be in a position where she judges other people’s driving, but she’s still providing a service and should be curteous and polite. Instead I got told that I was “plodding along” and that she felt sorry for the drivers behind me, getting stuck behind me. I think that is plain rude and is totally unnecessary.
    I was daydreaming about passing my test before it happened and I had so much excitement about it, and then this witch comes along and ruins that in the space of 1 minute by telling you you’ve failed, and not even having the decency to explain properly why. I understand that examiners are in a difficult position and it’s risky telling someone they have failed their test, especially when there have been reports about learners attacking examiners, so an examiner doesn’t want to get into a dispute with a learner about why they failed, but I wasn’t even shown the respect of being told all the reasons why I failed or given a chance to respond. She just said her piece, gave me the report sheet, and off she went, to ruin someone else’s life.
    Anyway, rant over! Good luck to everyone taking their tests, whether it be the first time or 1000 time.

  • Anonymous

    I have just failed my test for the first time yesterday. I’m so upset. I can’t stop thinking about it. I got 15 minors and 4 serious. I totally agree with one serious fault because I was asked to turn right on a roundabout but I positioned the car too far over to the left, so I deserved to fail on that. But the others I thought were totally unfair. The examiner failed me for not driving fast enough. She marked me down a number of times for this, so minor faults for this reason then turned into a serious one. The only example she gave was when I was driving in a built-up area doing 25mph in third gear. She didn’t give any other examples of when I was driving slowly and I am at a loss myself as to when exactly I commited these ‘faults’ because I always do the speed limit when it’s safe to do so on my lessons and I did that on my test.
    She also failed me for not moving off safely, but she didn’t explain what I did that was wrong, it was just marked on her report sheet. And she marked another serious because she asked me to stop in another built-up area, which was extremely busy, with traffic emerging from 3 different junctions and parked cars on either side of the road, making the road very narrow and unable to fit two lanes of traffic. She said that I waited too long to move off, despite having several opportunities to do so, and as such I caused an obstruction. I thought this was unfair because I moved off as soon as I thought it was safe and I can’t honestly think of another opportunity that I had to set off, apart from when I did. Also, why did she ask me to stop there then? So the car wasn’t an obstruction when she asked me to stop there, but it was when I was asked to move off? That doesn’t make sense to me.
    I feel very upset about the examiner, she would joke around one minute and then tell me off the next. She was very rude to me at the end and didn’t explain ALL the reasons why I failed, she just commented on the driving too slowly and not moving off soon enough, but when she passed me the report sheet, I noticed how many minors she had marked me down for, but I have no idea what I did wrong so I don’t know how to correct it for next time.
    I know this sounds like sour grapes because I failed but it’s really not. I deserved to fail because of the mistake on the roundabout which could have been potentially dangerous, and I totally accet that, but the other serious faults I feel are unfair. I was also marked down for going the wrong way, but my driving instructor told me that you don’t get a fault for going the wrong way, so either the examiner is marking me down for things that she shouldn’t or my driving instructor is giving me incorrect information.
    I’ve read alot of comments here about examiners and even though I’ve only been in the presence of one, if there are others out there like mine yesterday, then I think something needs to be done, because no-one has the right to treat another person like that. I accept that my examiner must be a good driver herself to be in a position where she judges other people’s driving, but she’s still providing a service and should be curteous and polite. Instead I got told that I was “plodding along” and that she felt sorry for the drivers behind me, getting stuck behind me. I think that is plain rude and is totally unnecessary.
    I was daydreaming about passing my test before it happened and I had so much excitement about it, and then this witch comes along and ruins that in the space of 1 minute by telling you you’ve failed, and not even having the decency to explain properly why. I understand that examiners are in a difficult position and it’s risky telling someone they have failed their test, especially when there have been reports about learners attacking examiners, so an examiner doesn’t want to get into a dispute with a learner about why they failed, but I wasn’t even shown the respect of being told all the reasons why I failed or given a chance to respond. She just said her piece, gave me the report sheet, and off she went, to ruin someone else’s life.
    Anyway, rant over! Good luck to everyone taking their tests, whether it be the first time or 1000 time.

  • amy

    hi iv also just failed my test for the 3rd time, it really is the biggest pile of bull. I drove perfect the whole time but when it came to paraell parking apparnetly i was lookin enough, even though i looked over my shoulder twice and was always glancing in all my mirrors and knew there was nothing coming, he marked me as a serious fault cos i wasnt lookin enof. My instructor who sat in the back seat whilst i was doin my test z der was no way e should have gave me a serious.
    My 1st test fair enog i nu i wasnt really ready 4 it as i did so many stupid mistakes and on my 2nd test i wasnt in the right lane when coming 2 a roundabout.
    I honestly think passin ur test is all down to luck, if the instructor like u then u will pass if hes soenst for soem reson he will fail!! i now ave 2 wait 2months to get and other test, if i dont pass it this time im not doin it again!

  • Sid

    I have my 3rd test tommorow. I failed first time because the instructor told me to pull over on the side. I did so succesfully. After that he said “when your ready we can head of straight”. I indicated and put the handbrake down with my foot on the break checking all mirrors before moving off. A van approached at high speeds and stopped. I thought he gave me way, i swear anyone would think that so i started moving off bearing in mind i indicated to show my intention. The instructor immediately stopped me and gave me a serious. What an asswipe, the van was stationary and i indicated and even if the van intended to not give me way i did not cause any harm, he was dam right stationary. Anyway lucky i was tired or i would have uppercut him as soon as i finished. Second test all went great but then i got was taken to a hilly place (like the teletubby hills) and the instructor once again told me to pull over in a safe and convienient place. There really was no place as such so i tried to get myself in this tight spot and hit the curb because it was a hill and needed more acceleration. Serious there, fair enough. 3rd test tommorow. Although im confident, high chance some bullshit will happen so not getting high expectations to be honest and stupid weather forecast says its raining. Im going to chill out and if i fail im going to try bribe the instructor with £300 cash. If the instructor doesnt accept it im going to hostage him (if its a guy only) and order him to pass me! I also totally agree with everyone that the DSA sucks, if they were to resit their exam they would probably fail due to a serious fault of over cocky-ness and arrogrance! They got letter bombed for a reason, that guys child probably failed for similar reasons as us people!

  • Sid

    i passed guys on 3rd attempt! onyl 6 minors. Ill teel you now if you think the first 30 mins have gone well anything can go wrong. so keep kool head and think as thought you just started. ye nerves are biggest problem i controlled it by thinking “look doesnt matter if i pass or fail, what ever happens, happens”. Other thing is dress well, instructors do get taken on by that believe me, worked for me, i dressed up nicely (not rudeboy or anything) and kept it kool, sweet talked instructor but was confident talker but polite. so avoid words like “yea i get you” and say “yes i understand” sounds better! GOOD LUCKY ALL OF YOU! you will pass!!

  • Charlotte D

    I didn’t like my instructor either. I failed because of two serious faults: 1) I didn’t check my blind spot on one of the eight times he asked me to pull over and move off again 2) I accidentally put the car into third for a few seconds instead of fifth on a dual carriageway. At the end of my test, my instructor told me why I had failed, told me that these faults could have been very dangerous, told me to have a nice day and got out of the car. I was like “Yeah I’m fine by the way, thanks for being so understanding!” I was so crushed. I do think that failing for forgetting to check my blind spot once out of eight times is a bit harsh. I can think of drivers who have passed who NEVER do half the things that we have to do in our tests! Do they honestly believe that people always drive exactly how they did in their tests? I really feel that they could be a touch more lenient.

  • tracy

    aww i really feel for you hun. i had a bloody horrible examiner on my 1st test. he was so rude to me. at one point he asked me to stop at a safe and convenient place and when i did he said “fine, just stop in the middle of the road then” i was so gobsmacked and put off that i messed up the turn in the road he asked me to do immediately after. throughout the entire test he made snide comments about my decisions which wound me up so much i forgot little things like looking behind my shoulder. my concentration was shot and all i could think about was how rude he was to me! on a more positive note though my second test (which i passed yesterday) was a lot better. this examiner was really nice and professional. he was calm and only spoke when he needed to and he never made any negative points during the test. i stalled twice and know i slipped over the speed limit a couple of times. a tip to remember is get over any mistakes quick, don’t ignore them instead aknowledge them e.g. “i realise i went over the limit then” and reduce your speed. ignore any nasty comments, you only have to spend a short amount of time with them even if you take a hundred tests. its something you have chosen to do so be calm. now i have to get used to driving on my own! that’s gonna be weird but at least i can sing to myself which my instructor would’ve hated! ps it took me ages to reach test standard so don’t freak out. brum brum!

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  • alex

    TheY shouldnt mark you down for going in the wrong direction, becuase that is your ability to follow directions not your ability to drive a car. What they do (or should) mark you down for is if you were to go the wrong direction, incorrectly (as in they tell you to go right, you indicate right but go left) i had my test today and (accidentally) went against the examiners directions twice (one for not turning left and the other for doing a reverse round the corner not a turn in the road) becuase i still drove correctly he didnt mark me down for it…it was just not checking my right shoulder before moving off the once that failed me…better luck next time.

  • Liz

    Hi I just had my first driving test yesterday. i
    I don’t think I have ever been so scared in my entire life. I got through the show me tell me questions (I got the easy ones).

    I was pulling out on a busy round checked behind me for cars indicated left and a bike came out of nowhere I know I should have done a final mirror check I was just so scared I could not think!!!!

    The examiner had to stop the car, can’t stop kicking myself I always check that mirror. Booked another test it’s just the doh complex. I asked if I failed he said yes so I asked if i could stop the test. I know I should have done it just to see what the test was like. I so glad I found this site it’s good to know that you are not alone.

    Good luck to us all
    Lizxxx

  • ampslenoeds

    6 weeks aint that bad. I have had to wait 3 months for another test. I am sitting test no 5 on Tuesday and this time I have decided to take beta blockers to help ease my nerves! I have failed the other 4 times with no more than 1 serious fault and it’s the same tester (a lady, btw) who takes one look at me and has failed me already! I hope and pray I get the guy this time, but if I don’t I am determined to prove to this lady (minus the nerves) I can drive! I am going to dress smartly (the last few times it’s been jeans and combats) and as I am nearly 25 in July (but look 18) she thinks I am a naive young driver! I have my own little car too, so it will make my year if I pass! I failed at the junction leading to a roundabout due to another car signalling in the wrong direction but drove in the direction of me – very misleading, but I should have held back, but then they can get you done for undue hesitation and thats not fair either. Everyone, please pray for me, I will pass one day…lets just hope its Tuesday!!!! Good Luck everyone xoxox

  • Anonymous

    Just failed my second test today. I got 2 serious. One because the examiner felt that I was too close to a parked car on the left and grabbed the steering wheel and the other was for not looking left enough when turning right, both of which I dispute, but hey! Examiners are always right aren’t they?! Both tests I have had female examiners and I swear they don’t like me, my friend says it’s cos I’m a woman as well and women are naturally bitchy towards eachother. I knew I had failed anyway, cos whatever happens during th rest of the test, if they have to touch any of the controls on the car, you’ve failed, simple as. I thought I had a good drive this time, much better than my first one, but counts for nothing does it?
    Good luck everyone, don’t let the wankers get you down!!!

  • tracy

    well 2 months have gone by and i’m chuffed to say that i have passed this morning! the reason i wanna tell you is not to brag but to say that i had a different examiner who was LOVELY, chatty and considerate. i also made mistakes such slip over the speed limit a couple of times and stalled twice and nearly forgot how to restart the friggin keyless car! so it just goes to show that a lot falls on the examiners perception of a safe driver. he choose to dismiss my silly mistakes and judge me on my overall driving. keep your chins up folks if i can do it you can too!

  • Anon

    you can’t get 15 minors and pass…

  • Especially if you run them all over.

  • DONT STRESS MAN

    Yes dont let them get to you, i failed my 3rd test today cos of some stupid BMW driver (why is it always bmw or merc drivers??) they decided to speed round the roundabout at +40mph and they had to break to avoid me so i got failed, was 2 mins from test centre had 2 minors , was so close to passing.

    U just got to not put pressure on yourself, remember its not the end of the world if you fail, dont make excuses just go away pick yourself up and try again and eventually you will pass.

    Nerves are major at your 1st test but as u go on they should ease off,if they dont get yourself to the doctors and get Diazepam or beta blockers or whatever, if u need these though maybe u should consider whether u should drive.

    Most of all remember your not the only one going through this! most pass rates are around 30-40%, that means 60-70% of people are failing, they will fail you on any errors seriously, if you dont make any errors they cant fail you simple as.

    No point being angry with the examiner either, how would you feel if you let someone off with an error and passed em and the next day you read about them being killed in a car crash? if you crashed within 2 weeks of the test the police and DSA would have to investigate the examiner who passed you.

    Its still anoying but move on! it took my girlfriend 7 times!! but she carried on and fair play to her, but she’s the better driver for it now.

    Good luck to everyone who’s still trying

  • Jonny

    Yeh thats all ok, but the fact is in my experience of failing twice, they do set out to blatantly fail you.In some tricky situations, whatever you do, the examiner can make up sum crap and put you down for a serious.
    Anyone can pass a difficult test as long as you put in the work, but theres no way you can rely on anything but luck with a completely unfair system. Its the examiners word against yours..whos gonna win??and they always do!!

  • Anonymous

    I passed my test today, 3rd time. The examiner was more friendly than the other two that I had, who were complete witches, but even this one was still quite rude to me at the end of the test, even though I passed. He said that I hesitated too much in certain parts of the test, but this was only because on test no.2 the examiner gave me a serious for not looking left enough when turning right, so I really wanted to make sure this examiner knew that I was looking properly both ways at junctions. I tried to explain this to him and that I am not a hesitant driver, but he was very dismissive. He just critised me quite abit about it, and not in a professional, objective way either, more of a rude “I don’t think you are good enough to drive” kind of way. I told my instructor when he was driving me home and he said most of them are just complete idiots, they always have to say something to put you down about your driving, even if, overall, you drove well. They can never just congratulate you for passing and bear in mind that you are a learner, who hasn’t got as much experience as them.
    Apart from the other benefits that come with passing my test, I can honestly say that one of them for me is not having to deal with these nasty examiners, who look down their nose at you and think they are better than you. The DSA say the examiners are there to put you at ease and they want you to do well and to pass, but the 3 that I have met have been really awful people, who I hope I never have the misfortune to meet again. I agree that it is an unfair system, but if you wanna drive, you just have to get through it.
    You wouldn’t think I passed today, would you??!!
    Best of luck to everyone, you can do it, just don’t give up ever, even if it takes you 6 million times to pass. Remember, it doesn’t matter how many times it takes to pass, as long as you do. Just think of what a fantasic driver you will when you do, because you will have more experience and practice. I honestly believe that I am a better driver for having failed my first two, because I got more lessons with my instructor, and that can only be a good thing.
    Good luck.

  • Jim

    Hey all.

    Good luck to everyone going for their tests.

    I passed mine yesterday. First time too. I was with BSM, bit more expensive then the usual bunch but well worth it it my opinion.

    I started driving ( lessons ) 5 weeks ago, booked a block of lessons.

    Was dreading it on the day of the test, I woke up early and was knackered at test time. I just convinced myself I was going to fail, seemed to work out for me.

    Just do your best and dont get your hopes up on the day of the test. Its all too easy thinking about what could be ( ie getting your car and how happy you would be etc and more money at work ) before the test, I tried blocking that out completely.

    Regards
    Jim

  • Who

    I just failed my third test today. Everything was going smooth until we head back to the DMV. I was in the left turn only lane about to make a left turn. I check for traffic and see a oncoming car, the car had it’s left turn signal on ( Which would look like he’s turning right on my side, but he’s turning left). I obviously thought he was going to turn, and I start to make my turn. All of a sudden he goes straight, and it would look like I was going to crash into him as I make the turn. That was the dagger. I failed right on the spot for making a dangerous maneuver. I never thought I would be this unlucky. What were the chances of this happening?
    Right now it seems impossible to pass this, and my parents will be pissed as hell. Well, that’s my story.

  • Claire

    It';s so not fair, failed for the 3rd time today. Reading through all the posts it was the dumb prick examinor just being picky as always. I have just kind of gotten use to failing now, don’t even feel shocked when it gets said. Also as said before the DSA just do it for the money…I’m sure they look at my name and have on record everything I’ve failed on, and just think oh fail her on something different this time….more money!!! I will not let them win though and I am determined to do it even if it takes me 10 times!!

  • Anonymous

    What an absolute con, just had my first test today and failed. I got 1 major. I did my parrallel park and i was reversing to get thr front end in, the examiner told me i could not reverse anymore for what reason i dont know? So, i had to leave the car with the front end sticking out slightly which is a ‘serious’. Examiner was such a miserable twat as well. I feel like going out in my car now and doing a parralell park on his fucking face because he’s just thrown £100s down the drain. Conning Twat when i pass im going to run the old fat cunt over.

  • Joe

    Got my 4th test next week, 2nd test was a nightmate, but the 1st and 3rd tests i had just the one serious in each.

    So frustrating when you see some of the idiots on the road as well who have (presumably) passed their tests somehow.

  • Josie

    I’ve got my test in late November and I haven’t even started learning any manouvers yet but my instructer says I’m ready… Which I’m not so sure about! What seems ridiculous to me is you can be failed for being a safe driver. Isn’t hesitation a good thing? And driving under the speed limit. So what if you make other drivers slow down, most of them drive too quickly anyway! Seems like they’ve set up this exam to mean your damned if you do and your damned if you don’t e.g. pull out at that roundabout so you don’t get a fail for hesitation and you may get a serious for almost hitting another car or hesitate and fail anyway! How are you suppose to win?

  • Jason

    It’s not in the test to see if you can do that exact manoeuvre, it’s there to see if you can control the car and maintain observations – if you can’t do that, then you shouldn’t have a license.

  • allwax_nowick@yahoo.com

    It wasnâ??t just that single manoeuvre that I was referring to, but the entire test. It seems to be designed to force the students to do things that they (and most experienced drivers) would certainly do differently in a real driving situation. And even when drivers demonstrate that they can control the car and maintain observations, often they still do not get licenses. RoSPA and the Department for Transport both have web-pages stating that drivers should continue to develop their skills after they have passed the test. This indicates what should be common knowledge: that a novice driver will not be perfect. The fact that Pass Plus exists emphasises this. However there are numerous examiners who fail candidates for inconsequential or trivial acts that have nothing to do with maintaining observation, controlling the car or safe driving. The DSAâ??s web-page states that the examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving, but this is far too often not the case. Driving Instructors even tell their students that they will teach them the â??tricksâ?? to pass the test. Nonetheless, even after paying hundreds or thousands of pounds to learn the â??tricks,â?? a candidate can drive perfectly for 45 minutes and then fail for something trivial at the end. Everything depends on the whims of the examiners. What one examiner considers a minor fault, another will consider serious. What one considers minor today may be considered serious tomorrow. And with over 50% failure rate in this country (over 60% at some centres), it should be an indication that something is wrong. Either the instructors are not teaching properly or the examiners are not testing properly. However, the fact that the DSA wonâ??t even investigate centres with high failure rates shows that they are content with the situation as it exists. At £20 per hours for instruction and £48.50 per test, itâ??s no wonder. The profit being made here is enormous! Again I want to emphasise that I passed my test on the first attempt (both category B and C), so these posts are not out of bitterness over failure. I have sat in on and observed other tests however, and I am appalled at the lack of consistency and non-conformance to written standards on the parts of the examiners.

  • Conor

    I failed my first test today, with 4 majors. I was fine up until my reverse around the corner. I ended up too wide, but during the manouvre I suddenly developed a twitch/shake in my left leg, which made it impossible for me to save the manouvre. So, I knew I had failed, and after that I kind of half gave up, causing me to make silly mistakes which were the other 3 majors. ( Driving too close to a parked car, braked sharply at the changing to red traffic light, trying to go first when turning right in front of oncoming traffic.)
    I also, didnt turn right when the instructor asked me to, taking us on a completely different route, and at one point he said ‘turn left and then left again’, and I completely forgot about the 2nd left, carrying straight on.

    Instructor was ok, I had the feeling he wanted to pass me early on. I hipe I don’t get the same guy again though.

  • Anonymous

    Hi Folks,

    Been reading through your posts and can appreciate fully what you are going through.

    The whole driving test in the UK is nothing but a money making scam. I had 5 tests in total and failed.

    That was when I was 19 – im now 28. For several years after I kept wondering whether to try again until I went to London.

    I travelled down from Manchester (where I live) on a Virgin pendolino train at an average of 128 mph and the journey took just over 2 hours. There is no way you could have done it by road in that time.

    As soon as I came home the provisional went straight in the bin. Im sticking to the quickest and enviromentally friendly form of travel in future – the train.

    Also, I asked myself – do I REALLY NEED a car? No.

    Admittedly, it would be nice but I refuse to waste any more money on this mad government. We already pay over the odds!

    I believe immigrants are getting driving lessons for ZILCH????

    Chris.

  • dave

    Hi Lauren, i just failed mine on the parallel park. ON A HILL. Really p —ed me off. I thought sod this, my next manouvre is the reverse round the corner, which is my favourite. and i like the turn in the road. My instructor has a piece of electrical tape in the rear window at the bottom. Use this to line up with the kerb, and you will be fine.