The Irish driving test isn’t designed to be easy; it’s designed to make sure you’re ready to drive safely and responsibly.
If you fail your driving test, it’s not the end of the world, and you can rest easy knowing that the average pass rate last year in Ireland was just 53.9%.
It’s tough to take, but you’ll be even more prepared for your next attempt.
And after failing, use your time with your driving instructor wisely to iron out any issues that contributed to your initial failing.
Here are the five most common reasons new drivers in Ireland fail their driving test.
1. Inadequate observation.
One of the critical things you learn in driving lessons is to observe at all times.
That means checking all of your mirrors before moving, surveying everything around you, and exercising awareness at junctions and roundabouts.
It also includes being alert and observant while changing lanes.
Tip: The next time you’re having a driving lesson pay particular attention to your surroundings. Watch as people cross the road, drive in a lane beside you and manoeuvre into parking spaces.
2. Not using mirrors and indicators properly.
Your mirrors are there to help and guide you and most importantly, help you to see things in blind spots.
But a lot of Irish drivers don’t use them correctly and end up failing their driving test.
Your indicators are an essential part of your car as they signal your attention to other drivers.
And using them correctly avoids potentially dangerous situations.
Tip: If you’ve failed your test because of your mirror use or indicators then speak to your driving instructor and ask he/she to focus totally on this in upcoming lessons.
Bonus tip: Get to know your mirrors and understand their value. Make sure your mirrors are adjusted individually for you so that they show you as much of the road and surroundings as possible.
3. Speeding or failing to adhere to speed limits.
Speeding doesn’t necessarily mean going 80KMH in a 60KMH zone.
It means adhering to speed limits in all areas; you can fail your test if you go 33KMH in a 30KMH zone.
Speeding is one of the most dangerous and damaging things a driver can do, and as a result, your examiner will punish any speeding with a fail.
Always be mindful of where you’re driving; you could quickly move from a 40KMH zone into a 30KMH area, so keep an eye for speed signs at all times.
Also, be mindful of weather; your speed should be reflective of the conditions, for example, rain, ice, snow etc.
Tip: Remember that speeding doesn’t always mean travelling fast. It means going above local speed limits in different areas.
4. Reversing around corners.
Reversing around corners requires a full catalogue of driving skills: using your mirrors, using your eyes, avoiding kerbs and ensuring you don’t go too wide.
Coordination between vision and brain is vital.
You’ll be marked on your observational awareness and how you position the vehicle.
Tip: The more you practice reversing, the more confident you will be. Ask your driving instructor to focus on reversing at your next driving lesson.
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