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    (Original post by trippywalrus)
    Failed first time, 3 minors and 1 major for going 30 in a 20 zone. Really irritated because I realised and slowed down but obviously I wasn't quick enough. 20mph roads are the bane of my life, I just can't drive that slow!
    The road has a 20 limit for a reason - usually around schools where children could run out into the road unexpectedly and you could kill them. You're lucky you only failed your driving test.

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    (Original post by trippywalrus)
    Failed first time, 3 minors and 1 major for going 30 in a 20 zone. Really irritated because I realised and slowed down but obviously I wasn't quick enough. 20mph roads are the bane of my life, I just can't drive that slow!
    20 is sooo slow but not quite as painful as the 10mph speed limit that's in my test centre haha. You'll pass next time
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    (Original post by Kiki4)
    Just failed mine
    It was a hill junction, as the lights changed my leg started shaking REALLY BAD it wouldn't stop and I saw the examiners face :/
    I managed to stall 3 times I just wanted to get out the car there and then and run 4 miles home!

    Oh and I nearly died because some maniac decided to cut in front of me

    Sorry to hear that but you are so funny in your words too
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    (Original post by SNR)
    There is a very high chance I will be officially be able to join the gang in 12 hours! Honestly, this time last week I wouldn't have been surprised at the thought of walking out the test centre with 0 minors but it seems the nerves have well and truly kicked in and I've lost the ability to do the most basic things.

    Anyone any advice on how not to freak out (or know of any good pills that don't hinder one's ability to drive)? That is a joke... unless you do know of some, in which case ...
    Try the Bach's Rescue Remedy products, though I saw other brands as well. I'm really not sure if it's the one that made me calm that day but try it to prove it yourself. Important is you are confident you know enough to pass.
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    (Original post by Charl-ram)
    Booked driving test for the fourth time there now, hopefully I'll get it this time, fingers crossed :confused: but my instructor thinks im not even ready bearing in mind I've had lessons for over a year, although he still likes to think i cant drive solidly for two hours as my concentration just goes up the left and i can literally do nothing about it ive tried kalm tabs, redbull, etc. he wont even let me turn the radio/music on, (what i usually do to help me concentrate doing college work at home) I keep reminding him the test only lasts 40 minutes (i can drive perfect for one hour makin no mistakes but when the second hour starts i make loads of big mistakes when im driving) and hes now dreading if i pass cause he says when im driving on my own for more than one hour.. something bad might happen as i cant switch off when im driving, they'l be serious consequences.
    What can I do?
    You have a tough case :confused: .Problem is you can't switch on a radio during your test as it is a "Don't" in the Highway Code. You can't pass driving just good enough for 1 hr, can you? Passing is DVLA trusting you that you are safe to learn further and on trickier situations. And as I said again and again, length of time you spent learning is nothing if it still doesn't show you are ready. Sorry it's hard to accept, but that's the case.
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    (Original post by barmutlu1)
    Omg passed my test on my third go with 8 minors I still can't believe it I had the same examiner as last time soo lucky coz she was lovely I actually thought she was gonna fail me again but glad I passed finally phewwww! You guys don't lose hope keep trying u will pass today or tomorrow good luck!!

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    You must post this on the "I passed my test" thread Congrats though!
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    (Original post by Northstar212)
    You have a tough case :confused: .Problem is you can't switch on a radio during your test as it is a "Don't" in the Highway Code. You can't pass driving just good enough for 1 hr, can you? Passing is DVLA trusting you that you are safe to learn further and on trickier situations. And as I said again and again, length of time you spent learning is nothing if it still doesn't show you are ready. Sorry it's hard to accept, but that's the case.
    Hahah I can surely try it I'm sorry, but I thought you already passed the test? Why are you still commenting on this thread if you've nothing nice to say to me? :hi: I think it is though cause the longer you drive for, the more experience you get??! Yes? No? Maybe? Possibility?
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    Failed this morning it was going pretty well for the first 20 minutes and then I was took on a route which I'd never done before, never practiced, nothing. I had no idea where I was going and lost all confidence I had to carry on and became very very hesitant, something which failed me in the end. Undue hesitation, PAH!
    The second he told me to turn left at the roundabout and not right, which I normally do, I knew I'd failed.

    If I'd of had any other route I would have passed, I just know it, it was a near perfect drive had I not hesitated ALL THE TIME.
    I'm so annoyed at myself, I know I could have passed ( :banghead:
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    (Original post by Sarah_143)
    Failed this morning it was going pretty well for the first 20 minutes and then I was took on a route which I'd never done before, never practiced, nothing. I had no idea where I was going and lost all confidence I had to carry on and became very very hesitant, something which failed me in the end. Undue hesitation, PAH!
    The second he told me to turn left at the roundabout and not right, which I normally do, I knew I'd failed.

    If I'd of had any other route I would have passed, I just know it, it was a near perfect drive had I not hesitated ALL THE TIME.
    I'm so annoyed at myself, I know I could have passed ( :banghead:
    So when you pass, will you only drive to places you know?

    Of course not. So you rightly failed.

    You'll probably want to go out and practice every possible test route ever, but that's not the best way to view this. You need more confidence in your general driving so that you can drive to unknown places.

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    (Original post by Juno)
    So when you pass, will you only drive to places you know?

    Of course not. So you rightly failed.

    You'll probably want to go out and practice every possible test route ever, but that's not the best way to view this. You need more confidence in your general driving so that you can drive to unknown places.

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    I think it was more the fact I wasn't expecting it to go the way it did that freaked me out and the fact I felt under so much pressure. If I had been driving on my own in this situation it would be a different story.
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    (Original post by Sarah_143)
    I think it was more the fact I wasn't expecting it to go the way it did that freaked me out and the fact I felt under so much pressure. If I had been driving on my own in this situation it would be a different story.
    Since you haven't driven on your own you can't reliably say that. But even so, there are many situations that mean you might have to go the way you don't expect (roadworks meaning road is closed, for example) so you can't go to pieces over it.

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    I wouldn't be marked on being hesitant
    oh well, what's done is done, I know for next time
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    (Original post by Sarah_143)
    Failed this morning it was going pretty well for the first 20 minutes and then I was took on a route which I'd never done before, never practiced, nothing. I had no idea where I was going and lost all confidence I had to carry on and became very very hesitant, something which failed me in the end. Undue hesitation, PAH!
    The second he told me to turn left at the roundabout and not right, which I normally do, I knew I'd failed.
    Ah, the folly of route learning!

    Instructors are as much to blame for this. If they teach judgement and confidence on roads the learner has never been on before, they can drive anywhere, then it won't matter if they go off route on a test.

    Even on a test, your skill should be the same on a route you pick up from cold as on a road you know extremely well. Even on roads you know well, the unexpected can happen.

    Those who have taken music exams will have heard of "sight reading". If learners learned to "sight read" roads rather than route learn, the pass rate would almost double and the roads would be a lot safer.
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    Well now I feel terrible
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    (Original post by Sarah_143)
    Well now I feel terrible
    Why? Just have a few more lessons, get your confidence back up and try again. Fall down seven times get back up eight and all that. Tbh my instructor did take me on all the possible routes just so that lots of my lessons were like how the test would be - in the same format, but they've just began changing the routes up round here and so I ended up getting a route i'd never been on. I agree, it can be pretty daunting when you don't know where you're going but, as others have said, you will be doing this when you pass! You will pass your test, you just need to believe in yourself more! Maybe try asking your instructor to take you to places you've never been before and practice how the test would be so you have to decide for yourself where to go, which lane to be in etc, this will help build your confidence. I know you can do it
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    (Original post by lauraaaaa)
    Why? Just have a few more lessons, get your confidence back up and try again. Fall down seven times get back up eight and all that. Tbh my instructor did take me on all the possible routes just so that lots of my lessons were like how the test would be - in the same format, but they've just began changing the routes up round here and so I ended up getting a route i'd never been on. I agree, it can be pretty daunting when you don't know where you're going but, as others have said, you will be doing this when you pass! You will pass your test, you just need to believe in yourself more! Maybe try asking your instructor to take you to places you've never been before and practice how the test would be so you have to decide for yourself where to go, which lane to be in etc, this will help build your confidence. I know you can do it
    Thank you, I know everyone is right about having to do roads I've never been on before when I pass. I've had so many issues with my confidence whilst learning to drive due to bad experiences with a previous instructor, which I've somewhat resolved now, I feel that perhaps I thought I was a bit more confident than it seems I was. Does this even make sense? idk
    I'm having a few more lessons & putting back in for my test quite soon though, hopefully next time I'll get the result I'm after
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    (Original post by Sarah_143)
    Thank you, I know everyone is right about having to do roads I've never been on before when I pass. I've had so many issues with my confidence whilst learning to drive due to bad experiences with a previous instructor, which I've somewhat resolved now, I feel that perhaps I thought I was a bit more confident than it seems I was. Does this even make sense? idk
    I'm having a few more lessons & putting back in for my test quite soon though, hopefully next time I'll get the result I'm after
    Yeah, I wasn't confident with driving until near my test and even then I wasn't that confident. The best thing is more practice in places you aren't that familiar with so you're prepared for the test again. I'm sure you'll pass this time
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    I've got my third test tomorrow! Very nervous... just because I feel like I can't mess it up again or I'm going to disappoint my parents a third time. It's ridiculously expensive doing these tests!

    Last test I made the most ridiculous mistake of nearly running a red light (I saw amber and thought I could make it) and obviously I know not to do that... it won't happen again - I'll be so careful around traffic lights this time! Other than that my examiner said it was a very good drive, even he couldn't work out why I did it. He slammed down the brakes and from then on it was the worst feeling.

    It's annoying knowing you can do it, when your lessons are almost perfect, but falling to pieces in the exam! I think it's 99% nerves. I get ridiculously nervous :-(

    Oh well. Third time lucky!
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    ...could I have said ridiculous one more time? :L
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    Failed for the second time today. This time i got no minors but 2 majors. One because I joined a queue at the roundabout when I turned left but apparently the instructor said a car behind me would have had to slow down as i didn't leave enough room for them at the junction. The second one was because i was suppose to be indicating right and in the right lane because i was taking the second exit off a roundabout. I tried to dispute both points because on the first one, the queue of traffic at the roundabout would have happened anyway. On the second major i tried to explain that at the first exit i would have had to indicate left; the second exit didn't need an indication when approaching but a left indication when i came off and i would have had to indicate right if i was turning on third exit. But he was adamant that i should have been in the right hand lane as the first exit was a bus route. Rules of roundabouts baffle me.

    What annoyed me was the instructor kept complimenting on how good of a driver I was. I think i failed for stupid reasons and if anything they should have been minors. People should have the right to dispute test instructor decisions.

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