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The Ultimate "I failed my driving test!" Thread ‎-MK II

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    Failed today within ten minutes. Leaving a dual-carriageway A-road which is obviously 70, we join a separate bit of the road instead of continuing over a flyover. This separate bit of the road is 40; something I totally forgot about as I was so on-edge and nervous; continued along at 55 ish and there you go; an instant fail before I'd ever actually put the handbrake on.

    I only got four other minor faults. I'm so unbelievably cross with myself; it's a road literally minutes from where I live, a road I know so well, and I failed instantly on it. And I have to wait until the start of July to re-take. The joy...
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    (Original post by tinkerbell_xxx)
    Oh I see, do you think there is a specific reason you are failing? Or did you fail the 3 tests for different reasons?
    With the driving tests, sometimes it can just be luck of the route or the types of drivers around you.
    Do you do mock tests with your instructor?
    Different routes each time and failed for different reasons - always due to one major though (with a couple of minors).

    Yep we've done mock tests before. The trouble is that it isn't one consistent problem that I've been messing up on that we can focus on in lessons. If I had got a turn in the road today instead of the reverse around the corner it would have probably been fine. Such a pointless manoeuvre.

    Absolutely gutted, I feel completely humiliated yet again - I've never sucked at anything as much as I've sucked at driving.
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    This is a joke! Failed my 3rd test today, the last time I got 4 minors, had the same guy I had on my last test this time I only got 2 minors but he failed me on parallel parking because I put it in 1st gear twice to straighten it up. I did everything safely, in the end I parked perfect and didn't touch the kerb. How is this fair?
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    (Original post by rsk94)
    This is a joke! Failed my 3rd test today, the last time I got 4 minors, had the same guy I had on my last test this time I only got 2 minors but he failed me on parallel parking because I put it in 1st gear twice to straighten it up. I did everything safely, in the end I parked perfect and didn't touch the kerb. How is this fair?
    That's really unfair In real life most drivers make adjustments like that, why that's a fail I have no idea. Very frustrating, but by the sounds of it you are definitely capable of passing your test, just need more luck on your side.


    And to all those who say luck doesn't come into it, it does. If this guy had a 3 point turn he probably would've passed.
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    (Original post by rsk94)
    he failed me on parallel parking because I put it in 1st gear twice to straighten it up. I did everything safely, in the end I parked perfect and didn't touch the kerb. How is this fair?
    It's an exercise in control and you have to complete the manoeuvre within a reasonable amount of time. If you take minutes to complete and several shunts, you are lacking in control, or have poor spatial judgement, or both. If you are blocking the road in a busy town centre and traffic is queuing in both directions while waiting for you to finish, and you take several shunts, you're holding the traffic up for longer than necessary. You should be able to park the car on the first attempt. No-one is perfect, but if you do make an error, it should be correctable with the minimum of fuss and only one small forward movement should be necessary.

    (Original post by Twinpeaks)
    And to all those who say luck doesn't come into it, it does. If this guy had a 3 point turn he probably would've passed.
    I've read all about this debate before. While the choice of manoeuvre you get is down to luck, you should be confident and skilled enough in all the manoeuvres to pass without having to rely on blind luck. Skill overcomes luck.

    Besides, if anyone gets a 3 point turn, there's no guarantee of a pass as again this depends on your skill. If you take many minutes and umpteen shunts to complete, you'll fail on that too.
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    (Original post by Advisor)
    I've read all about this debate before. While the choice of manoeuvre you get is down to luck, you should be confident and skilled enough in all the manoeuvres to pass without having to rely on blind luck. Skill overcomes luck.

    Besides, if anyone gets a 3 point turn, there's no guarantee of a pass as again this depends on your skill. If you take many minutes and umpteen shunts to complete, you'll fail on that too.
    That's too idealistic though. Yes in an ideal world we'd all be equally as perfect at all the manoeuvres. But believe it or not, most of us aren't. As inexperienced drivers, most of us have a weak point. Most of us have a manoeuvre which we dislike.
    My driving instructor who was fantastic and had a brilliant pass rate said the majority of his students take their test whilst having a weak point in their manoeuvres.

    Besides, in order for luck to not have any part at all in your test, you'd have to have absolutely NO weak points, which is probably true about 1-5% of learner drivers.

    Luck does play a role. I'm sorry, but I'm being realistic. It does.
    Yes skill can absolutely trump luck. But in the average case, luck trumps skill.
    If luck isn't involved then an instructor would be able to say with certainty every person they take to do their test will pass, because their skill is at the level where luck has no part to play. But that's simply unrealistic.

    I know that when I failed my test my first time, I could just as easily have passed. And I also know that when I passed second time around, I could easily have failed as well.

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