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    I failed for my 'steering' and 'signalling' - I don't really understand how I could fail solely based on them things.. I've been driving for 4 years (on and off), never had an accident, and very careful - I could tell my instructor hated life and I've been told that they can only put through a certain amount a month, is it possible I was just unlucky?

    I hate how they can simply fail someone just if they're having a bad day!
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    The simple and direct answer to your question is YES
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    Mate. Ive had a similar and worser experience.

    I took my driving test 2 months ago. My examiner was a woman. In the test, I drove quite neatly. I never hit over 30 mph (mostly 25-30 or slower when necessary). I always checked my blank spot, observations and mirrors before signalling. I only turned at junctions when it was clear.
    On quiet roads, I drove quite slow (around 10-15 mph) and gave way to people oncoming when necessary.

    After the exam, she failed me for 1 serious mistake of steering at a junction. I turned very slightly left because I didnt want to hit the kerb on my right. I was kind of like "What?! Ok then..".

    However, the problem was that she gave me a hefty 16 minor faults. Including 3 speeding faults and alot of other unneccesary faults. Which means that she would have failed me anyway because I wasnt allowed to do the second manoeuvre because of my serious mistake.

    I remember driving normally and she would just be ticking the paper unnneccesarily sometimes.
    I think she did this because she was a racist and I am a 22 year old muslim male and she just wanted to ruin my life and make me wait another 3 months. Maybe she was having a bad day too which is not our fault, is it? Very heartless people out there. Never keep your guard down.

    Signalling is quite important mate. Instructors are very strict. One small mistake and your f**ked basically.
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    They go mental over signalling.
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    You've been driving for 4 YEARS and haven't passed your test yet?
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    Signalling is super important. If you leave indicators on, don't use them, or use them too late into a manoeuvre it's a legitimate reason to fail you and a significant cause of road accidents. It's not heartless or mean or overly harsh. If you can't be a model road user for the duration of your test when you should be on your best behaviour it's unlikely you'll be a safer driver when you don't have someone there to judge you.
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    atleast you didnt drive on the wrong side of the road like i did
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    (Original post by Naveed-7)
    Mate. Ive had a similar and worser experience.

    I took my driving test 2 months ago. My examiner was a woman. In the test, I drove quite neatly. I never hit over 30 mph (mostly 25-30 or slower when necessary). I always checked my blank spot, observations and mirrors before signalling. I only turned at junctions when it was clear.
    On quiet roads, I drove quite slow (around 10-15 mph) and gave way to people oncoming when necessary.

    After the exam, she failed me for 1 serious mistake of steering at a junction. I turned very slightly left because I didnt want to hit the kerb on my right. I was kind of like "What?! Ok then..".

    However, the problem was that she gave me a hefty 16 minor faults. Including 3 speeding faults and alot of other unneccesary faults. Which means that she would have failed me anyway because I wasnt allowed to do the second manoeuvre because of my serious mistake.

    I remember driving normally and she would just be ticking the paper unnneccesarily sometimes.
    I think she did this because she was a racist and I am a 22 year old muslim male and she just wanted to ruin my life and make me wait another 3 months. Maybe she was having a bad day too which is not our fault, is it? Very heartless people out there. Never keep your guard down.

    Signalling is quite important mate. Instructors are very strict. One small mistake and your f**ked basically.

    If you were driving at 10-15mph on quiet roads then I'm not surprised you failed.
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    Well, steering and signalling are pretty fundamental aspects of driving.. what exactly did you fail on? I got a minor for dry steering in my test, but that's different to eg hitting the curb five times.*
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    (Original post by milliemogs)
    If you were driving at 10-15mph on quiet roads then I'm not surprised you failed.
    You are not supposed to drive more than 10-15 mph on a quiet road. Quiet roads are very narrow and there is less gap. Children, toddlers and animals can jump out between cars at anytime.

    And for your information, Im not talking about main roads, dualcarriageways or motorways at all.

    So whats your reply to this? ^^
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    (Original post by ATW1)
    You've been driving for 4 YEARS and haven't passed your test yet?
    took me 6 years - you don't know their circumstances*
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    Take it again.
    And yes it is true, they can only pass a certain amount of people each month. I passed on my fifth attempt and i booked my test on the first monday of the new month... she could have failed me because i had already done 2 minors each on 2 different things, if i had one more minor on those things i would have failed because it would have been regarded as a "repeated mistake" and that turns into a fault.
    I passed with 5 minors and you need to drive completely relaxed and just remind yourself that you do know how to drive - no need to feel under pressure by the stupid examiner.
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    (Original post by Naveed-7)
    You are not supposed to drive more than 10-15 mph on a quiet road. Quiet roads are very narrow and there is less gap. Children, toddlers and animals can jump out between cars at anytime.

    And for your information, Im not talking about main roads at all.

    So whats your reply to this? ^^
    It just seems ridiculously slow.
    Where you not taken on roads with a speed limit over 30mph? I find it quite unnerving that they could potentially pass people without seeing them drive over 30mph.
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    (Original post by milliemogs)
    It just seems ridiculously slow.
    Were you not taken on roads with a speed limit over 30mph? I find it quite unnerving that they could potentially pass people without seeing them drive over 30mph.
    Yes, I was taken on roads with a speed limit over 30mph.
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    (Original post by Naveed-7)
    Yes, I was taken on roads with a speed limit over 30mph.
    But you never drove over 30mph?
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    (Original post by WishfulThinker1)
    I failed for my 'steering' and 'signalling' - I don't really understand how I could fail solely based on them things.. I've been driving for 4 years (on and off), never had an accident, and very careful - I could tell my instructor hated life and I've been told that they can only put through a certain amount a month, is it possible I was just unlucky?I hate how they can simply fail someone just if they're having a bad day!
    It depends on the extent of the issue. If you forgot to use indicators or steered dangerously that would be reason enough to fail you. They have to real picky about what they can let through but equally they are also human. If they don't feel you did enough to pass then you won't pass. If you legitimately think it as bias, or that you should have passed you can take it up with them but ultimately you'd need evidence. Without being there and knowing how much of an issue it actually was we can't say if it was silly.And keep in mind that instructors can't tell what you're thinking or seeing. Something you did right may have been missed by the examiner, making it look like you did something random. We just don't know.


    (Original post by Naveed-7)
    I never hit over 30 mph (mostly 25-30 or slower when necessary).

    On quiet roads, I drove quite slow (around 10-15 mph) and gave way to people oncoming when necessary.

    However, the problem was that she gave me a hefty 16 minor faults. Including 3 speeding faults and alot of other unneccesary faults.

    I think she did this because she was a racist and I am a 22 year old muslim male and she just wanted to ruin my life and make me wait another 3 months.
    This is very unlikely to be racism. What you describe is dangerous driving. On normal roads the safest speed is close to the speed limit. Going excessively slow is just as dangerous as speeding.

    If you were in 40 or higher zones and continued travelling at 30 miles an hour that's dangerous. And it makes it look like you weren't observant enough to notice speed limits.

    Likewise driving at 10-15mph on quiet roads is also dangerous. Yes you need to go slow but that's too slow. You should be able to drive at 20-30mph depending on the road safely and have time to react.

    Your speeding faults sound perfectly justified. You need to be observing and travelling at speed limits all the time when it is appropriate. That doesn't mean hitting 60 on a country lane the moment you see a national speed limit symbol but it also doesn't mean pottering around at 10mph.

    If you did what you described on a main road that's cause to be pulled by the police. There's minimum speed limits enforced in some locations as well for safety.
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    (Original post by milliemogs)
    It just seems ridiculously slow.
    Where you not taken on roads with a speed limit over 30mph? I find it quite unnerving that they could potentially pass people without seeing them drive over 30mph.
    at best its 20 in a school area, so it should be 30 and upwards unless stated on the road or by signs. 10-15 is far too slow really

    its not so much unsafe, it just you unnecessarily holds up traffic.
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    (Original post by Acsel)
    It depends on the extent of the issue. If you forgot to use indicators or steered dangerously that would be reason enough to fail you. They have to real picky about what they can let through but equally they are also human. If they don't feel you did enough to pass then you won't pass. If you legitimately think it as bias, or that you should have passed you can take it up with them but ultimately you'd need evidence. Without being there and knowing how much of an issue it actually was we can't say if it was silly.And keep in mind that instructors can't tell what you're thinking or seeing. Something you did right may have been missed by the examiner, making it look like you did something random. We just don't know.


    I never hit over 30 mph (mostly 25-30 or slower when necessary).

    On quiet roads, I drove quite slow (around 10-15 mph) and gave way to people oncoming when necessary.

    However, the problem was that she gave me a hefty 16 minor faults. Including 3 speeding faults and alot of other unneccesary faults.

    I think she did this because she was a racist and I am a 22 year old muslim male and she just wanted to ruin my life and make me wait another 3 months.

    This is very unlikely to be racism. What you describe is dangerous driving. On normal roads the safest speed is close to the speed limit. Going excessively slow is just as dangerous as speeding.

    You are misunderstood. On a normal road I drove 30 mph or 25 mph which is still acceptable. I slowed down if there was an obstruction.

    If you were in 40 or higher zones and continued travelling at 30 miles an hour that's dangerous. And it makes it look like you weren't observant enough to notice speed limits.

    You are misunderstood again. I did not say I drove 30mph in a 40 mph zone. I drove mostly 40mph but sometimes 35 mph which is still acceptable in a 40 mph zone.

    Likewise driving at 10-15mph on quiet roads is also dangerous. Yes you need to go slow but that's too slow. You should be able to drive at 20-30mph depending on the road safely and have time to react.

    You are again misunderstood! I drove 10-15mph on very tight quiet roads. (This is the road where there are loads of terraced houses and large amount of cars on each side). Driving over 15mph in these type of roads are very very dangerous. Children, toddlers could pop out between cars at anytime.
    Your starting to seem like a fool.


    Your speeding faults sound perfectly justified. You need to be observing and travelling at speed limits all the time when it is appropriate. That doesn't mean hitting 60 on a country lane the moment you see a national speed limit symbol but it also doesn't mean pottering around at 10mph.

    You are again misunderstood and stupid. I did not say I travelled 10mph in a 60mph zone.
    I was travelling 25-30 in a 30 zone. I was travelling 35-40 in a 40mph zone. And I was travelling 10-15mph in a quiet terraced house road which is full of cars on each side where children can pop out at any time..

    If you did what you described on a main road that's cause to be pulled by the police. There's minimum speed limits enforced in some locations as well for safety.
    You are again misunderstood. I did not say I travelled 10-15 mph on a main road! Im talking about the quiet type of roads where there are loads of cars on each side and there are loads of terraced houses. There is also a short gap in between.

    My Reply ^^^^. Click "see more". You are misunderstood mate.
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    (Original post by sketchymofo2)
    at best its 20 in a school area, so it should be 30 and upwards unless stated on the road or by signs. 10-15 is far too slow really

    its not so much unsafe, it just you unnecessarily holds up traffic.
    15 mph is NOT too slow on a road where there is a short gap in between and there are large amount of cars on each side where children can pop out at anytime.

    Im not talking about main roads or A roads.
    Im talking about the quiet village terraced house roads where there are loads of cars on each side and loads of bends at the end where I also need to travel at 15 mph.
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    (Original post by Naveed-7)
    15 mph is NOT too slow on a road where there is a short gap in between and there are large amount of cars on each side where children can pop out at anytime.

    Im not talking about main roads or A roads.
    Im talking about the quiet village terraced house roads where there are loads of cars on each side and loads of bends at the end where I also need to travel at 15 mph.
    can say unless there's traffic calming measures then it would be still be 30, 20 is usually school zones.
 
 
 
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