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What You Should Do After Failing Your Driving Test

What You Should Do After Failing Your Driving Test
Tina Playle
  • On November 14, 2017

It’s something everyone wants to avoid as a learner driver, but it happens to the majority of us. It’s best not to think of it as a fail, but as more of a practice!

Failing your driving test can be a normal part of learning to drive. It’s knowing how to deal with it and learning from your past mistakes to be able to prevent it from happening again that will allow you to pass your test as a more experienced driver!

To help you out, we’ve shared our plan of action if you find yourself in this situation.


Listen to The Reasons Why

All those who have previously failed their driving test go through the same moment. You’re sat in the car; the examiner says the word “failed” and everything else is a blur.

Even though the majority of people who drive have failed their driving test at least once, it doesn’t make the experience any more enjoyable.

Once the examiner has confirmed you have failed, you might find that it’s difficult to concentrate on anything else they have to say. Your thoughts are running at a mile a minute, but you have to find it within yourself to listen to them. Especially as they are explaining why you’re in this situation.

Pin pointing the exact reasons why you have failed the driving test is the first step to overcoming them, this will increase your chances of passing your next driving test.

The examiner should hand you a mark sheet which will break down everything that led to the fail.

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Tell Your Instructor

Communication with your driving instructor is hugely important after failing your driving test.

If your driving instructor isn’t present at the test centre, make sure to pick up the phone as soon as you can.

You should pass on all the information that the examiner gave you (including the mark sheet), to your driving instructor. This should help them identify what the next steps should be.


Identify & Discuss

Providing your driving instructor knows what happened, they’ll be able to tell you how to overcome any issues. For example, if you made a major error on lack of observations at junctions, you can have a few more lessons to focus on that part of your driving.

Not sure why you failed? Check out our previous blog post outlining the Top 5 Reasons Why Learner Drivers Fail Their Driving Test.

There’s no shame in getting extra driving lessons. If you haven’t already, make sure you have a mock driving test with your instructor a couple of hours before your driving test to get you in the zone!

Don’t fancy any more lessons? You can get covered for private practice in your own time with InsureLearnerDriver!

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Rebook the Test

If you and your instructor are confident that you’re ready to go again, rebook that test! Remember to keep in mind that you have to choose a test date that is at least 10 working days away.

You’ve got this! If you’ve successfully worked through your issues, you have nothing to worry about! Just try your best and remember your observations!

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