Are you gearing up to take your driver’s license test soon? While it can be an exciting rite of passage, the nerves can get the best of us! To help make sure that all goes accordingly, read on for the most common mistakes people make during their driving tests.
With a little bit of prep and knowledge ahead of time, you’ll know what to look out for—and have peace of mind as you drive off into success.
Not being familiar with all the road signs
As drivers, we rely heavily on road signs to guide us along our routes. But what happens when we come across a sign that we don’t recognize? Not being familiar with all the road signs can be dangerous, as it may lead to confusion and even accidents.
It’s essential to take the time to learn and understand the various signs on the road, including those that indicate speed limits, lane changes, and potential hazards. By doing so, you’ll not only become a safer and more confident driver, increasing your chances of passing your test, but you’ll also be doing your part in promoting road safety for everyone.
Not paying attention to other drivers on the road
Being a safe driver is more than just following traffic signals and pavement markings. It also involves being aware of your surroundings and paying attention to the actions of other drivers on the road.
Unfortunately, not all drivers take this responsibility seriously. Some are distracted by their phones or other devices, while others are simply inattentive or reckless.
Failing to monitor other vehicles during your test can lead to an instant fail, so be sure to keep your eyes open at all times.
Not being familiar with the local traffic laws
Failing to adhere to the rules of the road during your driving test can also result in an automatic fail.
Even if you’ve been driving for years, it’s essential to familiarize yourself with the local traffic laws before taking the test. Otherwise, you could find yourself on the wrong side of the law, which would be a surefire way to fail your test!
Spending some time prepping for your driving test by reviewing the local traffic laws and brushing up on any other laws that may be relevant to your particular area will ensure you’re fully prepared and familiar with all the rules of the road before taking your test.
Improper use of mirrors
Not using your mirrors properly is another common mistake during a driving test. Every time you change lanes, turn or reverse, you should always use your mirrors.
Not doing so will result in a mark against you and could cause you to fail the test. Make sure that before making any maneuver, you’ve checked your blind spots and used your mirrors to make sure the coast is clear.
Failing to signal properly when changing lanes or making a turn
Proper use of turn signals during your driving test is important. When changing lanes or making a turn, be sure to signal at least five seconds ahead of time with your turn signals.
If you don’t give proper notice before turning or changing lanes, it can result in an automatic fail. Make sure that whenever you need to indicate a lane change or a turn, you always use your turn signals.
Failing to obey the speed limit
Another common mistake that can result in an automatic fail during a driving test is failing to obey the speed limit. All drivers must adhere to posted speed limits and any special instructions given by your examiner during your test.
If you are caught driving over the posted speed limit or going too slow, it can result in an automatic fail. Pay close attention to speed limit signs and always drive within the posted speed limit.
Making illegal turns or running stop signs and red lights
While it might seem extreme, failing your test due to making an illegal turn or running a stop sign or red light is actually not that uncommon.
The pressure of the test day can get to some people and cause them to make a mistake that could have otherwise been avoided. Make sure you pay close attention to all signs, yield when necessary, and wait for your turn at a stop sign or red light.
If you feel unprepared or nervous about taking your driving test, you may need to book more lessons with Northwest Driving School.
Our experienced instructors will help you to build your confidence and develop the skills needed to become a safe and competent driver. We understand that driving tests can be tense, so we’ll ensure you are as well-prepared as possible when test day comes around.
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