Post # 1
I failed my driving test for the second time today (UK). I failed with only one driving fault which was a silly error at a Give Way. What annoys me is that during my test I had to witness at least 6 idiots who supposedly had a license commit serious and dangerous driving in front of me. Add this to the fact there’s currently a 6 week wait for tests in my area…means that I cannot sit the test again for ages.
Post # 3
@emmrr3: Oh man, sorry to hear! 🙁
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
So Sorry!! From what I’ve heard it seems to be a lot more difficult to pass this test in the UK than in the US. I’ve heard some strange stories too, back in the day when my Dad took his test they would randomly slam a clip board on the dashboard during the test and you had to react as though as small child had just run out in front of you car. More recently my cousin had to take hers three times before she passed, one time she went in and the left head lamp was out – automatic fail, on the drive off it came back on!! She went straight back and begged them to let her take the test but they wouldn’t budge!
Best of luck next time around!
Post # 6
I failed my last driving test (we have two in Canada) for not looking both ways when going through a green light for emergency vehicles (who does this?) and my friend failed for slowing down on an empty residential road when there was a squirrel in the middle of the road…
So if they failed you with one fault do you have to have an absolutely perfect driving test? Or does it depend on what you do and how bad they feel it is?
Post # 7
@pixiecat: In the UK there are “majors” and “minors”. You are allowed up to 15 minors such assignalling a few seconds too early/late, slight hesitation etc etc.
Major faults include obstructing traffic, going to fast, running through red lights, braking too abruptly etc etc. My one major today was at a stupidly positioned Give Way, I went to go (I didn’t make enough of a “stop” at the line, because I could already see that all wasclear… but obviously I should have been more routine about it. That’s what cost me.
So in UK, you can pass with no major faults but with 14 minors,
but if you get any number of majors or you breach 15 minors, you fail.
In the UK, for some stupid reason there are only a few tests per hour and in my city, only 2 testing centres. So there is a waiting list of 6 weeks (though I will be checking the bookings website for cancellations like a HAWK lol).
I’m frustrated because apart from that, I would have passed, that I have to wait so long to do it again, and that whilst out on my test I had to slow down /hang back from idiots driving ahead of me, pulling out illegally etc. It’s a bit of a bitter pill to swallow. But I feel better now I’ve had my rant!
Post # 8
Thanks! It will be owrth it when I do pass it’s just so frustrating! Feeling better now I’ve had my rant.
Post # 9
@emmrr3: That sucks! Sorry about your test…
The first time I took my driver’s test, it was in the middle of a blizzard! That was awful. I ended up going through a stop sign because it was COMPLETELY covered in snow, so I couldn’t see it!
Post # 10
@emmrr3: Oh, that sucks!!!!
The first time I tried to take the driving test, there was something wrong with my parents’ car (which I was going to use for it) and I couldn’t do it!
When I finally passed it, I passed by a hair, because I COMPLETELY failed to parallel-park (it was all snowy and hard to judge where everything was, and it was on a busy street). And the tester yelled at me when I took a left turn (like a right turn for you in the UK, across traffic) and there was someone stopped across from me way on the other side of a very wide road. There was plenty of room and time, it was just a technicality that I wasn’t supposed to have gone. Ugh.
Make your new appointment as soon as you can! And try to go to a driving test place in a less busy area/smaller town, because it will be less nerve-racking that way. I made the mistake of doing mine in a small city, bad idea.
Post # 11
<.< I failed my test 4 … 4 friggin times before I passed… and I took it before the graduated licencing program came in. I eventually hired a driving instructor. Worth every penny. 10 years later, no accidents, no tickets.
Post # 12
@BrandNewBride: I hope I pass before the snow comes! I’ve never driven in snow!
@Creiddylad: Thanks. I’ve made my next appointment but it is mid November!! There are normally cancellations so I needto check the website each night when theyrelease them. Fingers crossed for 3rd time lucky.
Post # 13
@HappySky7: Good to hear! No accidents is great 🙂 I’m alright now but I was annoyed at myself earlier for failing by 1 fault. Rawrr, lol.
Post # 14
I passed my test on the first try, which was good because it meant I could drive to physio appointments to treat the whiplash from the idiot behind me who rear ended me because she thought a yield sign meant merge. I got a good lesson about how to properly deal with an accident along with the road test.
At least the idiots you saw were in front of you
Post # 15
@emmrr3: Aww you’ll get there. It took me three tries before I got my licence… And that was after going through 3 different instructors with intermittent lessons which I eventually cancelled towards my final year of high school because it was too much for me at the time… but I got there.
And if I got there, then I’m sure you can 😛
Post # 16
@emmrr3: One time I failed because I blew through a pedestrian corridor outside of an elementary school. -_- don’t feel bad. lol.