Common Driving Test Questions Myths and Mistakes
In the time you are waiting for the day of your practical driving test to come. You may find that family, friends and colleagues may seem to have some advice of their driving test experiences.
But is this information true? Or just fiction? Find out on this question and answer sheet.
- Should you set your mirrors off sightly? So you have to move your head to see the mirrors and the examiner will see that you are checking your mirrors?
This is a old tail. The examiners are training to notice that you are checking your mirrors. Over exaggerating may take your mind off driving and cause distraction.
- If you cause the car to stall, does this mean I fail my test?
As long as you have not stalled in a hazardous situation, such as a busy junction or roundabout. If you deal with the situation properly and correctly this is not classed as a major fault. You still have a good chance of passing your test.
- Is the driving test much harder to pass than the older days?
The manager of the Driving Instructors Association states. ‘When he was teaching in the 1960’s it was possible to get pupils up the test standard in about 10-15 lessons. In modern day this is now impossible. The roads are now a lot busier which means you have to have a high standers of driving.
The test has more components now than back in the 1960’s. There is extra reverse parking manoeuvres and a theory test. Back in the 1960’s pupils where just asked a couple of questions on the Highway Code.’
- Women should dress in skirts and low cut tops which will distract the examiner from their mistakes that have been made?
This is a total myth. Ultimately if you did dress like this, the examiner is more likely to fail you and hope to see you agin so they could have anther look. The best thing is to wear cloths that you feel comfortable in and keep your mind on your driving.
- Do men find the driving test easier to pass than women?
The Department on Transport carried out a study in 2004. This study showed on average that men had 36.2 lessons before passing and 51.9 before passing. With test attempts men took 1.8 and women 2.1.
However after the men have passed the test they are responsible for 97% of dangerous driving offences.
- Do driving schools lead you to have more lessons then needed?
The driving schools do not do this as its no point to have lot of learners without any goal at the end. Most schools like their pupils to spread the word about their success. For a rough guide if you are ready to take your test you should be able to drive for an hour without any verbal guidance on your driving and without any assistance from your instructor. The DSA states that most simply take their test before they are ready and are not successful.
- Are some test centres easier to pass in than others?
The UK pass rate rate does vary in different test centres. The general pass rate from 2005-2006 where in London (Wood Green)28%, Biringham 31%, Pwllheli (Wales) 54% and Inverary (Scotland) 59%.
The difference in pass rates is mainly because the different levels of traffic. In some areas where there is high levels of traffic it is more easy to make mistakes (e.g when dealing with roundabouts and when pulling out of a junction.
- Some examiners like failing leaner drivers on test?
Examiners are trained to be professional and do not let their personal feelings effect their assessment . They also have to report back to the supervisor examiner and a unusual number of passes or failures will be looked into.
The way that the assessment is made on weather you pass you test is easier for the examiner to give you good news. Good news mean less paperwork for the examiner.
- Does the driving test become harder to pass as you get older?
From previous figures it has shown the young candidates pass more easily. Figures from 2004-2006 show that boys that where of the age of 17 was 51% and for girls 48%.
Ten years from then it show that males aged 27 had a pass rate of 43% and females 36%. Then males the aged 47 had a pass rate of 35% and females a pass rate of 25%.
However this is just on figures and older people are still passing their test.
- My father said to me that he had passed first time with only 8 hours of training?
This may have been the case many years ago. The test at present has developed to match the current conditions that we had today. The number of cars that are on the road now has highly increased. There are more complicated traffic systems and conditions. There is also a lot more signs that we have to pay attentions to.
At present you have to under take a theory test, manoeuvres and show & tell questions on the day of the test. In the past you would just be asked a few questions on the Highway Code. Older drivers today would acknowledge that they may not pass their test if had to take today.
The Driving Standers Agency suggests that a new leaner needs a minimum of 40 hours from a professional instructor. When you pass your test, you can take your father out and impress him with the high standard of driving that you have achieved.