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Thread: Failed my driving test for being too cautious.

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2014

    Default Failed my driving test for being too cautious.

    I had my driving test today, and it all went bottom end up right from the beginning.
    I said hi to the test guy. he ignored me and told me to follow him.
    I said i prefer driving in my socks. he said its not allowed, but to do what i want.
    i tried to make small conversation to try calm the nerves. he ignored me.
    after 30 minutes of driving i found myself back at the test centre being told that i failed because i was too slow and being to cautious.
    The too slow bit might have been true sometimes, but he took me right through a built up area, with lots of bumps, lots of pedestrians, of course im going to go slow.
    he also said that i had a line of traffic behind me, when i know for a matter of fact that i kept checking for traffic, and only once did i have a car behind me, and it was in the built up area.
    I feel like because i was the last person of the day, he just wanted to get back quickly.
    The guy has a reputation for not being very nice.
    has anyone else experience anything like this?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2011


    Sorry to hear that you failed.

    Was this test in Great Britain? If so, are you sure you've remembered it correctly? It is unlike any of the several hundred I've witnessed.

    Normally, they ask to see your licence, and for you to read and sign the insurance and residency declaration. They ask whether you still live at the address on the licence, and whether you'd like your instructor to accompany you. At some stage during those exchanges, I've never known the examiner NOT to introduce himself, and to ask what name you prefer to use.

    After all that - which goes a bit beyond saying "Hi" - they would normally ask to follow you, not vice versa, since only you know where the car is!

    Finally, there is nothing to stop you driving in your socks: people do it every day.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2007


    Welcome to the site KN, sorry to read about the result of your driving test. I remember when I did my test, it was a town I had never been in before, (long story) anyway, the examiner told me to take the first left, after we had left the test centre, which I did, but it was a garage forecourt?So, thinking that I had failed at the point! I just relaxed and carried on, then I got a shock when we got back to the test centre to be told that. I had passed!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2014


    I'm 17 and passed in February, with the same examiner I had on my first test a month before. He failed me for not going at green which I had to accept. He said otherwise my driving was safe. Second time around I had him on a really easy route going round residential areas. I only passed 3 traffic lights on my test and had the same manoeuvre (corner reverse perfectly done both times). Luckily I was driving a new Mini Cooper D Sport where the engine stops when car is on neutral. I was told to do an emergency stop, something I had not learnt with my instructor practically and hoped it won't come up. When it did, I was driving under 15mph on a 20mph road and when told to stop, I just slammed the breaks with no clutch. The engine cut out and to not make it obvious, I quickly put the car in neutral and pressed the clutch to start the engine up again. I thought that was it if he knew what happend or at least I'll get a minor fault, but I come out with 2 minors for driving a bit too slow. My examiner even helped me at the end when he told me to pull up in a tight spot on the right hand side of the road (somewhere you won't be told to stop). At the end he asked me why I was failed my first time, and I told him why and he said to me that it should've been a pass and doesn't know why an examiner would fail someone for that reason. Then I told him that 'you were my examiner' and he went red. He's the senior examiner of the test centre as well.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2011


    Kyla, How old are you? Was it in a driving school vehicle?

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