Failing the driving test in Blackpool

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Failing your driving test in Blackpool is arguably one of the worst feelings ever, you’re probably feeling emotions of despair, anger and frustration.  Failure is not an easy thing to deal with, but it’s important to remember it’s a learning curve and you’re not the only one who has failed their driving test.

Our Blackpool driving instructors have put together this article to give you some help and advice on what to do after you fail your test.  

Why did I fail my driving test?

Firstly, we need to identify where you have gone wrong on the test. At the end of the driving test the driving examiner would have explained the reasons why you failed, it’s important you listen carefully to the examiners feedback. You will also be given a copy of the driving test report (DL25) this will show the faults that occurred during the test. It’s important that you let your driving instructor read the DL25 so they can help you come up with a plan of action to help rectify these faults. 

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What are the difference in a serious, dangerous and minor fault

Any fault could be a driving fault. The situation in which the fault occurs in, would dictate whether the fault is classed as a minor or major fault. Major faults are either Serious or Dangerous. A minor fault 

We will explain this faults in more detail for you:

  • A driving fault includes faults which are not potentially dangerous. These are known as minor faults in your test. If you repeatedly make the same fault – usually more than 4 times (at the examiners discretion) then it can become a serious fault. An example of a minor fault could be if the learner hesitates to join a roundabout when it’s clearly safe to do so. This would be marked on the DL25 under “undue hesitation”


  •   A serious fault includes anything which could be potentially dangerous to you, the examiner, the public or property. A serious fault is also known as a major fault. An example of this could be the learner is at a roundabout and it’s clearly safe to join the roundabout but hesitates to go, as a result of failing to go there is now a large build up of traffic behind the learner and the learner is still being hesitant to join the roundabout.  This example would be assessed as a serious fault.


  • A dangerous fault includes anything which causes danger to you, the examiner, the public or property.  So, for example, the learner fails to join the roundabout (as above). There is a big queue of traffic behind, the leaner then decides to go when it’s safe but then changes their mind and brakes harshly. The car behind has had to apply hard braking to avoid hitting the back of you. This has caused another road user to take avoiding action and this would be assessed as a dangerous fault.

How many driving faults can you get on the driving test?

On the driving test a learner can have 15 driving faults (minor faults) and still pass. 15 faults or more and the learner will fail. Any serious or dangerous faults (major faults) would be classed as a fail. Some learners are under the misconception that they can’t get faults for the Show Me Tell Me questions, this is false! These questions are part of the practical driving test and faults can still be given if you fail to get these questions correct.  Have a go at the Show Me Tell Me Quiz and see how you score. 

Common fails on the driving test

There are many reasons people fail their driving tests, nerves (anxiety) being the biggest one. We’ve seen some of our students do some really out of character things on the driving test. We’ve put together a list of the most common fails that our Blackpool driving instructors have witnessed over the years. 

Driving too slow: Trying to do everything correctly and being over cautious, which as a result causes you to drive too slow for the conditions.

Hesitation :  not taking advantage of safe and suitable gaps to join roads or roundabouts. 

Clearance – getting too close to parked cars or other obstructions on the road.

Awareness and planning – Approaching hazards too fast as you have not forward planned, as a result you spot the hazard too late.

Moving off safely: Moving away from the side of the road when not safe. i.e slowing another road user down.

Maneuvers – observation. Usually failing to use full all round observation. 

Response to traffic signs – usually missing road signs which leads to confusion and mistakes then happen.

Giving up hope when a driving mistake/fault  is committed – when a learner makes a mistake they can dwell on the mistake that happened and this affects their concentration, more mistakes are then made. We call this the domino effect. 


What action should I take next?

After you’ve failed you may feel like a break from driving, this is normal but we advise you don’t leave it too long. Getting back in the driver’s seat ASAP is the best thing you can do. Leaving it any longer can cause stress and anxiety making it harder to get back into the swing of things. After you’ve failed your driving instructor will take a copy of the DL25 and create a lesson plan. This will consist of aim and objectives to help improve on the faults that occurred during your previous driving test. We recommend you listen to the advice given by your driving instructor, they are there to help and have a wealth of knowledge and skills to help you achieve your goal.

Book driving lessons in Blackpool

If you’ve recently failed your driving test in Blackpool then we can help. We advise your book a driving lesson with one of our instructors. We will then assess your driving skills and help you improve your driving skills with the aim of getting you successfully through your driving test. contact us here to find out about our prices and availability. 

Paul Hornby

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