TOP TEN REASONS TO FAILING A DRIVING TEST NUMBER TWO
NOT USING MIRRORS CORRECTLY WHEN CHANGING DIRECTION
What You Must Do
Make full and effective use of all mirrors
Check the mirrors carefully before signalling, changing direction or changing speed
Use the Mirror Signal Manoeuvre routine effectively
Where it is Marked on the Driving Test Report Form
Mirrors – change direction
Common Causes of this Failure
Not using your mirrors when exiting a roundabout
When taking a right exit on a roundabout the candidate moved from the right-hand lane to the left-hand lane to exit the roundabout, without making rear or passenger side observations.
Causing a vehicle to slow when changing lanes on a dual carriageway.
When candidate was on a dual carriageway, they checked their mirrors when changing lanes, but there is a vehicle approaching in the lane they wanted to move into. They start to change lanes anyway causing the vehicle to slow down.
Trying to change lane on a roundabout when a vehicle is directly beside the candidate’s car. The examiner has to take control of the steering wheel to take control.
Exiting a roundabout
When you exit a roundabout, the candidate did not check your mirrors and cut across the path of a closely following vehicle on the left-hand side of the car.
The answer to every cause in this failure is to stick to the Mirror Signal Manoeuvre routine. In other words, before you give a signal, steer, change lane or brake you must check your mirrors first. Remember if you are turning left check the left door mirror and then the interior mirror before the manoeuvre. If you are turning right check the interior mirror and then the right door mirror before the manoeuvre.