Why Drivers Fail the Road Test

Road tests are in place to check a driver`s driving skills in the vehicle and in traffic. You will be tested on your ability to follow the rules of the road and safe driving practices.


Top reasons people fail their driving test in Canada are: 

Breaking the Law – If you violate any driving law, you can be disqualified.  The two most common offences are speeding and failure to stop at a stop sign.  When it comes to speeding, a driving examiner is fully within their right to disqualify you if you are over the speed limit so keep an eye on the speedometer.  Failure to stop at a stop sign is also a common mistake.  Learn to come to a full and complete stop at a stop sign.  Make sure to check that it is safe to proceed before doing so.

Lack of Confidence – Excessive hesitation while driving on the road and constantly second guessing yourself is an issue.  If this is a repeating pattern during the examination, it can springboard into other mistakes such as failure to recognize right of way yourself.  If you start asking the driver examiner how to do things, like “Do I have to signal?”, this is a dead giveaway.  One thing is nerves, but your performance needs to showcase advanced knowledge and driving skills.  Passing a road test is important to many drivers but don`t forget so is driving safely and defensively.

Too many errors – If you make wide turns, use jerky steering or heavy braking, fail to take your right of way or even drive too slow.

Dangerous action – You could fail a road test if you force another road user to take a defensive action to avoid a collision.  What does this mean? If you pull out when you don`t have enough room or time, or cut off a driver when you try to do a lane change or even make a left turn and force a car into oncoming traffic to take an evasive action, these would be considered dangerous actions.  Avoid them.

Crash – Instant fail.  Keep in mind that you can be failed for a collision you didn`t have but the examiner stopped from happening.  If the examiner had to physically, verbally or even reach over to grab the steering wheel to avoid a collision, this could lead to a driving test fail.

Your performance during your driving test will tell you whether you need more training or practice.  To help you prepare for your driving test and to learn about the Collisionfree! Approach to Driving contact our well-known driving school, Young Drivers of Canada.


Filed under driving lessons, Driving Mistakes to avoid, driving school, Road Test

2 responses to “Why Drivers Fail the Road Test

  1. Morgan

    Driving test is simply different from the other exams. It is one of the most practical exams ever. So it’s quite tough enough to pass. You should consciously be attentive while learning your driving course. Try your best to keep aware, calm and quiet yourself during the driving test.

  2. You make some good points Morgan. Thanks for sharing.

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