Driving Lessons Guisborough – Part 9
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Driving Lessons Guisborough – Part 9 is our penultimate guide on the ten most common reasons people fail a driving test. The DVSA recently released the list and gave some feedback as to what each fault means. Let’s break things down and try to make sense of things. Here at Pass Me Faster we found focussing on these main causes of faults has helped increase pass rates around Middlesbrough test centers.
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Let’s have a look at the second biggest cause of test fails and see if we can help stop you from making the same mistakes.
2. Mirrors Changing Direction
Mirrors change direction isn’t for slowing down but is marked for moving out to the sides without checking. The examiners have said that it is the most common mirror fault marked. They also suspect when a test candidate misses a mirror check it’s quite often a result of multi-tasking. A couple of route causes for it happening are –
- There was a lot going on around the car, and the student just forgot to check the mirror at the last minute before changing direction.
- Leaving the MSPSL routine late and rushing it in at the end, and not properly checking the mirrors. They quickly look at the mirror but don’t really see what’s happening in it.
Cutting Lanes At The Last Minute
The main cause of mirrors changing direction fails at Middlesbrough Test Centers has to be changing lanes. The test candidate realizes they are in the wrong lane for the direction they have been asked to follow. So they cut across the lane at the last minute without checking mirrors.
Remember you CAN’T fail your test for going the wrong way!! If you’re in the wrong lane and don’t have time to check around you, just go the wrong way safely!
Going the wrong way safely is practiced lots of times on lessons. Just do the same on your test.
On a driving lesson, we as driving instructors will try to get you using your mirror checks from an early stage. At first, we may help you with when, where, why to check, slowly as you gain understanding you start to take responsibility for them yourself.
Things To Help With Mirrors
It has been shown on test a pupil with a deep understanding of mirrors can get themselves out of some pretty sticky situations.
Try to be proactive with your checks and take responsibility for them. As a passenger watch how other drivers use theirs. It can be easy to fall into the trap of just looking at the mirrors and not seeing what’s really there.
A lot of students over time can get into routines of just checking the mirrors without actually looking into them. Try asking yourself these questions –
- What can I see in the mirrors
- How far away is it
- Is it getting closer, staying the same, or getting further away
- How will my reaction effect it
As you can see there is a lot going on here so early mirror checks are vital to give yourself plenty of time to make safe decisions.
Driving Lessons Guisborough – Part 9
Missing the odd center mirror check before slowing down may be forgiven on the test if there was no danger around. A missed side mirror check before changing lanes, however, will most likely get you a fail.
Look as far ahead and try to plan things as early on as you can. This will give you time to make sensible decisions when it comes to your mirror checks.
Try not to change lanes at the last minute. If you don’t have time to check its safe just go the wrong way safely.
Try to look into your mirrors and make a safe decision on what you see happening in them. Get used to this on lessons and watch how your parents or friends use their mirrors when you’re a passenger in their car.
Remember your mirrors are your third eye and regular and sensible mirror checks are vital to safe driving.