Why can't I pass my driving test?(76 Posts)
Failed my third driving test today. Am putting a brave face on it, but I feel a bit fed up, particularly when dh seems to think it is a big joke (he passed his third test). I am starting to lose faith and think that I may never do it. It is also costing a fortune!
First test went really well with only a few minors, up until the point near the end of the test when I pulled in, went to straighten up and hit the kerb
Second test, got quite a lot of faults really. 12 minor (all for different things) and 2 serious - 1 for making a car slow down when I changed lanes and for not seeing a car which had to wait when I was doing a three point turn.
Third test, had hynotherapy to help with my nerves on the day. Don't know if helped really, I was still horribly nervous. Got 8 faults in total, two serious - again for changing lanes and one for being in the wrong lane. I had changed to a different test centre to get an earlier test date and I really didn't know the routes very well. No excuse, I know - I should have been better guided by the road markings.
Just feel so rubbish - got test number 4 booked at the test centre I'm most familiar with, but I'm really starting to wonder if I'll ever do it. My instructor thinks I'm a good driver and I don't seem to make those mistakes on my lessons, but the thought of the test makes me feel sick. Ironically, I think it's actually getting harder the more attempts I take, as there is more internal pressure to pass - as I don't want to have yet another failure!
Please give me hope that it will happen one day I didn't tell anyone apart from dh about this test, which is good in one way, but I neeed sympathy
And yes I tried rescue remedy too. It helped also. All I need is not loosing hope and confidence. Which I'm trying. I'm very shy and quite person. and as I said I only want to support my family Thts y I'm learning driving plus i improved my confidence tht day i started learning driving. Good luck to all learners !
Thank you everyone. Feeling better after your replies. Honestly lost my confidence yesterday but now trying to gather my self. I'm not alone. Many people struggling. God bless you all. Ur relies have me strength
Seventh test passed!
Don't tell a soul then if you fail no one will know. I used to put so much pressure on myself
I passed on my 7th, so plenty of empathy here. I also used to be nervous although as months passed my confidence grew too high - -a couple of times I used my parents' car when they were on holiday-.
Book the next test asap, so they become routine.
Keep your self-belief - you're as good as most drivers out there, every day you see lots of silly mistakes made.
Have you tried Rescue Remedy, that's great for calming you.
I wouldn't recommend this but I went to lunchtime leaving drinks before my last test and had half a cider (the tester obviously had no sense of smell) and surprise surprise my nerves vanished. Not advocating this, I'm just saying whatever you can do to minimise nerves, legally, do it.
Also as a pp said, don't tell people the date of next test.
Positive thinking, you can do it, good luck!
Failed my third attempt. Completely shattered disappointed. Basically I'm a nervous person but struggling to learn driving for my kids and for my own self. Lessons ok. But test make me nervous. But this time I wasn't even nervous and made silly mistakes. On roundabout took evict on no through road. And overspeeding. Theory running out in June. Have lost faith in my abilities. Giving up means loosing the money and time I spent. But seems I can't get passed. Shall I keep practicing and taking tests. People ask oh u have been learning long and not passed yet. Comments like these make me feel low
Yes! I have name changed since but I've been driving three and a half years
I did get there thanks, I'm the op and I've been driving three years!
I passed 7th or 8th time. Took me years. 3 times is nothing these days. Tests are harder than ever, and we have the second hardest driving test in the world. Second only to finland.
I failed 7 times. Just keep on going, you'll get there in the end.
If it's any consolation, I stopped caring after about fail number 3 and didn't even feel upset.
This was my thread from years ago! I passed on the 5th attempt and have been driving three years now. Don't give up!
Just failed my third test today. The first test I took I failed for my steering which my instructor says was nerves. Second I was much more nervous and my kids knew about it so I thought I would be letting them down, I went over the speed limit. Today I moved off on a hill and rolled back slightly, used accelerator instead of brake to correct my mistake. My aim for this year was to pass. I feel like I have let everyone down now.
Hey did u eventually pass i failed today 3rd attempt was so mad
Can I ask did u finally pass ur test I failed second time today and im totally gutted.i drive great on lessons and with my hubby but test day comes and fall to pieces ive been taking kalms leading up to both but on the test day I dall to bits x
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You need to do more practice on it and as you said you are a teacher then you will also know that failing make everyone perfect and more accurate. So don't count your failure just find your deficiency for it, success is near
My instructor is good but just like most people on the forum, it is silly mistakes that made me fail. i had failed twice, and i seem to have enough as well, i have my 3rd one booked, nerves.... let you know how iget on
I can undrestand you I faild my 6th test , maybe I chang my test center or maybe find a new instructor ,I realy dont know what go to do but I cant give up cos I spend so much money and time for that
I passed on my 3rd go (in 1988 when tests were much easier than they are now!). Tests 1 and 2 were horrendous.
Test 3 I nearly never went to after a friend had died in a car accident the previous week and I was still too shaken by it.
A friend convinced me that since I'd paid for it I might as well go just as a practice for my next test, so I went and just went through the motions assuming I'd fail, couldn't believe it when they said I'd passed. I firmly believe I only passed 3rd time because I didn't care so wasn't nervous.
If your driving instruction thinks you are ready its likely to be your nerves holding you back. Good luck next time!
I passed 6th time. I could drive fine but always got a major in the test. Just stick with it and you'll get there.
The most important tips that will help you pass the test the first time is simple: practice and remain calm. Of course you know that you need to practice. Practicing with a trained experienced instructor is best but you should also practice the maneuvers that you have trouble with on your own. I hire instructor at education4drivers.com special for training ia parallel parking
Failed my test third time yesterday . Actually started crying in front of emaniner ! One minor and one serious fault . Always the same issue stopping too closely behind large vehicles . I hope that's drummed Into my head now after nearly 600 pounds just on driving tests ! Next one booked already . This time am not ganna tell my daughter or my husband . Hope that helps !
Iam/was a nurse. Passed at the fifth attempt. I was so nervous. been driving for many years now.
Advice. Drive at every opportunity not just lessons. I think that helps with your decision making and that means you have a bit more confidence. I did not drive on my own before I had a licence I most certainly did not :0
I know exactly how you feel I failed my fifth test today and haven't stopped crying in hours, as soon as I calm down I get all worked up again I'm nineteen and have only got seven months left before my theory certificate runs out so the stress is on right now! All my friends have passed already so I feel like a loser completely understand what you mean about the examiner making everything feel scary, I've taken five tests and every one has been a nasty person towards me, I feel like I'm never going to pass but I really hope you pass soon!! God bless you
I failed by 5th test yesterday, 1 minor for a mirror check and one major for speeding. I was on the A120 going 70mph when I came to 50mph sign. I came off the accelerator and began to break aware of the car behind me. When I got back to the test centre I thought that I might of finally passed but the examiner said I failed because I did over 50mph passing the sign. My dad and brother both said they would of done the same thing, but I really have started to give up hope now. I have had hypnosis for my nerves which were the reason for 3 of my other failures, as my legs and arms shock and I could not get the car into gear. Hypnosis has sorted this problem out. I feel like I'm paying £62 plus the extra to the driving instructor just to be told I am a failure I have my own car and drive everyone everywhere so I can practice. At the moment I feel like I am never going to achieve my goal and luck is never on my side. I have had some really horrible examiners which have not helped with my nerves. The examiner yesterday got angry because I was using the toilet when he called my name and also after an emergency stop, something from the back seat came under the pedals so I politely asked to pull over to sort it out and he tutted at me. I am getting really depressed over my driving because I commute to university and I would also like to change my job but I need to drive to get there! All my friends have passed first or second time, it is just me now that is having trouble!
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