Failing to make effective observations at junctions and failing to check mirrors properly when changing direction are the two main reasons Britons have failed their car driving tests for the past three years. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) reported that from January 2019 to December 2021, 363,908 serious or dangerous breakdowns were recorded in tests from unfortunate motorists, who failed to observe junctions correctly during their tests of driving through Britain.
During the same period, 285,465 serious or dangerous fouls were recorded against those who did not check their mirrors properly before changing direction. Figures were obtained through a freedom of information request submitted to the DVSA by an e-bike retailer Avaris Electric Bikes as part of the company’s research on road safety and awareness.
The number of faults scored for each reason in 2020 and 2021 is lower than those recorded in 2019 – but this may be due to a drop in the number of driving tests taken during and after the pandemic. In 2021, 93,250 defects were recorded for non-compliance with intersections, compared to 79,698 in 2020 and 190,960 in 2019.
In 2021, 73,734 failures were recorded for non-control of the mirrors during a change of direction, compared to 63,512 in 2020 and 148,219 in 2019. The figures represent the number of tests where failures were recorded, for each of the faults listed. Some driving test candidates have failed every maneuver in a single test.
Regarding junctions, the DVSA says applicants should make effective observations before entering a new route and ensure it is safe before continuing. They can be marked with a serious or dangerous fault if they do not judge the speed of an approaching vehicle and force it to slow down, enter a roundabout with an approaching vehicle from the right and cause it to slow down, go straight to a crossroads without realizing it’s a junction, looking too late, making no observations when joining a two-lane road from a slip road and making no effective observations at all.
Drivers are expected to use routine mirrors, signals and maneuvers effectively – checking mirrors carefully before signaling or changing direction or speed. Candidate errors fail for not using their mirrors when exiting a roundabout, slowing down a vehicle when changing lanes on a two-lane road, trying to change lanes on a roundabout when a vehicle is right next to them and coming out of a roundabout without checking the mirrors – cut across the vehicle on the left.
In the most recent fiscal year, ending March 2022, DVSA data shows that 1,112,424 car driving tests were completed with a pass rate of 49.6%. In the previous fiscal year, from April 2020 to March 2021, only 437,352 tests were taken with a pass rate of 49.8%. Drivers not looking properly was a factor in 37% of all crashes reported in Britain in 2019, according to the DVSA. It’s also why many cyclists are caught up in incidents on the roads .
Another FOI request submitted by Avaris eBikes to the Metropolitan Police Service in London last year revealed more than 12,000 road traffic incidents involving both drivers and cyclists that plagued Greater London between 2019 and 2021. Anne Iarchy, 49, has been cycling for 15 years. She regularly sees motorists leaving crossroads and stopping when it is too late. Anne, from Finchley in north London, said: “I see a lot of cars coming out of the streets and stopping when they’re already halfway down the next road. Sometimes it’s because other cars are poorly parked so they can’t see the traffic, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes it’s just a habit and too late.
“A lot of drivers don’t indicate, or indicate at the last moment, and as a cyclist there is no way to prepare by slowing down. I think if people checked their mirrors properly when turning or changing lanes, they would hopefully indicate this sooner.
Richard Heys, Founder of Avaris eBikes, said: “Failing to check the mirrors the right way or taking the time to stop and look properly at a junction may seem like a minor thing to some riders, but it can make a difference. between getting home safely or being involved in an accident with another driver, cyclist or pedestrian.
“People make these mistakes even after passing their driving tests, often when they are in a rush or because they think the chances of them hitting someone or something are low, but the truth is that accidents can happen to anyone at any time.” weather, caution and vigilance on the roads are therefore imperative.
“We appreciate the efforts made by the DVSA to ensure that drivers take the right steps before they are allowed on the roads on their own.”
The DVSA said the most common reasons Britons fail their driving tests are:
– Failing to make effective observations at intersections
– Not checking mirrors properly when changing direction
– Not having good steering control
– Bad positioning when turning right at crossroads
– Do not leave safely
– Not responding correctly to traffic lights
– Poor positioning on the road in normal driving
– Not responding correctly to traffic signs
– Not having control of the vehicle when starting
– Not keeping control of the vehicle while parking in reverse