BookTheoryTestToday.com | DSA Reveals Top Ten Factors for Practical Driving Test Failures 2012/13
New data released by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) reveals that the pass rate for the practical driving test is less than 50%. The official pass rate percentage is 47.1%, which is slightly up on 2011/12 when the percentage pass rate was 46.9%.
The figures also reveal that the number of tests passed without faults in 2012-13 is 10380, which also represents an increase when compared with 2011-12 figures.
A booktheorytesttoday.com spokesperson said: “Whilst the pass rate for the practical driving test has increased year-on-year since 2006-2007, less than half of those taking practical driving tests result in a pass. What we have found is that the reasons for failure are often the same.”
Since 2006, and up until 2013, the number one reason for the failure of the UK practical driving test is attributed to junctions (observation) and whilst failure factors tend to switch rankings, the top ten core failure reasons tend to remain the same.
The official ‘failure factor’ list for 2012-2013, published by the DSA, reads as follows:
1. Junctions (observation)
2. Use of mirrors – mc rear observation (change direction)
3. Junctions (turning right)
4. Control (steering)
5. Response to signals (traffic lights)
6. Move off (safety)
7. Positioning (normal driving)
8. Move off (control)
9. Reverse park (control)
10. Response to signals (road markings)
An official statement from booktheorytesttoday.com said: “Having such data made available is helpful as it allows learner drivers, on the cusp of taking the driving theory test and the practical test, to identify the areas that examiners are extremely stringent with. It offers them the opportunity to refine their driving skills and knowledge and will hopefully help them to avoid making the same mistakes that result in an unsuccessful attempt at the driving test.
Although pass rates have risen since 2006, they have failed to reach the 50% threshold, tending to remain in the forties. However, 2012-2013 does represent the highest pass rate seen and the highest number of tests passed without faults.
Booktheorytesttoday.com comments: “The value of knowledge should not be underestimated and this comes from revision and preparation for the UK driving theory test. That theory can then be put into practice and allows a learner driver to improve their driving skills whilst taking lessons. This will ensure that they are fully prepared for the practical element of driving.”
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