10 strange reasons for failing your driving test 0

10-strange-reasons-for-failing-your-driving-test1A Vauxhall makes an ideal car for those first taking to the roads. Its easy drivability eases learner drivers at a gentle pace towards their tests. The driving test itself is a rite of passage for most people, and it celebrated its 80th anniversary last year. Here’s a few of the more absurd reasons why people have failed it over the years, in their own words:

  1.  Driving on the wrong side of the road. I drove out of the test centre on the wrong side of the road although, to be fair, it was a very narrow road. I told the examiner that I had literally just got back from France, where I had become so immersed in the culture that I’d forgotten what side of the road to drive on.”
  2. Queuing behind parked cars. “I thought a line of parked cars was a line of traffic, waiting for the traffic lights to change. After seven excruciating minutes of waiting, the instructor asked me to drive around the parked cars.”
  3. Distracted by a sexy motorcyclist. “A ‘good looking’ man on a motorbike caught my attention while I was driving, and without realising, I started to drive directly towards him. The instructor had to enforce an emergency stop as I nearly hit the man on the motorbike. I then blamed it on my bad eyesight!” 
  4. Confused between left and right. “I turned left when told to turn right, twice, and lied to the examiner that I have dyscalculia which affects my ability to turn left or right.” 
  5. Wrong direction. “I tried to turn the wrong way up a one-way street, and then blamed the instructor for putting me off!” 
  6. Crossing confusion. “When crawling towards a zebra crossing, I went a little too far forward and bumped the bumper on a pedestrian before the examiner could stop me. I then argued it wasn’t my fault as he was fine, and that his outfit had made him blend into the stripes.”
  7. Energy overdose. “I took my test when I was 18, the day before my final A-level exam. At this point I was studying like mad for my final exam and drinking at least three cans of energy drink a day. I turned up for my driving test twitching like a madman and hadn’t revised anything. I received two majors and I lost count of the minors.”
  8. Twitching toes. “I was just so nervous on my first test! I couldn’t keep my foot still on the clutch and failed in the first five minutes.”
  9. Movies taught me bad habits “I failed my test the first time because I thought the way to overtake was to zip in and out of traffic like in a car chase. The only background knowledge I had was based on James Bond, so I blame the movies! Looking back, I can definitely see why it was so important for me to take more lessons.”
  10. The engine didn’t sound right. “I failed my manual test so did an automatic test instead and passed. I told everyone this was because I grew up with parents who only drove automatic cars and so wasn’t used to the ‘sound’ and ‘feel’ of gear changing in the car.”

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