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Tips to success in driving test

imagesTo mark the 80th anniversary of the test, RED Driving School surveyed a host of motorists who’d recently failed – around half of UK drivers do so each year – to discover what had caught them out.

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 which 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. 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.”

6. Wrong direction

“I tried to turn the wrong way up a one-way street, and then blamed the instructor for putting me off!”

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 while doing a three-point turn. I then drove perfectly for the rest of the test!”

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 gearchanging in the car.”

Auto Express and Warrantywise

The Auto Express Used Car Awards 2015, in association with Warrantywise, will be published in the 7 October issue of Auto Express and on autoexpress.co.uk from the same date. The Awards will name the best second-hand cars in 16 key classes of the market, as well as crowning Used Car of the Year.

Warrantywise is the UK’s leading car warranty company, providing warranty services to many of the country’s largest dealer groups. It is a family business and the senior partners have a wealth of experience, having operated in the used car warranty market for more than 20 years.

• Britain’s best used cars 2014

An expert panel made up of Steve Fowler (Auto Express editor-in-chief), Graham Hope (deputy editor), James Disdale (road test editor), Joe Finnerty (consumer editor) and Lawrence Whittaker (Warrantywise CEO) assessed cars’ on-road ability, practicality, residual values, warranty history and ownership experience – based on their performance in Auto Express’s market-leading Driver Power survey – to find 2015’s years winning cars.

Whittaker said: “Judging the best used cars is easier for me than most as, through Warrantywise, I have reliability data dating back 15 years on pretty well every car sold in the UK. We have also taken into consideration driveability and depreciation as well.”

No less than 16 classes were considered: city cars, superminis, premium small cars, compact family cars, estates, family cars, crossovers, compact SUVs, large SUVs, compact executive cars, executive cars, coupes, MPVs, cabriolets, sports cars and luxury cars.