Not Moving Off Safely
This guide – Not moving off safely is part of my Top Reasons For Failing The Driving Test – UK series. Explaining the top 10 reasons people fail the car driving test in Great Britain.
You need to be a good driver to pass the driving test. This guide gives examples of the types of mistakes people make during their test.
45.9%pass rate between April 2019 and March 2020
The driving test pass rate was 45.9% between April 2019 and March 2020. Many people who failed their test made at least one of the mistakes explained in this guide.
Incorrect Positioning When Turning Right At Junctions
You must be able to move off safely while making the correct observations:
- from the side of the road
- on a slope or hill (gradient)
- from behind a parked vehicle, so you have to move off at an angle
Any mistakes you make in this area will be counted under the ‘Moving off – Safety’ fault on your driving test result.
Moving off from behind a parked vehicle into the path of an approaching vehicle
When you move off from behind a parked vehicle, you check your mirrors and blind spot, but still move off into the path of an approaching vehicle. This causes the vehicle to significantly slow down.
Repeatedly moving off from the side of the road with no blind spot checks
Throughout the test, you repeatedly move off from the side of the road with no blind spot checks in situations where they’re needed.
Pulling off from the right-hand side of the road, causing an oncoming vehicle to slow or stop
After the ‘pull up on the right’ exercise, you move off with either an oncoming vehicle or a closely approaching vehicle from behind. This causes the vehicle to severely slow down or stop.
Not making any rear observations when moving off following an emergency stop
After you do the emergency stop exercise, you move off without making any rear observations, having been stationary in the middle of the lane for some time.
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Driving Safety Facts
More than 1 in 10 reported accidents in Great Britain in 2019 were caused by the driver making a poor turn or manoeuvre.