Apr 122018
 

Warranty Direct examines DVSA data revealing findings linked to UK driving test changes

April, 2018 – A leading car warranty provider, Warranty Direct, has analysed over 10 years’ worth of test data from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), to reveal the most common reasons people fail their driving tests, with some interesting results:

# The top 5 reasons for test candidates failing driving tests 2006-2017
1 Observation at junctions
2 Use of mirrors (when changing direction)
3 Reverse park/left reverse
4 Control (steering)
5 Junctions (turning right)

It’s interesting to see reverse manoeuvres were two of the most common reasons people failed their tests, as the ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn-in-the road’ are no longer being examined in the practical driving test.

While the DVSA states you should still be taught these in lessons, some instructors have warned replacing them with more real-life scenarios, such as driving into and reversing out of a parking bay, will make it easier for learners to pass and won’t teach them ‘real-life dangers’.

This reasoning may not be as far-fetched as it sounds. 2017 had the highest pass rate out of 11 years’ worth of DVSA data. The UK pass rate is currently at 47 percent and has risen by 4 percent since 2006, when the national pass rate was only 43 percent.

The number of tests passed with 0 faults has also gone up massively in the last year. Back in 2006, this figure was only at 3,329. However, the DVSA results from 2016/2017 show this has gone up over 400 percent, with 17,950 people passing tests with 0 faults.

However, professionals in the industry have defended the new test changes saying it now reflects real life driving and people who pass it will have more confidence when driving solo.

While the DVSA has listed five driving tasks learners clearly struggle with, there were also a number which they completed with more success.

The majority of candidates seemed to fair well when being tested on how they responded to signals and road markings and had general, good road positioning, when assessed under test conditions.

Simon Ackers, Warranty Direct’s Chief Executive Officer commented on the results:

“Looking over the last ten years’ worth of DVSA driving test data has been particularly insightful and it’s surprising to see some of the biggest reasons for failing are for less complex driving tasks. It will be interesting to discover the 2018/2019 pass rate and what impact the new changes have on future test results.”


Warranty Direct is a trading style of BNP Paribas Cardif Limited. BNP Paribas Cardif Limited is a company, registered in England and Wales No. 3233010 at Pinnacle House, A1 Barnet Way, Borehamwood, Herts, WD6 2XX and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, Register No.309075.