The driving test has always been surrounded by myths and rumours. Whilst many myths do have some truth to them, a lot of them are outright ridiculous. Here’s a list of common myths people have come up with about the driving theory test.
If you stall during the test, it’s an automatic fail
This is only true in certain circumstances; if you stall it does not automatically mean you fail. You will only fail if it causes an obstruction to other road users, or if you stall an excessive amount of times during the test. If you stall once and manage to safely recover from it, you most likely won’t fail the test.
Examiners must reach a pass/fail quota
A common rumour that gets passed around is that the driving examiner must fail a certain number of people per week. It’s said that this quota is so that a pass rate of about 50% is maintained. If the examiner has a pass rate of 90% or more, perhaps the DVSA would investigate him as being too lenient. However, this is actually false. Examiners will only fail you if you make a certain number of faults. So, some examiners may very well get some weeks with a pass rate of 100% (although this is likely very rare).
You should move your head when checking mirrors
This is not a requirement to the pass the driving test and would probably leave you with some neck pain by the end of the test! As long as the examiner knows you are checking your mirrors regularly, and is confident that you are aware of what is going on around you, this is sufficient.
You can fail on the ‘show me tell me’ section
This is another myth which is commonly believed among learners. Whilst you will have reductions in points if you get these questions wrong, you won’t outright fail your test purely due to the Show Me Tell Me questions.
Learner drivers don’t need insurance
Some people believe that as long as their parents are insured, they do not need their own driving insurance as a learner driver. This is a dangerous mistake to make as it can result in a fine and even a conviction. Learner drivers must have their own insurance just like any other driver. In fact, there are insurance companies that have a whole department dedicated to insurance for learners.
There are dozens, perhaps hundreds, of other rumours that get floated around about the driving test, but this article summarises some of the most common ones nicely. Make sure you educate yourself and don’t fall for any of the myths. Do you own research from reliable sources, and don’t just go off from what other people have told you.