Junctions, mirrors and speed - Wakefield learner drivers rack up hundreds of dangerous and serious faults during driving tests

Learner drivers across Yorkshire racked up a total of 51,964 dangerous and serious faults when taking their driving test during 2019/2020, new FOI data reveals.

Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 2:45 pm
Learner drivers across Yorkshire racked up a total of 51,964 dangerous and serious faults when taking their driving test during 2019/2020, new FOI data reveals.

Car sales company, Lookers, requested a new Freedom of Information Request to find out the top reasons for failing tests per city. This research was part of a larger study looking at the best and worst drivers, which can be found here.

The top reason for failing in Yorkshire was revealed as ‘not observing properly at a junction’, which totalled up over 6,000 Dangerous and Serious faults, with Wakefield having 357 faults for this manoeuvre.

Other major fails in Wakefield included:

Junctions - observation: 357

Mirrors - change direction: 193

Use of speed: 167

Move off - control: 159

Response to signs - traffic lights: 150

A spokesperson from Lookers said: "Passing your driving test is a rite of passage for many of us.

"I think we can all relate to having manoeuvres we hoped wouldn’t come up in our test, the research is a good insight into what learner drivers struggle most with under pressure.

"Hopefully, those looking to take their test this year will be able to brush up on those manoeuvres causing the most issues!"