Learn the pitfalls of a driver's test here! Avoid these mistakes to pass first time.
Updated April 2022
- Some drivers on their road test just go around the block and then ended up back at the DMV.
Unfortunately to hear those words of terror:
They committed a dangerous action and it was an automatic fail in their driver's test.
Today, we're going to give you the top 10 automatic fails on a driver's test so you don't do this and you can be successful in passing your driver's test first time.
Stick around we'll be right back with that information.
If you don't stop immediately for an emergency vehicle you will fail your driver's test.
This white van had it been on a driver's test would have automatically failed because it didn't stop before the intersection.
If you're sitting in an intersection, it might be best just to stay put where you are otherwise move to the closest shoulder and stop.
The next reason is yellow lights.
Red and yellow lights mean exactly the same thing on a driver's test and you must come to a stop if you can.
If you're proceeding through the intersection and the examiner looks up and sees the light turn red as you're moving through the intersection as right here, in this example you will fail your driver's test because you ran a red light.
Entering an intersection, you can't clear if there's congestion.
Do not enter the intersection if you can't move completely out of the intersection on the other side.
Stop behind the stop line, wait for the traffic to move up and then proceed through the intersection.
If you get stuck in the intersection and the light turns red that's an automatic fail on a driver's test.
If there's a side street and the traffic is backed up you have to stop before the side street to allow traffic to proceed.
If you pull forward and block that cross street you are blocking an intersection and it's an automatic fail on a driver's test.
Speeding in a school zone when school is in session is an automatic fail on a driver's test.
Practice in and around the test center and locate the school zones and know where they are and double, triple check that you are not speeding.
It's okay to go a couple of miles an hour less than the posted speed limit in the school speeds zone.
As well watch out for playground speeds zones.
If you speed in these, that too is an automatic fail.
Action contrary to a regulatory signs, stop signs, speed signs, moving over to the right lane.
These are all examples of regulatory signs.
If you roll through a stop sign, that is an action contrary to a regulatory sign, and you will fail your driver's test.
Speeding, keeping up with traffic flow or staying in the left lane for more than a few blocks before moving over to the right lane.
All of these will cause you to fail your driver's test outright.
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Charging pedestrians and not giving the right of way to pedestrians who are crossing the street.
This red car here is charging the pedestrians.
That's an automatic fail.
As well if you crowd or charge pedestrians on a left-hand turn that too is an automatic fail on a driver's test and you will not be successful.
It would be a very short drive back to the DMV.
This vehicle here is charging the pedestrian on the left-hand turn, automatic fail.
If a pedestrian is crossing against the light, and the light turns green and the pedestrian is still in the intersection, simply take your foot off the throttle, pause, wait for the pedestrian to attain the curb and then proceed.
You can see the pedestrians are still in the intersection when the light turns green simply pause, wait for them to clear the intersection, if you do what this car did, it's an automatic fail.
Striking the curb when parking or knocking the examiner out of his or her seat is also an automatic fail on a driver's test.
If you touch the curb and readjust that's okay, but if you strike the curb or push the back wheel up over the curb, that will be an automatic fail on your driver's test.
Striking a fixed object when you're parking, turning or backing for the purposes of your driver's test is an automatic fail.
So when you're reverse stall parking, make sure that you stay out a little bit so that you don't hit the concrete barrier often found behind the parking spaces or the fence or whatnot, if you do that, automatic fail.
The Ohio Maneuverability Test or parallel parking with cones, if you strike a cone that is the same thing as striking a fixed object.
And if you do that for the purposes of your driver's test, automatic fail.
And in the State of Ohio, this really really sucks because then you have to take the online course before you can attempt the on-road test again.
So go slow, make sure that you know where the cones are when you're parallel parking or doing the Ohio Maneuverability Test.
Turning right on a red light.
Yes, you can turn right on a red light for the purposes of your driver's test but you must first come to a complete stop at the correct stopping position before you proceed.
And if you come up to the intersection and the light turns yellow and you proceed with your right turn, you will fail your driver's test because as I said previously, yellow and red are the same color for the purposes of your driver's test.
You can see here that the first car proceeds on the red light after stopping at the correct stopping position but these subsequent vehicles simply come up and proceed.
One of them doesn't even come to a complete stop before proceeding around the corner here, the white vehicle here.
If you do what this white vehicle just did on a driver's test, you will not be successful.
They did not come to a complete stop before the stop line and check for pedestrians and cross traffic.
Dangerous action: if another vehicle has to take an evasive action or you have incorrect lane positioning, that is an automatic fail on a driver's test.
Lane positioning here, you can see the vehicle in the intersection not really sure what they're doing and they're kind of all over the place.
That would be an automatic fail on a driver's test and sometimes it can be discretionary according to the examiner.
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As well, turning right and then drifting over into the left-hand lane.
You cut off another driver, be guaranteed it's going to be a short trip back to the DMV.
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