How many minors can you get on a driving test?
Last updated: 18/05/2022 | Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes
If your driving test is fast approaching, you’ll likely be concerned about making mistakes. But here’s a newsflash: mistakes happen, and you can still pass your test even with a few faults.
In fact, making minor driving faults is almost inevitable when you take your test. So, what are they? And where is the line drawn?
A minor fault is a driving error that can occur on your test. It’s one that in itself won’t cause you to fail your test, but something you certainly need to be aware of to ensure you’re the safest and most competent driver you can be. Some examples of minor faults include:
There are around 28 different assessment points on your driving test, and all have a check box for whether you receive a minor, serious or dangerous fault in them – more on these latter two faults later.
You can make up to 15 minor faults in your driving test and still pass; 16 or higher counts as a fail.
That being said, if you receive 3 or more minors in the same assessment category – for example, incorrectly signalling on several occasions – this could warrant a major fault, which is an instant fail.
According to data from the DVSA, only around 1% of the population who pass their test will do with zero minors. It is extremely rare to get no minors at all. So, by all means aim for top of the class, but we urge you to not be disheartened if you get minors – you’re in the vast majority if you do!
However, like with any test there are a few ways to put yourself in the best position to bag yourself a clean score:
A major fault is categorised as either serious or dangerous. A serious fault can predicate a dangerous fault – it’s something which has the potential to cause danger. A dangerous fault is driving in such a way that you put yourself, other people or property at risk.
If this occurs, unfortunately you’ll receive an instant fail, though will still be expected to continue with your test and await the assessor’s report.
Examples of serious and dangerous faults include:
Similarly, as we mentioned earlier, a major fault can also be made up of three minors in the same category – a signal of repeatedly making the same mistakes.
None. As a major is defined as a serious or dangerous fault, unfortunately receiving one of these will result as an instant fail.
While a fail is undeniably disappointing, don’t be too hard on yourself. According to the government website, data from the past ten years shows that over 50% of people don’t pass their driving test first time. If you do fail, then then ask your instructor for constructive feedback and ask them to explain the reason why your major fault resulted in a fail from a safety perspective. That way you’ll be more prepared for next time.
No, they don’t. Whether you get 15 minors or 0, a pass is a pass and insurance providers don’t ask for a report.
However, it’s still useful to be aware of what you received minor driving faults on so as to avoid making those mistakes on the road. For example, if you signal incorrectly and it results in an incident, you’ll have to claim on your insurance which’ll hike up the price.
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