What Happens If You Fail Your Driving Test?

Discover the consequences of a driving test fail & what you can do to help secure that pass

Fearful about what happens if you fail your driving test? The fear of failure can make it feel like the world is ending. There is an insane amount of pressure for learner drivers to pass first try and it’s so unfair.

Did you know that only 40% of people pass first try? That’s 60% left that take a few tries at it and that’s okay!

When can you take your driving test again if you don’t pass?

If you do fail, you can try again the very next day. However, we don’t recommend doing so. It’s better to take some time to regain your confidence and perfect the things that held you back this time.

If you fail a second time you can try again in eight days. Which gives you time to get a few more lessons in and shake off the nerves.

If you fail three or more times you have to wait 29 days between tests. If this happens then you’re going to need that time to fix up the mistakes that catch you out. Which is fine! Driving is a life skill and you’re expected to just jump in a car and master it under pressure! It’s crazy. A few failed driving tests is not the end of the world.

Giving yourself the best chance of passing

To maximise your chances of passing your driving test, practice as much as you can until you can complete various driving tasks as if it were second nature. Take time between tests to gain your confidence back. Failing your driving test isn’t a good feeling and it’s okay to take time to recover.

Believe you can do this. You wouldn’t be booking the test if you didn’t think you were ready. If you’ve been going to a driving school they won’t let you book until they know you’re ready. Which reminds me, take lessons from a driving school! Your friends and family are great, but they might teach you bad habits that could lead to a fail. Make sure you take some lessons with the professionals to ensure you are using the correct technique.

Finally, and I think the one that helped me the most on my test day. Think of the first attempt as a practice. You’re going into something you’ve never done before. It’s scary. Remove the pressure and think of it as a practice run. Who knows, maybe taking all the pressure off might just be enough to help you pass!