The top reason why people fail the Victorian Driving Test
According to VicRoads, there is one common reason for 75 per cent of the failures when attempting the Probationary Licence Test.
In the 12 months to 30 June 2022, 118,000 people took a driving test in Victoria and, of these, 17,000 failed to get their probationary driver's licence, or P plates.
While around 90 per cent of applicants were successful on their first try - up from 75 per cent in 2020, VicRoads figures show that about three-quarters of failed driving tests are due to ‘immediate termination errors’.
Immediate termination errors include:
- Disobeying directions (three times)
- Colliding with another vehicle
- Failing to give way
- Exceeding the speed limit (there are multiple variations for this error)
- Driving through a stop sign, red traffic light
- Stopping in a dangerous position
- Dangerous actions (eg. causing another road user to take evasive action)
A further 18 per cent of driving test fails are due to critical errors, where the driver creates an unsafe situation that does not result in immediate risk of collision or injury. These include:
- Failing to check for other road users
- Failing to signal
- Driving too slowly for the conditions
- Blocking a pedestrian crossing but no pedestrians are affected
- Mounting the kerb when parking or leaving a parking space
- Stalling your car
- Slowing but not stopping your car completely at a stop sign
"Immediate termination errors are particularly concerning as these are the types of errors that are likely to cause serious accidents on our roads, and have the potential to result in serious injuries or fatal crashes," says Lydia Kendray, Manager of Driver Training Operations at RACV.
"For learners who fail their test for making a Termination error, this is often the best outcome for them as it highlights they do not yet have the level of experience to be able to keep themselves and others safe on the road."
"Each year in Victoria we see approximately 10,000 serious injuries on our roads which seriously impacts the lives of not only those injured, but also their family and friends. This is not to be taken lightly. Each person who gets into the drivers seat has a responsibility to make sure they are prepared and fit to drive safely."
The best way to avoid these mistakes is to practice. The more driving experience a learner has, the more confident and capable they will be when they undertake the driving test.
"While it is important to get lots of practice with your family/friend supervisor, the most effective approach is when the learner, supervisor and instructor work together as a team to develop safe solo driving habits and achieve a successful test outcome."
In a bid to offer more options and greater flexibility for aspiring drivers, from Monday, 15 August, learner drivers going for their P-plates will save up to $133.30 in licence and online hazard perception testing fees.
Victoria’s online learner permit and hazard perception tests will also be free, helping to reduce costs for families and promote road safety.