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7 of the funniest excuses for failing the UK driving test

Passing the practical UK driving test isn’t easy, which is why approximately 50 per cent of learners fail the exam every year. However, some of the excuses given for failing the test range from the utterly hilarious to the downright bizarre. Book Theory Test Today has scoured social media to find 7 of the best…

#1 – Zebra Crossing Capers

Funny, but tinged with a touch of stupidity, one test candidate was approaching a zebra crossing during their exam. The learner driver recalls: “When crawling towards a zebra crossing, I went a little too far forward and (gently) bumped into a pedestrian before the examiner could stop me.”

The learner went on to argue that the incident was not their fault, and the person they had ‘gently’ bumped was fine… besides, the outfit of the man on the crossing blended in with the stripes, making him difficult to spot. Needless to say, the learner’s protests didn’t change the outcome of the test… FAIL.

#2 – Excessive Energy Drink Consumption Taking the UK driving test the day before their final A-Level exam, this 18-year old learner driver was already feeling the pressure of trying to juggle academic and motoring commitments. In a bid to keep up the pace, this candidate resorted to consuming three energy drinks a day.

By the time driving test day came around, this learner driver was so doped up on energy drinks, they arrived at the test centre – in their own words – ‘twitching like a madman and having not revised anything.’ The result? The candidate recorded two major faults, while losing count of the number of minors.

#3 – Problems with Parked Cars

Next up, a highly embarrassing moment for one test candidate, who, after seven minutes of waiting behind what they believed to be a queue of traffic, was politely asked by the exam invigilator to ‘drive around the parked cars.’

#4 – Good-Looking Man on a Motorbike

Motorists are urged to ‘Think Bike!’ when out on the roads, but one female test candidate took it a little too far. She recalls: “A good-looking man on a motorbike caught my attention while I was driving and, without realising, I started to drive directly towards him.”

“The instructor had to enforce an emergency stop as I nearly hit the man on the motorbike. I then blamed the move on my bad eyesight!” It’s not difficult to guess the outcome of this UK driving test.

#5 – Do I Drive on the Left or Right?

Returning from a holiday in France – where they drive on the right – shortly before taking their UK driving test, this candidate recalls exiting the test centre on the wrong side of the road. They went on to tell the examiner: “I had become so immersed in French culture, I’d forgotten what side of the road to drive on in the UK.”

#6 – Left and Right Strikes Again

While this candidate knew they had to drive on the left during the UK driving test, turning left and right proved to be a struggle. This candidate recalls being asked to turn right on two occasions, only to end up turning left, twice.

This learner driver told the examiner that they suffered from dyscalculia (look it up, it’s a thing) to explain their difficulty with turning left and right.

#7 – Movies Made Me Drive Badly

This learner driver thought a ‘James Bond’ approach was the way to tackle the UK driving test first time around. This candidate recalls failing their first attempt at the driving test because – in their own words – they thought the way to overtake was to ‘zip in and out of traffic like in a car chase.’

The candidate said: “The only background knowledge I had was taken from James Bond, so I blame the movies. Looking back, I can definitely see why it was so important for me to take more lessons.”

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