The first examiner was silent and grumpy. I think he was having a bad day. It was so distracting throughout the entire test and worse of all, I ended up failing.

The second time I failed the examiner was great and very talkative.
He said I failed because of a wide right-hand turn.
90% of our conversation was about the examiner. 10% was about the action of driving.

Failing a driving test is stressful. Stress often causes confusion. Confusion interferes with our brain’s ability to make decisions. Visual decisions require huge brainpower.

Telling me so much about the examiner strongly suggests that the driver’s focus was far more concerned with the examiner, their relationship and the examiner’s presence, than proper attention on the driving.

Details about the driving were few and unclear.

LET US ASSUME THAT YOU DID IN FACT DID FAIL BECAUSE OF WIDE RIGHT HAND TURNS. IF TRUE….

You failed because you consistently turn right improperly throughout the entire 35-minute test. You probably turned right 15 or more times.

4 incorrect rights are enough to fail you.

But there is a bigger issue to consider here.

Wide means you end up close to the head-on lanes, possibly crossing the center line into head-on traffic. One of these movements, at the wrong time when another vehicle is approaching, would be a dangerous action and an instant fail.

emotional viewlogical view
theory about examiners bad day copy of exam score sheet
photo of the detailed exam score sheet

Now ask the failed driver to sketch on paper a proper right-hand turn. This requires the driver to recall exactly where the cars positioning in on their right turns. DO THEY KNOW EXACTLY WHERE THE CAR IS AT ALL TIMES ON A RIGHT?

What do you think?

For many, it seems much EASIER to talk about the things you CANNOT CONTROL like the examiner, his thoughts versus getting clear on those things you CAN CONTROL like the positioning of the car on ALL 15 right-hand turns.

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