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Is it a major fault if I am 4-5 feet away from kerb when reversing during driving test?

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Sam_3 16 Jun 2009

If I reversed at the end and I was say 4-5 feet away from the kerb, would this be a major or a minor fail?


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KATIE_2 02 Nov 2019

What is considered a major driving fault?

Is it a major fault to stop firmly/suddenly at a crossing if someone steps out in front of you?

[Migrated from previous topic 10235 dated 03 Nov 2008]

gices 02 Nov 2019


I don't think this would be counted as a major fault or even a minor fault. On the other hand, this will be seen as good observation skills as you would have prevented an accident from happening.

However if you saw that people were walking towards a foot crossing and you miscalculated the time by which they would step on the crossing and continued driving, then this could result in a major driving fault as your observations would be negatively perceived because of your wrong judgement.

[Migrated from previous post 78 dated 03 Nov 2008]

anonymous_2 02 Nov 2019

If during the test the car engine went off, is it a minor fault?

[Migrated from previous post 2078 dated 23 Sep 2013]

gices 20 Jun 2009


When reversing during the driving test, if you notice that you are going to be a lot further away from the kerb, then it is alright to stop reversing and go forward a little to correct your steering. Examiners do not expect perfect drivers but as long as you can rectify your error(s), then you will certainly pass.

Depending on the driving examiner, it can be marked down as a minor driving fault or may be ignored completely if you're a bit far from the kerb. However, in certain situations, it can be marked down as a major fault if an accident could have been caused by you being a lot further away from the kerb. An example of this could be that you have reversed in a road and you are so far from the kerb that your vehicle is literally on the opposite lane (that is on the right) and an incoming car had to brake sharply to avoid crashing into your car.