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Failed your driving test? Fear not, we’re here to help

Perhaps you failed your driving test once, perhaps you failed twice? Maybe you didn’t get on with your instructor, or simply just needed some driving test tips. Find out how to best prepare for your next driving test below!

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Understanding your test results

We recommend that you go through your test results with your driving instructor to understand which areas you need to improve on and focus your lessons around these.

Our expert RED instructors can talk you through your previous driving test report and any worries or concerns you may have. We can then tailor your lessons to those areas you may be struggling with.

We also have a guide to understanding your driving test results which can point you in the right direction.


Meet our instructors

Dave Dunsford

Dave Dunsford

I’ve been a driving instructor for over 20 years. I started out as a new driver instructor and now also train people to become driving instructors, so I’ve seen it all!

The test and driving regulations has changed over the years and at RED we really focus on ensuring that our learners are 100% confident and competent with independent driving.

As a parent myself I understand that patience is key through the instruction process, everyone has different strengths and weaknesses. It’s all about encouraging progression in a way that benefits the student and manages expectations. There’s nothing like the feeling when a student passes or achieves their goals – it’s a process you go through together.

I’ve taught thousands of people over the years and whether your aim is passing your driving test or refreshing certain skills, I’d say go for it! The freedom and confidence that safe driving gives you is simply incredible.

Dawn Guerrero

Dawn Guerrero

I absolutely love the job, the best thing about it is the reward you receive from seeing people progress with their driving and watching their confidence grow. It’s also really fun and I really enjoy meeting and getting to know different people each day

John Nicholson

John Nicholson

After looking at the options available to him, John made the decision to retrain as a driving instructor. He embarked on a course with RED Driving School and passed his final exams in September 2016.

Dave Dunsford

Dave Dunsford

Dawn Guerrero

Dawn Guerrero

John Nicholson

John Nicholson

Top reasons for failing

Data released by the DVSA in 2019 showed the top reasons people fail their driving test. If you’re looking for some tips to master these areas, we have a guide to take you through each area and make sure you’re ready for your driving test.

  • Junctions (observation)
  • Mirrors (change direction)
  • Control (steering)
  • Junctions (turning right)
  • Move off (safely)
  • Response to signals (traffic lights)
  • Move off (control)
  • Positioning (normal driving)
  • Response to road signs & road markings
  • Reverse park (control)
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When and where to practice manoeuvres

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Parallel parking made easy

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How to overtake safely

Where can you find us

Always an instructor near you

Our experienced instructors operate nationwide. So whether you’re learning in Newcastle or Norwich or Plymouth or Preston, we’ll find the perfect instructor to help you on your journey to passing.

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