8 reasons why you keep failing your Dubai road test
Getting a driver's license in Dubai is not as difficult as you may have been told, but only if you've prepared beforehand and actually know what you're doing.
Dubai road tests have been notorious for being one of the toughest driving tests in the world, and it's very common for people to pass after multiple attempts. But regardless of this, there are still many candidates who pass on their first try.
If you're on your third try, and literally on the verge of giving up, here's a bunch of reasons why you haven't passed your road test yet:
1. You're not confident enough
Examiners can fail you just because you lack confidence. Being nervous while driving can actually lead you to make silly mistakes, so it's best to keep a cool head and be aware of your surroundings. If you're not feeling confident a few days before your exam, it's okay to postpone it to another day when you know you can do it. Remember, the more confident you are, the greater your chance of getting a pass.
2. You're driving too slow (or too fast)
Not too slow, and not too fast either. It's all about settling into that balance. Pay attention to the speed limit as well and don't accelerate too fast when you reach the main road.
3. You're waaaaay too hesitant when changing lanes
Okay, so here's the steps you should take before you change lanes; first check all your mirrors, both the side and rear view ones. Don’t forget about your blind spots! Only switch your lane when the road is clear, and if it's not, be sure to let your instructor know. Many people have the habit of rapidly increasing or decreasing their speed for a lane change just to impress their examiner, but take our advice and don't shoot your shot with this one.
4. You’re not checking your mirrors enough
Mirror checking is one of the most important parts of driving, because it shows you what’s around your car, and the RTA knows this. Make sure you check your mirrors regularly. It’s better to check them more than required than getting a fault for not checking them enough. We’re not saying keep your eyes glued to the mirrors, but check them every time you’ve got some empty space ahead of you. Bonus tip: make sure you check your rear view mirror before braking. It shows the examiner that you anticipate how much brake pressure to apply.
5. You ask too many questions
Where do I go? Am I doing this right? When should I switch lanes? All these questions give your examiner the impression that you have zero clue of what you're doing and some can get annoyed if you keep asking them what to do when they just want you to drive straight. Just do what they tell you to do, and don't question any instruction. Remember to keep driving straight in your lane if the examiner doesn't say anything.
6. You're forgetting to do the initial steps
The test starts the moment you get behind the wheel, so it's important to remember the simple things you were taught before starting the car; adjust your seat, fix the mirrors, and fasten your seat belt. And never start driving until all passengers have fastened their seat belts!
7. You're not yet familiar with the area you're taking your test in
In case you didn't know, examiners will not make you drive in places you haven't driven before, so it's best to memorise and familiarise yourself with the ins and outs of the road. Take note of where the U-turns and the roundabouts are, so you don't panic last minute during the test. Also, bonus tip: Take your test during non-peak hour periods during the day to avoid traffic.
8. You listen TOO well
What do we mean by this? Well, say you've been told to exit a closed parking lot from the opposite direction, or you were asked to park in front of a gate, all of these are low-key illegal, and though we told you to do as your instructor says, it's also important to make sure that you're not breaking any basic road rules. Sometimes, you're actually just being tested to see if you can use your own knowledge.