Common minor driving faults for automatic cars

The most common minor driving test faults for automatic cars are:

Cockpit drill: Didn’t check the gear stick before signaling to move off. For example if a gear is in (P) parked position and you signal right to move off whilst you should’ve move it to (D) drive position. Another example if you forgot to release the handbrake or opposite not apply handbrake.

Moving away: Not making proper checks before moving off is a minor fault which could become a serious one if you move away when it‘s unsafe to do so.

Reverse parking: You shouldn’t be too far from the kerb or parked at an angle to it after your reverse park. Also look out of the rear window and exterior mirrors as well while reversing and watch for pedestrians when performing this manoeuvre.

Controls: You’ll need to activate the wipers if it’s raining and the lights if it’s dark. If visibility is reduced (such as in heavy rain), you should also switch the lights on so you can be seen.

Awareness: Your examiner is expecting to see evidence that you’re aware of what’s going on around you at all times. That means knowing about other road users nearby, reacting to the signals of other drivers, correctly interpreting road markings and signs and using your indicators appropriately.

When minor fault can turn into serious

If other road users are affected, a minor driving fault can turn into a serious one.

Gap between front car

When stopping at the traffic light make sure you see the wheels of the car in front.

Turning right routine

When you turning right do the following:
1. Check interior mirror
2. Check right mirror
If it’s safe
3. Indicate the signal

Turning left routine

When you turning left do the following:
1. Check interior mirror
2. Check left mirror
If it’s safe
3. Indicate the signal

Exterior mirrors

The more you see side of the car in exterior mirrors the more blindspot is. The side of the car should be seen in mirror only little bit.


You need to check blind spot when:
1. Moving off
2. Exiting the roundabout during changing lanes from the right to the left
3. Merging to the motorway or dual carriageway from side road or slip road
4. Change lanes ?
5. Overtaking

Don’t look around to check for them – you’ll take your focus away from the road in front of you, with potentially dangerous consequences

Dont check the blindsports when turning left or right because you will be taking eyes off the road in front and it cause dangerous situation.

So general rule check blindsports when your car moves in the straight direction but not when you intend to change direction of moving from straight to the left or right.

Comment: The way i check blindsports now is correct and continue to do so, no need strategy changes. I will follow the strategy Sharma taught me. So, when i move off, when i change lanes on the road of when i exit the roundabout and when i overtake on the right or left i check the blindsports.

Slip road

Slip road is the road that merges with dual carriageway or motoroad and finishes later on. It helps your you to join the dual carriageway or motorway more smoothly. You must change lane after you emerged into dual carriageway or motorway as soon as you can because motorway will finish anyway.

Uk driving plate structure

EU country (optional)
Area code – 2 letters
Age identifier – 2 numbers
Random letters – 3 letters

Less space less speed

Golden rule – less space less speed. When there are not enough space, narrow roads, obstructions reduce the speed down