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How to fail your driver’s test

Microsoft IES Logo By Steve Mertl for MSN Autos of Microsoft IES | Slide 1 of 11: Ten common reasons being sent home empty-handed by the examiner

Ten common reasons being sent home empty-handed by the examiner

I'm one of the lucky ones; I passed my driver's test on the first try. Mind you, it was a long time ago. We drove Flintstones cars (almost). I suspect it's stricter today, what with graduated-licensing programs and all.I never had formal driving-school lessons but when I earned my learner's permit I got seat time in a variety of friends' and relatives' vehicles. By the time I took my test in mum's '69 Mazda, I was pretty angst-free. Only parallel parking made me nervous and it turned out I aced that.I wonder if I would fare as well in a test on today's traffic-congested streets? The average first-try pass rate for driving tests in my home province of British Columbia is 68 per cent, according to the Insurance Corp. of British Columbia.In Ontario, the rate can vary widely, depending on where you take your test, according to a 2010 Toronto Star article. In Brampton, about one in two drivers failed, while in the northern Ontario town of Kenora, it was seven per cent. The spread is thought to be related to things like traffic levels and the difficulty level of test routes, the Star said. In Quebec this year, the average failure rate was just under 29 per cent, according to the Société de l' assurance automobile du Québec.Here are some of the most common mistakes novice drivers make that can cause examiners to send them home without that coveted licence. They're drawn from various sources, including ICBC, B.C.'s public auto insurer, Young Drivers of Canada and the web site Find a Driving School.
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