Do you know the main cause of failure in Dubai driving test?

You might read an article in gulf news recently stating that the real cause of failure. If not it shed the light to the driving candidate which needs to focus upon.

Common major mistakes according to RTA

A senior official from RTA says Fear of failure and nervousness are the main causes of drivers not passing the road test

According to RTA Fear of failure and nervousness are the main causes of drivers not passing the road test and also few common major mistakes being commit by the candidate are explaining RTA official

  • The most important thing to avoid while appearing for test is the fear of failure or nervousness.
  • Failure to stop at signals is among the most common mistakes. - 
    failure to stop at red light, stop sign or stop line.
  • The other major mistakes are not adhering to traffic signs like entering a no-entry zone or yellow box, lack of vehicle control and failure to ensure the road, lane or roundabout is clear before proceeding.

How to avoid these mistakes

  • Be confident  and focus: “Confidence and control is key while driving. If a person is not confident or if he is nervous he won’t be able to concentrate properly, which will lead to lack of control. On the contrary, if you are not nervous and concentrating on the road properly, you will remember to follow the steps such as looking in the mirror while changing lanes and things like keeping a safe distance, if not the person will fail the test,” said Namat RTA Director.
  • Learn to stop too : 
    The most important thing to look for on the road is not how you drive but how you stop, that matters the most. If you fail to stop where you are required then you are gone

What RTA doing to improve your confidence and driving

  • In order to ensure drivers are confident while driving,  RTA is training examiners on human psychology and teaching them ways to help people calm down before road tests.

“Behaviour of the driver on road is crucial. The examiner will see whether the driver is safe for other road users or whether he is a threat to their safety,” he added.

  • In order to ensure that the candidates don’t appear for the test committing the same mistakes repeatedly, RTA is linking its system with that of the driving schools, which will send trainers alerts on the mistakes a driver has committed.

“We are doing this to ensure that the drivers are getting the right training and that they are not going back for tests without rectifying the mistakes they committed last time. So when the candidate is going back for more training after failing once, the instructors will know the mistakes the person has made and what are the things to focus on,” said Namat. 

What examiner really looking in the exam

Apart from control and confidence of the driver, examiners generally look for adherence of rules and there are 16 things among these minor rules that need to be taken care of.

  • If a candidate takes care of at least 12 of the 16 minor criteria then he will succeed. these are
  1. pre-drive checks
  2.  mirrors and observation
  3. signals
  4.  lane change
  5. overtaking
  6.  approach
  7. stop position
  8. judgement
  9. left turn
  10. movement on roundabout and U-turn
  11.  right turn
  12. progress and speed
  13. position on road gear use
  14. safety margin
  15. parking in and out.


“Drivers learn these rules during theory classes and road training, but it is important to implement these rules or adhere to them. Young drivers, who are driving for the first time, learn better and adhere to rules better, that’s why they have a better pass rate,” he said.
To pass, the driver has to clear at least 12 of these 16 steps apart from five major points that need to be adhered to.
“If a person drives well throughout his test but commits one major mistake at the end of the test then he will fail,” he stated.

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