Why South Burnett learner drivers are failing their tests
ABOUT half of all learner drivers fail their driving test on their first attempt, South Burnett driving instructor Andrew Cross says.
The Andrew's Driving Class instructor who has 10 years of experience in the field, said there was a range of reasons learners fell short on the test.
Mr Cross said quite a few of his students failed for not stopping at a stop sign.
"They are not stopping at all,” he said.
"A lot of people will drift through it. They are treating it as a give way, but it's illegal.”
Lack of knowledge of road signs is also catching people out.
"Failing to give way is a big one,” Mr Cross said.
"They will get confused at an intersection, if it is their turn or not.
"That does mess people up a little it.”
While it might seem obvious that not wearing a seat belt in the exam will cause an immediate fail, Mr Cross said it wasn't unheard of.
"In a career of 10 years, that has happened once, he said.
"It's one of those things you think, that's never going to happen.”
But it isn't all bad news for our learner drivers as the message of slowing down and sticking to the speed limit seems to be sinking in.
"I haven't had any one fail for speeding for over a year now,” Mr Cross said.
"That message has reached people,”
Of all the reasons his students have failed, there is one that takes the cake.
"I have had one student who tried to bribe the examiner,” Mr Cross said.
"It's in the book of driving rules, it says things like, don't answer your phone during the test and don't try to coerce or influence the driving examiner.
"And I'm like, 'haha, that's really funny',” he said.
"And then five years later it actually happens.”