Hi, I recently took the practical driving test and was failed. I would like to get some feedback to hopefully help with my practice, being a safe driver in the future, and passing the exam. One reason was entering a motorway with an acceleration lane and no yield sign for me or the highway (i have gone back an confirmed this was the case). I somewhat see their point because I did end up closer to the vehicle in front of me than a safe following distance, but I adapted to the situation and merged behind this individual (i had to slow down with the brake to do this), never crossed a solid white line, and did not cause further obstruction to vehicles behind me. I also adjusted to a safe following distance as soon as I could after merging. From my perspective, the other person who sped up over the speed limit when they could have moved to the left lane which was not occupied or slightly slowed down to allow me to merge in was the issue and lacked mutual consideration, but I agree, I was closer than I should have been to the person in front, so I admit that it could have been a cause for failure. However, I think since I adapted and recovered to a safe driving distance I showed I handled a difficult merging situation with an inconsiderate driver. Not a situation you want to be in, but if others don’t provide their part of the mutual consideration there is only so much I can do without causing an obstruction to a number of other drivers also attempting to merge. Should I have used the hard should for a moment to prevent an unsafe following distance? Or is it more a comment on planning? I did have a plan of course, but it went bad which means I had to adjust which I felt that I did.
The other thing the evaluator said was a problem (which was never actually an issue because there were never any intersecting cars even according to the evaluator) was that they didn’t believe I was applying the right hand rule correctly. The situation was in neighborhoods where the speed limit was 30-40 and some of the junctions had views that were partially obstructed to the right by bushes. I was going the speed limit or slightly under. In my mind, I did not think it was appropriate to slow down using brakes, because then I would be an obstruction to the traffic behind me (which also didn’t exist and was just a theoretical point). I was traveling close to the speed limit, as it was normal road conditions with good visibility, so I had assumed that it would be appropriate to travel at the speed indicated by the speed limit. So I guess I have a few questions now related to the right hand rule. How do I show that I intend to apply the right hand rule when there is no traffic? If it is a right hand rule junction and the view to the right is partially obstructed do I need to slow down, or is it enough to just take my foot off the accelerator and hover my foot over the brake in case I need to stop? Does the right hand rule apply if I would reach the first, but I would obstruct the driver to the right before clearing the junction? In general, I feel uncertain about how to apply the right hand rule now. Particularly I feel uncertain how to show the evaluator that I intend to apply the right hand rule, even if there isn’t a car coming from the right.
In all, I am disappointed with the result, but I am also curious if others have a perspective on this. I know it is difficult to take sides without having been there in person and that there is nothing I can do about that test, but let me know if you think these things sound like logical reasons for failing a person on the practical test or if maybe the inspector was being a bit too critical. Hopefully responses can help make me and others on the site better drivers.