I’m sure most of us have had the worry of crashing a car while learning to drive. But what happens if you crash during your driving test?
The answer to this question is quite open but we will go over the most likely things to happen if you crash.
If you are using your instructors car, it should hopefully never happen since the examiner will have dual controls.This makes it much less likely that you will make a dangerous mistake.
Obviously if the examiner has to touch the controls at all then you will fail your test.
Will I fail my test if I crash?
This question seems obvious but there is circumstances where you wouldn’t get a fail.
If the crash is your fault in any way the you will be failed 100%. However, if the fault of the crash lies with another driver then there is a chance you will be given a resit of the test on another day.
Will I pay for the damages?
This depends on whether you are driving your own car or your instructors. When driving your own car and you are liable for the accident, you will have to pay the excess on your insurance.
If you are taking the test in your instructors car and are liable for a crash, there is a slight grey area on whether you will pay. If the examiner doesn’t take the correct measures to prevent the accident then they could be liable. For example, if they didn’t break using the dual controls.
If the accident was not your fault then you will not need to pay anything.
What should I do if I crash?
If you crash on your test then try to stay calm if possible. Stop the car safely, turn off the engine and turn on the hazard lights.
Don’t worry, the examiner will be able to help you out in this situation.
Don’t accept responsibility for the crash until you are fully aware of what caused it.
If there are any serious injuries phone an ambulance. If you are blocking the road or the accident is serious then call the police.
Take down details of any other passengers and witnesses to the accident. Make sure no one is injured and take note of any injuries.
Take note of the make, model, colour, and number plate of the vehicles involved in the accident or take pictures of them.
When you are home you should then phone your insurance company to inform them of the crash or make a claim.
If it was your instructors car that was crashed then they will deal with the insurance side of things.
If you would like more information and a more detailed description of what to do if you find yourself in a crash then have a look at this article by The AA.
Don’t overthink it
The chances are that if you are reading this article you have not crashed your car on your test because it is very rare.
This means that you are most likely overthinking your test and imagining the worst possible out come.
As hard as it is try your best to get the thought out of your head. Going in to a test with a clear head makes a huge difference. Being relaxed when driving makes it a lot less likely you will make errors.
Try to be confident and enjoy yourself.