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Here are the explanations for your DMV road test failure.

You will fail the NYS DMV road test if your test results exceeds 30 points, or for any dangerous actions.

This may not be realistic but the goal is to get zero points off on the DMV Road Test. Finishing the test with no penality or zero points reflects a perfect score, or no penalties for doing something wrong. This does not mean that you need to drive perfectly however, because you can pass with up to thirty points total. Please see the Picture below on the left.

Here are your explanations: First, you should be aware that the DMV examiner does not have to explain the reason for your failure. But the examiner may simply say that you need more practice! If an explanation is offered, do not bother to argue or ask for another exam right now. Just accept it.


Because a blank DMV road test form can be misused, it is not appropriate to post the complete DMV road test form MV-501 here, but everything will be explaned below, and on the right sife of this page.


Next, do not schedule another road test immediately. Calm down and think about why you really failed the test. You will need time to perfect any mistakes that caused you to fail the road test. Developing safe driving skills requires time. So try to be patient while you build up confidence sharpening any weak skills such as changing lanes in traffic smoothly. Rushing into another road test too early without passing badly degrades confidence and the effort necessary to try again for some people. Also, do not assume that because you may have failed on the parallel park that parking is the only task you will need to practice. In fact, unable to parallel park correctly indicates poor steering control and judgement on execution.

Starting, Turning: Intersections


LEAVING THE CURB: Fails to observe (10) | Fails to signal | Uses Mirror only/fails to check blind spot. (5points)| Poor judgement approaching or at intersections:
(10 points each) for:

Traffic and vehicle control

Failed to keep right| improper lane of traffic| Follows too closely| Speed excessive for conditions: (1)Traffic (2)Weather (3)Road | Too slow/impedes traffic flow | Repeated stalling| Poor engine control/acceleration| Poor steering control (1)Turning (2) Straight driving (3) Maneuvers| Delayed braking/abrupt braking| Poor use of gears: (1)Automatic (2)Manual | Poor Clutch control

Parking, Backing, Steering,U Turns

Fails to signal| Fails to adequately observe/use caution| Unable to park properly| Unable to make a 3-point turn| Excessive maneuvers in: (3-point turn (2) Parking.


It cannot be overstated that most road test failures happen while turning left or right at an intersection. Similarly, most vehicle crashes occurs at intersections also. This is why the DMV examiners must assess good judgement and timing while approaching and turning at four way intersections. Most students and parents empahize practicing the parallel park, but knowing how to change lanes and turn safely is really what driving and the road test are all about.