An Australian motorist fails his driving test for a simple act, sending Reddit users divided – but can you spot what’s wrong?

An Australian motorist has revealed the simple road act that led to him failing a recent driving test.

The discouraged driver shared on Reddit that he posted footage of himself making the same maneuver on a street in Townsville, Queensland, and asked if he was “fair enough to feel hard done.”

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The video shows the driver exiting at a traffic light and driving straight through an intersection and into a median lane on the opposite side of the road.

“I just failed my HR department [heavy vehicle] Driving test to pull that exact maneuver,” he said in the Reddit post.

“Would like to know if I have the right to feel badly done here.”

The driver started on one side of the intersection. Credit: Reddit

While the motorist appeared to be following the correct lane across the intersection, he actually should have changed to the right lane.

This is because the road changed from a two-lane to a three-lane on the other side of the intersection.

Since the driver was in the right lane on the only two-lane road, he should have stayed in the right lane on the other side of the road.

“Yes, I went to the middle lane since it was the lane right in front of me, but apparently I should go to the right lane,” the Reddit user explained.

“Apart from that, he couldn’t fault my driving and I failed because of that.

“I ruined my whole day and now it’s a month before I can do the test again just because I fucking just drove.”

Another Reddit user said, “Yes, starts in the right lane and ends in the middle. That’s a lane change in the middle of the intersection.”

The driver later added: “Before everyone says he’s right, I agree it wasn’t the right maneuver. I just don’t understand how this can be a “critical driving error” and fail my entire test for such an easy mistake.

“I literally drove straight.

“Anyway, I only have one bath because I just went in for that day on my day off and I feel like I let the guys down at work.”

While going straight through the intersection, the instructor claimed he should have switched to the right lane. Credit: Reddit

Many Reddit users agreed that it was an unfair decision.

“You didn’t do anything wrong, buddy. Assessor becomes ac***. This is the lane from this crossing that you are supposed to use. Otherwise you would have crashed into the Mazda,” said one.

Another said: “I’m with you mate. Likewise the car on your left. Straight is the right lane and the right lane is the wrong lane. Signs of wear and tear on the ceiling indicate this.

“Driver test people can be a***holes. A little power and they think they’re a god. I bet you are not the first person the instructor has guided through this intersection.”

Some felt that the intersection should have better lane markings and signage for drivers.

“I think it’s more of a case of bad road design, it’s ambiguous whether the added lane is meant to be left or right (obviously disagreed by you and the instructor)” said one.

“They really should add dotted lines through the intersection to remove any doubt as to which lane goes where in cases like this where there’s a different number of lanes on each side of the intersection.”

A Google Maps view of the controversial intersection in Townsville, Queensland. Credit: Google Maps

Said another: “As an engineer involved in some road designs, this is a damn intersection. More line markers may help, but based on the street view, there are already many. It’s better to have a sign before showing what happens after the intersection, regarding lanes.”

However, others felt it was a good decision to let the driver down because of the mistake.

“Although it’s unfair, I would say it’s a critical driving error. Goofing up lanes can lead to serious accidents,” said one.

Another wrote: “You didn’t drive straight. It seems to me that you made a mistake.

“When I was getting my driver’s license (Central European country, so the following may not apply), my instructor specifically warned me never to change lanes at an intersection as it was dangerous and illegal. I would expect to fail my exam after such a mistake.”

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James Brien

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