DRIVING TEST TIPS

Top Tips to pass your driving test 

  1. Be on time.
  2. Find the right instructor.
  3. Use the instructor’s car.
  4. Listen to your instructor.
  5. Exaggerate mirror checks.
  6. Practice Mock driving Test.
  7. Go over your theory again.
  8. Have a lesson beforehand.
  9. Don’t assume you’ve failed.
  10. Drive in different conditions.
  11. Check everything you need.
  12. Don’t rush to get your licence.
  13. Ask your examiner to repeat, if necessary.
  14. Get to know your test routes and exam center.
  15. Choose when and where you want to take your test.

Be on time

It will be a good start to turning up at a good time for your test. Arriving late risks you missing your exam or rushing to get there in time will leave you feeling flustered, even if you do.Arrive 10-15 minutes before your exam center so you have long enough to prepare, but won’t be waiting around too long. Also make sure you get a good night’s sleep is also important to avoid unnecessary stress or anxiety.

Find the right instructor

Find a local and experienced driving instructor, one that you can work with and trust.

who will know all routes, and the most popular driving exam route for examiners, complex junction and difficult parts that fail many tests. Book a tester lesson, and if you are not comfortable then move on. Finding a good instructor will not only increase your chances of passing first time but may also reduce the amount of hours needed to be test standard. Also don’t change the driving instructor just before your exam.

Use the Instructor’s car

Take your driving test in a car you know well and feel comfortable in.If you practice your driving instructor car for a long time and if you are comfortable then use your instructor car for the exam. If you change driving instructor just before the driving exam make sure you have enough practice with the car, also practice show me tell me as well.

Listen to your instructor

Your driving instructor will have a clear idea after hours of driving lessons,about whether you’re ready for your driving test. Definitely you want to pass your driving test as quickly as possible. But, listen to your driving instructor and try to follow their advice. If they don’t think you will be ready in time, trust them. They know your test standard better than you. If you have any questions or concerns, always consult with your driving instructor. If your instructor says you’re ready, have faith in yourself. If you have any weaknesses, concentrate on them in lessons, and consider a last minute lesson before your test to calm your nerves.

Exaggerate mirror checks

Lack of observation is one of the top 10 reasons why people fail their test. Check your mirrors regularly – especially before slowing down, move off, approaching hazards, changing road position and changing gears. Examiners are trained to look out for you checking your mirrors. Try moving your head instead of glancing when you check your mirrors.  You will not be penalized if you check more. Before moving out into a new road, always look 6 POINT at least twice. If the junction is blind and difficult to see into the road, slowly edge forward until you can see clearly. The examiner wants to see you constantly observing 6 POINT around you and act accordingly.

Practice Mock driving Test

According to the UK statistics average learner drivers require around 45 hours of driving lessons and 20 hours of family practice before test ready. Always look for learning opportunities, if you have any weakness practice more on that area, could me maneuver, junction, roundabout. The more you do this, the more it will become second nature to you. Remember, there’s always room to improve your driving.

Take a mock driving test before your exam if possible with a different driving instructor but similar car.

Benefits will be sitting next to a stranger under new conditions and will help you to prepare for the real test.

Go over your theory again

This can also take some time between taking your theory and practical test, so it’s a good idea to go over your Highway Code and road signs again before getting into the car for driving lessons. Knowing your signs and your highway code when on your test will greatly settle your nerves and boost your confidence, allowing you to drive in a relaxed and safe way.It is always a good idea to just confirm whether you are up-to-date with the new DVLA driving requirements in case they have changed.

Have a lesson beforehand

If possible it’s highly recommended taking a driving lesson on the day of your test, that way you can go over any manoeuvres and go through Show me tell me questions or last-minute questions if you have. A lesson beforehand will help calm your nerves and put you in the right frame of mind for driving.

  1. Don’t assume you’ve failed

If you do make a mistake, remember you’re allowed up to 15 minors during your test so try not to dwell on them . You may see the examiner marking your test report throughout your driving. Don’t always think they are marking you down. The examiner has to mark when certain aspects of the test have been covered- Like Angled moving off, a Hill start, a Manoeuvre or Emergency Stop. So don’t worry  just focus on the road ahead.

Drive in different conditions

When you have lessons over a few months make sure you’ve practiced with your instructor in rain, foggy, dark and sunny weather. There is no guarantee that you will get dry and sunny weather when it comes to taking your test. It’s worth checking the weather forecast a few days in advance. That way you can mentally prepare for bad weather.

Check everything you need

When you book your driving test make sure forward the confirmation email/screenshot to your driving instructor. Thousands of driving tests don’t go ahead because the pupil fails to turn up with everything they needed on the day. Make sure you have all the required documents and that your car is properly equipped and up to the test standard.

Don’t rush to get your licence

If you want to take your test early, it will only waste your and their time, harm their pass rate and knock down your confidence. No matter how badly you want to pass the exam, there is no point in taking your test until you’re ready. Rushing to pass only leaves you without the knowledge you really need to be independently on the road.

  1. Ask your examiner to repeat, if necessary

If you don’t hear or understand an instruction properly, always ask the examiner early to repeat themselves. Don’t wait until the last minute. Hesitation or Panicking will only cause you to lose focus. Also the examiner will not mind or penalize you for that.

Know your test routes and exam center

When you select the test centre, get to know the area and test routes before that. It’s impossible to know which exam route your examiner will be directed on the day or what traffic or hazards you’ll face along the way.Make sure you’ve practiced all exam routes. Practicing all major and minor roads, country roads and dual carriageways is important if you want to avoid any surprises on exam day.

Most driving tests are not successful soon after leaving the test centre. The probable cause is driving test nerves that are at their peak right at the beginning. Be acquainted  yourself with leaving and exiting the exam centre. Practice entering and leaving in your car, when possible but if restricted walk around the test centre. Look at how easy or busy the road is, if there is a hidden pediatrician crossing that might be difficult to see pedestrians.

CHOOSE WHEN AND WHERE YOU WANT TO TAKE YOUR TEST

Be conscious while booking. Taking exams during a busy or difficult time in your life will not be a good idea so pick the right time when you can give full attention. You need to choose which day to take your test once you have decided but where? According to statistics we discovered the best day and time to increase your chances of success.

The time of day at which you take your driving test can have a significant impact on the outcome, especially if you choose a busy town or city. Most busy areas suffer from rush-hour traffic. That involves reckless drivers desperate to get to work or home on time and they often have little patience for a learner driver. Few test centers offer Saturday exams, if your area is quieter then you can consider it but weekend bookings have a slightly higher fee.

8:10                        Low Pass Rate
9:07                        Low Pass Rate
10:14                      Above Average Pass Rate
11:10                      Above Average Pass Rate
12:38                      Above Average Pass Rate
13:35                      Average Pass Rate
14:32                      Average Pass Rate
15:39 (Tuesday)     Average Pass Rate

MORE TIPS

  • If you’re hesitant, don’t go.
  • Take time for manoeuvres.
  • Don’t drive too fast or too slow.
  • Always appropriate check mirrors.
  • Don’t give up, always be can do attitude.
  • Avoid overtaking on approaching junctions.
  • Don’t look at the examiner marking your test sheet.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes for the driving test.
  • If you are not clear what to do, ask the examiner to repeat.
  • Always maintain a safe following distance or 2 second rule.