The driving test is potentially one of the most nerve-wracking exams you can put yourself through – even if you’re a supremely confident driver, one nervous mistake can be the difference between a pass and a fail.
And while no one can guarantee what will crop up on the day of the test – other drivers can play almost as big a part in the outcome of your test as you do – follow this five-point plan and you can be confident of launching those L-plates forever.
- Swot up on the highway code
A good knowledge of the Highway Code should underpin your practical performance, as it clearly defines the legal requirements every road user must adhere to, and a solid understanding of the rules of the road can help you avoid making any serious faults.
So even before you get out on the road, give yourself a head start by swotting up on the Highway Code, it’ll help you pass your theory test and make informed decisions on your practical.
- Get familiar with possible test routes
Taking your test on unfamiliar roads will make it even harder to pass, so make sure your driving lessons take you along the potential test routes so you can get used to any tricky hill starts and challenging roundabouts before you take your test.
- Take your test only when you’re ready
Unfortunately, there’s no set amount of lessons you can take to guarantee a pass, so the important thing is to take as many as you need to feel completely confident behind the wheel, and don’t put in for your test until you are.
The Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) suggests the average learner will take 47 hours of private practice with an instructor, plus another 20 hours of private practice, before passing their test – this means it can take months to pass your test, unless you take an intensive driving course and fulfil your quota of driving hours in as little as ten days.
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4.Don’t make the same old mistakes
There are certain mistakes that crop up time and time again during driving tests, so make sure you concentrate on the following:
- Check mirrors, particularly when moving off, and reversing.
- Stay alert and observe fully at junctions and roundabouts – but try not to be too hesitant
- Adjust your driving to suit the weather and road conditions, such as rain and standing water on the road
- Signal at the right time, and don’t forget to cancel your signals if necessary
- Keep full control of the vehicle, with proper hand placement and accurate manoeuvring
- Don’t keep your clutch down when changing gear (this is known as coasting), and try not to stall through poo clutch control – if you do, stay calm and safely re-start the car.
- Keep calm and be prepared
Make sure you get enough sleep the night before your test (and don’t touch a drop of alcohol the night before, even if your test is in the afternoon), and remember to take the following along to your test:
- Theory test pass certificate
- Photocard driving licence
- Glasses if you need them for driving
If you’re usually a calm and collected driver while out on your lessons, then treat your test as just another lesson and you shouldn’t go far wrong. If you’re not usually calm and collected, then maybe you should put your test off a while longer.
Good luck, and here’s to years of safe and happy motoring.