These expert tips will help you pass your driving test the first time.
Nerves are normal. However, the best way to calm them is to be prepared for the driving test.
These expert tips will help you stay cool on big days.
- Learn a lesson before you go
If possible, we recommend that you take a driving lessons the day before your test. This will allow you to review any maneuvers and ask questions.
Preparing for your test will calm nerves and get you ready to drive. This is especially true if you have been taking two-hour lessons over the past weeks. We also recommend this.
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- Keep on time
This is a simple one, but showing up on time for your test will help you get off to the right start.
You run the risk of missing it completely if you arrive late. Rushing to reach it in time can leave you feeling overwhelmed, even if it is successful.
You should arrive at the test center 10-20 minutes before your scheduled start time so that you have enough time to prepare but not wait too long.
It is important to get good sleep to avoid anxiety and stress.
- Make sure you have everything that you need
Many thousands of driving tests are canceled each year because candidates fail to show up on the day with all the necessary equipment.
You should ensure that you have all the required documentation and that your vehicle is up to test standards.
- Make use of the instructor’s car
Take advantage of the opportunity to take your test in a car that you are familiar with and feel at ease in. It will not only meet the requirements of the examiners (such as additional mirrors). But you’ll also be able to show off your knowledge in the new ‘Show Me Tell Me’ section of the test, which will allow you to know exactly where and how to activate controls like the fog lights or air-con.
Ask your instructor to walk you through the mechanics of your car as many times as you need. This will allow you to breeze through the first part of your test and make you feel confident before you even get on the road.
- Bring your instructor with you for some reassurance
Although it’s not necessary to bring anyone, you do have the option of taking your instructor along for the entire test. This will help you feel more at ease and comfortable.
You’ll also get another set of eyes to help you if you fail. You can bring anyone you like along to the meeting for support, provided they are at least 16 years old.
- if necessary, ask your examiner for a repeat.
You can ask the examiner for clarification if you don’t understand something during your test.
Panicking can only lead to a loss of focus and slippage.
- Don’t assume you’ve failed
You can make mistakes, but you are allowed up to 15 minors to take your test. Don’t dwell on them. Always assume that you will pass.
A minor error such as stalling can be tolerated, provided it is not in a potentially hazardous situation. Keep control of the vehicle and do not panic if it happens.
You don’t want to make minor errors. Otherwise, you risk making more.
- Pick the location where you would like to take your test
Congested areas that have a lot of roundabouts and traffic congestion are more likely to experience lower test rates than rural areas where there is little or no livestock.
While it’s not cheating for you to pass your test at a higher passing rate, ask yourself if this will help you drive safely after the test.
- Learn about your test routes
It is impossible to predict where you’ll end up on a given day, or what traffic and hazards you might encounter along the way.
Once you have chosen your test center, it is possible to get to know the surrounding area and test routes. Practice on many roads. If you want to avoid unpleasant surprises on test day, you must practice on a mix of major and minor roads, country lanes, and dual carriageways.
- Do not exaggerate the mirror checks
A lack of observation is one of the most common causes of minor errors in many learners’ driver’s tests.
Make sure to check your mirrors frequently – especially when you are setting off, approaching hazards, changing roads, changing position, or changing gears.
Although examiners will be watching out for your mirrors and will have an extra mirror, it is okay to occasionally go a little too far in your mirror-checking.
Your examiner will be less likely to find a minor error if your head is moved when you inspect your mirrors. You could also try to say mirrors loudly every time you check them to make sure they are aware.
- You can choose when to take your test
Do not book your test at a time you are likely to be distracted by other matters.
You will have the best chance to pass, regardless of whether it is school work, exams, or other commitments.
- Learn how to drive in various conditions
Although you can expect dry and sunny weather for your test, it is not possible to predict the future. You should practice with your instructor in the rain or shine.
You should also get on the road in fog and darkness so that you are prepared for any weather changes.
- Pay attention to your instructor
Your driving instructor will be able to tell you if you are ready for the challenge of passing your driving test after hours of lessons.
They don’t want to encourage you to take the test too early.
Failing your test will also knock your confidence, especially if you take it too early.
Don’t waste your own and the examiner’s time –wait until your instructor says you’re ready to give it a go.