Top Test Tips
10 easy tips to help you pass your driving test!
1. Get extra experience! You take your lessons with your Driving Instructor, this is great as it is what you need as a learner driver to teach you essentially how to operate the vehicle. It is often very helpful to also get extra tuition from parents or relatives who will allow you to drive their vehicle. Even without tuition you are gaining extra experience of operating a vehicle. Learner Driver Insurance can protect the vehicle from any damage you may cause, and will make sure the vehicle owner's insurance is not affected by any problems you may have. This can be very affordable from as little as £2 to £3 per day!
2. Get to know your likely test routes! Driving Examiners are expected to follow one of several routes local to your test centre. These routes are often known by your Driving Instructor, yet can often be found online through websites that allow you to copy the route onto a satnav device. Practicing these routes with a satnav device can be very helpful.
3. Practice your manoeuvres as often as you can! Practicing your manoeuvres as often as you can will help you feel more comfortable when doing them in the test. Getting to know how a vehicle moves and feeling comfortable with the controls will assist you with any nervousness issues you may experience during your test.
4. Revisit your theory! By going over your theory questions after you have completed your theory test, you can be sure that as a driver (albeit currently provisional only) you are up to date with the DVLA standards of driving, and what is expected of you as a driver in the UK. Knowing that you know your signs and your highway code when on your test will greatly settle your nerves and give you the confidence required to drive in a relaxed and safe way. This is noticed by your examiner!
5. Do not panic! If you make a mistake, feel overwhelmed, feel you are not sure how to proceed, or simply get a blank mind during your test, do not panic. These things can happen to anybody anywhere and at any time! This does not mean you cannot drive, it means you have experienced an overload of pressure or nerves, and what you do next will account for your driving skill – how you deal with it is what matters. Remain calm, assess your mistake or emotion/s, and take the appropriate action to correct any mistakes or settle any emotion/s. This is noted by your examiner and correctly & calmly addressing any issues is a forte for any driver, provisional or passed!
6. Get to know the vehicle! By lifting the bonnet and having a quick look at the real mechanics of the vehicle you've been driving, most learners feel nothing but panic and fear of the vast unknown; don't be one of those learners! Ask your instructor, your friends, your parents and your relatives to give you a quick tour of what is what. The 'Show Me Tell Me' section of the practical driving test is fraught with possible minors, but the questions are actually very basic and you should know the answers with hesitating. Get to know your way around and you will not pick up any minors during the initial part of your test.
7. Try it all! Can you be certain that the road conditions will be dry and the sun will be shining when it comes to your test…? Me neither! As such, you should ask your Driving Instructor to take you out in as many conditions as possible. By driving in wet, dry, slippery, raining, dark, foggy, crazily bright, and even icy conditions you will pick up priceless experience that will pay off hugely when it comes to taking your test. What is more, you will not find any nasty surprises when you are driving on your own having passed your test!
8. Eat before your test! A common human element of panic is to not eat. By not eating you just magnify your stress levels and push the panic levels through the roof. You may feel calm, but those around you can smell it a mile off! By grabbing a bite to eat before you take your test you can settle your nerves and help you maintain focus on what is on the road ahead, and what the Driving Examiner is asking you to do next.
9. Speak up! So you're driving along and the Driving Examiner asks you to do something, and you don't quite hear him or her… Ask what was said, don't clam up and try to guess the instruction, ask the examiner to repeat what they just said so that you can confidently carry out their instruction.
10. You are not the Examiner! Whatever you think about your driving on the day, you must remember that the examiner has the final say. This works both ways; you might feel you've failed already following a mistake, but if you have addressed it correctly and done all you can to maintain the safety of yourself and other road users, the examiner may think that you have done everything properly, and therefore wont fail you. The point here is that you should carry on throughout your driving test with the same level of confidence as when you first started, as until you hear what the examiner has to say, you just can't be sure of the outcome of your actions. Stay relaxed, and keep up the good work!