It can be quite nerve racking preparing for a driving test, so it’s important that you take some time to practice. Here are a few tips that will help you ace the driving test.
Pack in as much experience as possible
As well as a driving instructor, get someone you know who drives that can sit in the passenger seat while you drive. Make sure they’re a patient person as sometimes being taught by close family can be a disaster!
Drive the roads around your test centre
Your driving instructor will know roughly the routes that the driving examiners at your local driving test centre use. Get them to take you around the area as much as possible and find awkward roads and junctions. This way you can avoid failing your test because you weren’t used to the road layout or markings.
Go back over your driving theory
Even though you have to pass the theory test before taking the practical exam, the theory still applies to daily driving and you’ll need to know what all the signs mean to be able to read the road correctly and show the test examiner that you are able to drive. Read through the most important parts of the highway code and get to know it well. Please visit top tests.co.uk for more help.
Understand how your vehicle works
Go over the vehicle you’re going to use for the test and get used to all of the controls. Look under the bonnet and get your driving instructor to explain what everything does. You’ll be asked to explain various workings of the car in the test.
During the test don’t be afraid to ask the examiner if you don’t understand
The test examiner will direct you during the test and ask you to perform certain manoeuvres. If you don’t listen or can’t hear them properly there’s a chance you could fail the test. Ask them to repeat themselves if you missed what they said or don’t understand.
Drive in as many conditions as you can
You have no control over the road and weather conditions on test day. During your practice time try and go out in as many different weather conditions as possible. You want to be prepared for anything the weather throws at you on the day. This will help you remain relaxed and calm should there be adverse weather on test day.
Sometimes when you make a mistake it can be very frustrating, especially when you know you’re being tested. The important thing to remember is that you can’t correct the mistake once it happens, so try to let it go (easier said than done I know). If you focus on the mistakes, chances are you’ll make another mistake and could fail the test. You do get a few chances during the test, you don’t have to pass with 100% so relax, take a breath and focus on the next maneuver.