Tips to passing your driving test

PREPERATION

Be prepared for your test. Ensure you know what the practical driving test consists of. Be confident with all of the manoeuvres that you can be asked to perform throughout your assessment. Be sure that you have been through and understand all of the different traffic situations that you will be assessed on in your test. Learners Driver Training provide this in our Prep and Tests and test preparation lessons. Allow enough time so that your instructor can take you through all of this in the area that you will be performing your test.

1. RELAX

Don’t put pressure on yourself. Don’t organise to do things after your test because you will have your Ps.

Parents can be to blame for this ie “We shall meet you at the test centre after your test with your car so that you can drive it home”

Don’t organise to drive all your friends to Byron on the weekend because you will have your Ps…Get your licence first…

2. FAMILIARISE

Be familiar with the area that you will be doing your test. Be familiar with the car that you will be doing your test in . Each test centre has their own difficult situations. Don’t let the first time you go through them be in your practical driving test.

3. TAKE YOUR TIME

There is no rush… Take your time and get it right. . To many times people try and take gaps in the traffic when they shouldn’t. The difference between waiting an extra couple of seconds at a roundabout or an intersection is usually the difference between a pass or a fail.

There is no time limit on any of your manoeuvres. Slow your thinking down and do it methodically.

4. LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE

Don’t try and pull in front of a car because you think you need to take the gap without looking to see what’s behind that car… At roundabouts, look behind the car that’s on your right , turning left ,before you try and turn… In merge lanes, look behind the car that you think you need to merge in front of.

5. REMEMBER YOUR GOAL

Lets be real. Come test time, you only have one goal…PASS. Forget about trying to be the worlds best reverse parallel parker and focus more on judging the traffic correctly and avoiding any critical driving errors. It would be great to be perfect but its much better to pass then be nearly perfect except for one critical driving error. Do what you need to do to pass. If you’ve done the practice and been taught the correct technique you shouldn’t have to think about it too much. It should feel as though you are just going through the motions.

FINAL THOUGHTS

It is much easier and less expensive to put in the practice and get it right the first time. Students whom fail they’re first driving test tend to fail 3 or 4 . The nerves are bad enough on the first attempt. On the second attempt, after a bad experience and outcome on the first attempt they are worse again and so on it goes… We often see the opposite of the mistakes of the first test. If a student is unsuccessful for exceeding the speed limit in there first test. It’s likely that they will be marked for driving too slow in their next test. If they were unsuccessful for failing to give way at a roundabout its likely that they will gain marks for stopping unnecessarily at roundabouts in there next test.

The “traffic gods” play a big part in the outcome of practical driving tests.