How to Pass Your Driving Test – Top Tips

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driving testLearning how to drive can be nerve wracking when you start out, but even the most confident learner drivers can find themselves dreading their test.

Don’t be tempted to put off your test date, follow these tips to help you pass with flying colours.

Find a Good Instructor

You can ask for an assessment session or just book a single session to start off with.  You should find it easy to communicate with and understand your instructor.  They should also be patient, knowledgeable and supportive.

Learn the Test Routes

Unfortunately, the DSA don’t publish their official test routes anymore, but your driving instructor will probably have a good idea of the most common routes for the test centres in your area.  It makes sense to drive these routes regularly whilst you’re still learning.  Familiarising yourself with road markings, signage and speed limits can really take the pressure off during your test.

Practice Makes Perfect!

Repeat your manoeuvres over and over again until they feel natural and easy.

Revise Your Theory

Brush up on your theory test revision notes, just to make doubly sure you interpret road signs and markings correctly when you’re out on the road during your test.

Get to Know the Car

If at all possible, familiarise yourself with the car you’ll be taking your test in.  Reversing around a corner, judging parking spaces and three point turns can feel like a very different experience from one car to the next.  If you can get used to making judgements and manoeuvring in the car you’ll take your test in, you’ll find it much easier on the day.

Revise the “show me, tell me” questions.  Although it will only count as a minor if you fail to identify a part of your vehicle correctly when the examiner asks you, you still don’t know how the rest of your test is going to pan out.  It’s best to avoid unnecessary deductions before your test has even begun.

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Prepare Carefully

Prepare well the night before the test.  If you have any night-before-the-exam rituals that you follow before written exams, they’re just as applicable for your driving test.  Make sure you get plenty of sleep.  Eat a good breakfast and leave yourself plenty of time to get ready and browse your revision notes if you wish.  If you notice you’re feeling tense you could try sipping chamomile tea to calm your nerves.

Stay Calm

Don’t lose your cool during the test.  It’s up to your examiner to judge your test performance.  You might think that you’ve made a serious mistake, but your examiner might not see it that way.  However, this works both ways.  Don’t be complacent because you feel everything’s going well.  Stay relaxed but focused and you’re unlikely to make too many errors.

It doesn’t matter if you don’t pass the first time; many people don’t.  The key is to prepare thoroughly and relax during your test and you’ll find yourself the proud owner of a driving license in no time!

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