How To Prepare For A Practical Driving Test

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How To Prepare For A Practical Driving Test

How To Prepare For A Practical Driving Test

Are you preparing to take your practical driving test? Are you worried about your chances of passing or failing it?

Despite the changes made to the driving test in 2017, pass rates have remained steady. 45% of drivers will pass their test the first time—and you can too!

All you need to succeed (besides plenty of practice) is some practical driving test tips.

In this post, we’ll reveal 5 tips your driving instructor wants you to know. Read on to learn how to feel more confident on test day.

1. Establish Your Readiness

You likely have lots of family and friends who are rooting for your success. Better yet, you’ve been taking driving lessons too and your instructor thinks you’re ready for the test.

The question is: Do YOU feel like you’re physically and mentally ready? It’s normal to feel nervous, but it’s a waste of time and money to sign up for the test before you’re 100% prepared.

Ask your instructor for his professional opinion. If you feel ready but he says you aren’t, seek a second opinion. If he says you’re ready, there’s no reason you shouldn’t feel confident on test day.

2. Consider Your Examiner

Your examiner is not there to intimidate you. Chances are he’ll be friendly and welcoming (and wants you to pass your exam just as much as you do).

Put yourself in his shoes. Would you want your student to take you for a roller coaster ride? Or would you be happiest with a smooth, safe driving experience?

Imagine that you’re a chauffeur and your examiner is an important client. You want him to feel comfortable with your driving, but you also want to get him to his destination as safely and efficiently as possible.

3. Focus on the Basics

It’s easy to fret about the details during your driving test. Keep in mind the fundamentals of good driving:

  • Good lane discipline
  • Ability to judge traffic
  • Forward planning and timed approaches
  • Maintaining a safe distance from the car ahead of you

Think about this: Would the examiner prefer you to check your mirrors every 4 seconds or rear-end the car in front of you?

4. Don’t Stress About Mistakes

Aim for perfection during your driving test, but don’t panic if you make a mistake.

As quickly as possible, put the mistake behind you. Tell yourself “No more mistakes” and stay focused on your next task.

A small mistake on an otherwise good drive doesn’t automatically mean you’ll fail. Your examiner may just record it as a minor fault.

5. Expect the Examiner to Write

During your test drive, your examiner will make notes on his board.

He may do so after each element of the test or every time you come to a stop. Or he may wait until the very end of the test. However he chooses to make notes, don’t worry—it’s normal!

Examiners have to mark down when you pass each required element, so don’t assume the worst. You’re probably doing a lot better than you give yourself credit for.

Ready to Ace Your Practical Driving Test?

Passing your practical driving test is a rite of passage. Preparing for it can be nerve-wracking, but there’s no reason why you can’t succeed.

When the big day arrives, refer back to this list of tips. That way you’ll ensure you’re as prepared as possible to pass your driving test—the first time.

What else could help you feel more confident on test day? Have you considered the advantages of professional driving lessons to help you prepare?

Click here to learn what to expect during your first driving lesson.

Olie Smith
Olie Smith
Olie Smith is a DSA Fully Approved Driving instructor with years of professional experience in driver training. Oliver set up Totally Driving to give a more bespoke, personal feel to driving lessons.

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