Although the theory side of your driving test can seem daunting you have nothing to fear as long you revise thoroughly and apply common sense. Remember, the theory test isn’t designed to trick you or catch you out but to ensure that you’re safe on the roads.
Top tips for passing your theory test first time
Common sense is key
A lot of theory test questions seem to have two right answers but only one point available. When confronted with a question like this calmly think through what you would be most likely to do in the situation. If there are seemingly two right answers and it’s not clear which to plump for consider which would be the safest option to choose. More often than not that will be the right one.
Think outside the box
A lot of questions will seem straightforward if you apply the rules of the road in black and white. But life isn’t a simple set of yes and no questions, and nor is the theory test. For example:
If you’re travelling downhill with lorries coming uphill and there’s a parked car on the opposite side of the road the law would say that, because an obstruction is on their side, it’s your right of way and you can pass through.
However, if there are lorries coming uphill then it’s safer to slow down and let them pass in case they’re unable to regain the uphill momentum should they have to let you through.
That’s just one example of how thinking outside the box is often safer than applying the rules by the book.
Take practice tests online
Nothing can quite prepare you like taking practice tests online. You’ll probably get some questions wrong initially and it’s these questions you should focus on. If you’re stumped by a question in a practice test then at least you’ve identified a gap in your knowledge – it’s your job to ensure you won’t be if you face it in the real test.
You can take a practice test on the gov.uk website
Make a presentation
If you spend a lot of time reading in preparation for your test your brain can become tired, causing you to forget things you’ve learned. We generally remember 10% of what we read, but an impressive 70% of what we say.
With that in mind, it’s a good idea to write out questions and answers and present them to a friend or family member, maybe as a slideshow on your computer. Present them as if you were in a meeting and you’re the expert on the rules of the road. You’ll be surprised at how much easier it is to remember the facts.
Ask a friend to test you
Much the same as doing a presentation to showcase how well you know the rules of the road, asking a friend or family member to ask you questions is another good method of learning and will help to keep your mind fresh.
Learn Your Stopping Distances
Many people are caught out in their test by thinking that braking distance is the same as overall stopping distance. It’s a good idea to have this clear in your mind before taking the theory test.
The thinking distance is the distance travelled in between the driver realising that he or she needs to brake and actually braking. During this time the car carries on moving.
The braking distance is the distance taken to stop once the brakes are applied.
- Tiredness, alcohol, drugs and other distractions
- Poor road conditions (icy, wet)
- Greater speed
- Car conditions such as poor brakes, bald tyres and a car full of people
We hope that the above tips will help you to prepare and pass your test. We wish you lots of luck… not that we think you will need it!
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