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
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.
Common sense is key
Think outside the box
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
You can take a practice test on the gov.uk website
Make a presentation
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
Learn your stopping distances
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.
It’s worth remembering that different factors can increase stopping distances;
- 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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