Tips for passing your driving test
You've learnt your road signs, nailed your maneuverers and finally established the accelerator is NOT the same as the brake pedal! Sounds like you're soon going to be ready for your driving test! We’ve put together a handy list of tips, for getting ready and finally passing your driving test!
If you're still "getting to grips" with the road and not started your lessons yet, don't worry! These tips are designed for you as well! The test will be here soon enough for us all!
1. Don't just go for the best looking teacher
Before starting your driving lessons, finding the right instructor is key. Look for someone qualified, experienced and knowledgeable, someone who motivates and makes you feel comfortable! It may be worth checking out recommendations from friends and family.
2. Get that theory test under your belt!
Revise, revise, and revise! Treat the Highway Code as your bible and come to terms with what's classed as a hazard! Once you’ve passed your theory test, you’ve got 2 years to pass your practical, plenty of time!
3. Try and get an idea of the routes you could be tested on
Try and get to know the routes you could be taking when the day of your practical test comes around. The driving test changes have also brought new driving routes, so you may not know exactly where you’ll be going (who knows what the examiner will key into that pesky little sat nav) but try and find out as much as you can before the big day!
4. Stay away from drugs!
And if you're on medication or tablets - check out the directions and side effects as it could affect your concentration and driving. It's probably best to postpone your lessons or test until after you've finished the medication. After all, you don't want to be drooling all over your instructor's steering wheel when he's trying to teach you how to parallel park!
5. It's not a race
The Taj Mahal wasn't built in a day! Learning to drive takes patience and time! Plan your lessons in moderation so you can digest what you've learnt in the lead up to your next one. It may take some longer than others but don’t worry, you’ll be out on the open road before you know it!
6. Don't dress to impress
Choose flat shoes and suitable attire that's not going to make you feel hot or flustered, or imminently leave you sat there shivering because your hands are too cold to put the car in gear! Your 7-inch heels probably ought to be kept for a Friday night out...
7. Calm the truck down!
You'll probably be quite nervous on test day! Find therapeutic things to do the night before such as reading, yoga or chilling with friends rather than anything stressful like studying! You don’t need any more stress on your plate!
8. Don't worry - you're not going to die
Stay positive! You can always take your test again if you fail - remember the majority of people don't pass the first time! Think of it as an experience and an opportunity to improve on the parts of the test that stopped you from passing.
9. Avoid booking lessons at stupid times
If you’re not an early bird, it’s probably not the best idea to book your lessons or your test first thing in the morning! Book them at a time when you're going to feel fresh and focused!
10. You don't really learn to drive until you've passed
As with anything, practice makes perfect and this is why you should take your lessons seriously, take as much from them as possible and continue to develop them long after you get that magic pass.