I’ve recently passed my driving test and would like to pass on some useful tips, I found very helpful that gave me the tools to drive confidently and safely.
This wasn’t my first attempt, I was unsuccessful a couple of years ago and have kept putting it off ever since.
However, I decided that 2020 was the year I was going to pass the driving test and with a bit of luck and a lot of practice, I did it.
So without further ado, here are my 5 tips for passing the driving test and becoming a more confident driver.
Rules of the Road
It’s important to know the rules of the road as the tester will ask you a number of random questions beforehand. You will be shown a page of road signs and asked to identify each one correctly. Here is an example of some questions and road signs I was asked on the day.
- Yellow box junction
”The main rule applying is that you must not enter the box junction unless you can clear it without stopping. The exception to this rule is that you may enter the box and stop in it, intending to turn right and are prevented from doing so by oncoming traffic”
- With flow bus lane
Only buses, taxis and cyclists may use the bus lane during the stated operational hours.
It’s important to make sure all your documents are up to date.
- L Driver Plates shown both on front and back of car window.
- Learner permit driver licence is valid.
- Motor tax, Car insurance and NCT discs are displayed and up to date.
- Break Lights and indicator lights are in working order.
- Inspect under the bonnet, engine oil, water and dipstick.
- Make sure to bring someone who has a full driver licence.
- Arrive early to give yourself time to use the toilet and to relax before the test.
Taking the driving test can be stressful but it so important to not let your nerves get the better of you. If you think you have made a mistake during the test keep calm and carry on.
My best advice would be to drive normal as if you would any other day.
If you need the tester to repeat the question don’t be afraid to ask.
There are so many things to remember when driving and observation is a big reason a lot of people fail. I found these driving test videos excellent for helping me understand the rule when driving.
This is not an add or collaboration. I came across Dane’s YouTube Chanel when researching for tips and found the videos great and wanted to pass on to you our readers.
Practice makes perfect
Practice driving as much as possible and work on any manoeuvres you feel need to be improved.
For example, for me it was the reverse around the corner and changing lanes in traffic I found challenging and needed to improve on the most.
Find an approved driving instructor details can be found here.
The instructor will help do practice driving routes and give you mock tests to prepare you for your test.
Quick Checklist to remember
- Know your theory
- Be prepared
- Practice the routes
- Work with your instructor
- Stay calm
If you’re not successful on your first attempt don’t let it knock your confidence.
Rebook the test straight away and improve on the areas your tester marked you on.