Tips On How To Pass Your Driving Test – Learning How To Drive

Being able to pass your driving test and getting your full driving license is serious business to anyone learning to drive. It’s a huge step in the road to independence.

Those of you who follow me on socials may know that I recently passed my driving test. I know there are learner drivers out there who may not have it nailed down preparation wise when it comes to passing their test and therefore often struggle on the day of their test.

So I decided to pass on some driving experiences and give some tips.

Here’s quick-fire but bulletproof tips that’ll help you get on the road legally.

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Find a reliable driving school and instructor

This is a key foundation for learning how to drive. Period. Before starting driving lessons look at driving schools with good reviews. Then find an instructor from that school. Do they have a high pass rate? Are their personality compatible with yours? What kind of learning technique do they have? Are they strict or laidback?

These are questions that should be floating through your head when deciding on who to go with?

If all doesn’t go well then you can always change instructors or driving schools. I’ve had to go through three driving instructors and two driving schools before finding the one that helped me pass my test. If I knew what I’m telling you lot before booking lessons for the first time then I would’ve saved so much hassle, and it’ll save you the same hassle too if you’re doing your research and thinking beforehand.

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Take A Mock Driving Test

Do a mock test a week or two before the day of your actual driving test. Give you a better reading of what your weaknesses are and what you can expect from the real test itself. Iron out some of your mistakes. If you didn’t enough observations at a junction then practice looking left and right consistently, checking your mirrors also. If you got driving faults

I had only one mock test and my driving instructor spotted driving errors he probably even didn’t notice before. Therefore it’s crucial you request your instructor to do one with you.

Also, if you want to make sure I’d say take another mock test a day before the test or during the lesson on the day of your driving test. Ensures any driving faults you have is fresh in your head.

Practice outside of lessons

Get a family or who’s passed their test and experienced driving to go with you for a drive. Perhaps it can a trusted and honest friend. They can give you a 2nd opinion on your driving.

Not to say your 1/2 hour lessons with your instructor won’t be enough. That’s where you’ll be doing your most learning but it helps to be able to demonstrate what you’ve learnt without your instructor by your side all the time and to spend more time driving keeping yourself from going rusty.

Personally the more time in a car the better. You get used to how things are gonna be when you’re out driving for real: wayward drivers, dodgy roads, adjusting to different car settings etc.

Although my brother said that too much practice can be a detriment. As long as you’re not tiring yourself out and you’re maintaining the habits your professional instructor instilled in. you then there shouldn’t such a thing as having too much practice.

Revise test routes

This may not be possible depending on where you live and availability of them. But if you’ve booked your test you may want to get a better idea of the roads you’ll be driving beforehand.

Watch YouTube videos of drivers going down test routes on their test. See the hazards and tricky spots you’ll likely need to watch out off. Mind you roads are unpredictable so it doesn’t necessarily mean obstacles won’t crop up on certain roads and will on others. Hence why constant observations on point and scans the road in front of you is key.

I was extremely lucky with this and it all came together in an convenient way. My new job is based near some of the test routes from the driving centre I booked my 2nd test at. Therefore I had the luxury of being able to walk down those exact roads almost everyday and study the routes in person.

If you’re based in East London or Essex check out A Hoban’s channel for videos on the test routes some of the East London/Essex test centres:


A lot of people get nerves before the test. It’s common and a driving test isn’t anything as easy as knowing your ABCs as an adult.

If you make a mistake, don’t panic or look at the examiner’s sheet to see if they’ve noted it down. Dont get caught up thinking too much about the mistake. That’s when you can end up making more mistakes, perhaps your most fatal one. In fact, Acknowledge the mistake you’ve made and make an effort to show you’ve learned from it. If the examiner sees that and is understanding and kind enough then he or she may let you off.

You’re allowed up to 15 minor/driving faults on the test mind you so the test is actually designed to be generous in a way.

Also, get a good night’s sleep (8 hours is the optimal if you’re an adult). Take a bottle of water with you and drink some before your test to stay hydrated. Eat a meal with a lot of carbohydrates to get more energy for greater concentration. All of these seemingly small things make a difference trust me!

Final Word

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If you don’t happen to pass don’t put yourself down too much. It’s not always a guarantee people pass their test first time. Know that you’ll get another chance so take it as a learning experience. Use the feedback from examiners as a reference on where your driving needs to be. Next thing you know – your licence will go from green to purple real soon.

Are you learning to drive at the moment? Have you got a full license? If so how did you go about prepping for your driving test? Leave your thoughts in the comments below 🙂

Good luck!

Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures


Johnny is a 23-year old solo traveller and travel blogger with a craving to know the world better and make the small world bigger!


  1. February 24, 2019 / 6:36 pm

    Even though I have a licence, I still like reading about passing driving tests for some reason. Passing the driving test is such a huge relief! Great post with helpful tips. Choosing an affordable car is the next step for me now haha.

    • Johnny
      February 24, 2019 / 8:52 pm

      Same here! I’ve been watching a lot of videos of learner drivers driving. Congrats for passing for test too. I’m looking for insurance quotes for my car now. Sounds like we’re both in a similar place aren’t we 😂

  2. February 24, 2019 / 8:36 pm

    Listen!!!!! TEST ROUTES ARE A SAVIOUR!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I went through a test route the day before my exam and managed to pass. What I didn’t like is when I did my driving test, (I failed twice) it was because of mistakes I never did before (I won’t even say because it’s embarrassing) LOOL

    One tip also to others is to do two hour lessons, I noticed after an hour of driving I’d be fatigued and doing silly mistakes but those two hour lessons have given me the endurance to drive longer and safely too.

    Also, keep your driving test date on a need to know basis – the more people that know you’re doing it the more pressure there is!

    • Johnny
      February 24, 2019 / 8:55 pm

      Facts! Scream all those tips you’re giving louder bro, people need to hear it still!

      But yeah man I’m assuming nerves got the better of you during those tests?

      • February 24, 2019 / 9:01 pm

        Nerves got to me, driving with someone completely new and some examiners don’t even have a convo with you. It can be daunting but I also don’t want the option where my driver is with me coz that’s a lot of pressure loool
        There were times I’d do mistakes/faults and i’d tell the examiner what mistake I made looool

  3. February 25, 2019 / 10:35 am

    These tips are really useful. I have never thought about taking lessons or learning how to drive before, but recently I thought I might quite like a car… I have always been #BornToBeDriven but maybe that will change soon. Your tips are really useful 🙂

  4. February 25, 2019 / 11:35 am

    Ooo congrats on passing! And these are really good tips! Thankfully my driving instructor (there are 0 schools where I live) made sure I had mock tests etc.. You should mention ways to pass your driving theory test – because that can be just as hard!

    • Johnny
      February 26, 2019 / 9:58 pm

      Thank you Millie! Yeah you know what I may do a post on driving theory test actually – good shout.

    • Johnny
      February 26, 2019 / 10:02 pm

      Yeah mock tests are doable. Instructors should be alright doing one with you if you ask them. It may not be exactly like the actual driving test but enough to find out what you need to work on.

  5. February 26, 2019 / 7:31 pm

    Aww man this is total nostalgia lol I totes remember my first driving lesson and how scared I was cause I was learning manual/light goods as oppose to automatic. These are great tips Johnny and I believe one of the key things is too relax!! You need to stay calm and do your best. 🚗 💕

    xx Lena |

    • Johnny
      February 26, 2019 / 10:05 pm

      😂😂 Wow it’s always great when you look and see how far you’ve come behind the wheel. Yeah just make sure you’re not distressed, I feel like a bit of stress is good as it shows you want to do well but it’s important to remember not to let stress get the better of you as it’s not the end of the world if you don’t pass

  6. Johnny
    February 26, 2019 / 10:00 pm

    Yeah mock tests are doable, instructors should be alright to do one with you if you ask them. It may not be exactly like the actual driving test but enough to find out what you need to work on.

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