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.
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.
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!
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 🙂
Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures