How To Prepare For A Practical Driving Test

Published by Paul Loader ADI on 22/04/2022
driving test in progress

Are you preparing to take your practical driving test? Are you worried about your chances of passing or failing it?

Despite the changes made to the driving test in 2020, pass rates have remained steady. 52% of drivers will pass their test the first time—and you can too!

In order to succeed it is always a good idea to get professional driving lessons with a good driving instructor. besides plenty of practice if possible, here are some practical driving test tips.

In this post, I will reveal 5 tips that you should know. Read on to learn how to feel more confident on test day.

1. Establish Your Readiness

You likely have lots of family and friends who are rooting for your success. Better yet, you’ve been taking automatic driving lessons too and I have suggested that you’re ready for the test.

The question is: Do YOU feel like you’re physically and mentally ready? It’s normal to feel nervous, but it’s a waste of time and money to sign up for the test before you’re 100% prepared.

I will always give my students my professional opinion. If you feel ready but I suggest you are or are not you can always, seek a second opinion. As an instructor, I do not allow students to use my car for the driving test unless we can all agree that someone is ready for the test. However, there have also been times when a student does not really want to take the test, but has gone ahead and ‘given it a go’ and passed the first time. 

2. Consider Your Examiner

Your examiner is not there to intimidate you. Chances are they will always be friendly and welcoming (and wants you to pass your exam just as much as you do).

Put yourself in their shoes. Would you want your student to take you for a roller coaster ride? Or would you be happiest with a smooth, safe driving experience?

Imagine that you’re a chauffeur and your examiner is an important client. You want them to feel comfortable with your driving, but you also want to get them to their destination as safely and efficiently as possible.

3. Focus on the Basics

It’s easy to fret about the details during your driving test. Keep in mind the fundamentals of good driving:

  • Good lane discipline
  • Ability to judge traffic
  • Forward planning and timed approaches
  • Maintaining a safe distance from the car ahead of you

Think about this: Would the examiner prefer you to check your mirrors every 4 seconds or rear-end the car in front of you?

4. Don’t Stress About Mistakes

Aim for perfection during your driving test, but don’t panic if you make a mistake.

As quickly as possible, put the mistake behind you. Tell yourself “No more mistakes” and stay focused on your next task.

A small mistake on an otherwise good drive doesn’t automatically mean you’ll fail. Your examiner may just record it as a minor fault.

5. Expect the Examiner to Write

During your test drive, your examiner will make notes on their paperwork or iPad in these modern times.

They may do so after each element of the test or every time you come to a stop. Or they may wait until the very end of the test. However they choose to make notes, don’t worry—it’s normal!

Examiners have to mark down when you pass each required element, so don’t assume the worst. You’re probably doing a lot better than you give yourself credit for.

Ready to Ace Your Practical Driving Test?

Passing your practical driving test is a rite of passage. Preparing for it can be nerve-wracking, but there’s no reason why you can’t succeed.

When the big day arrives, refer back to this list of tips. That way you’ll ensure you’re as prepared as possible to pass your driving test—the first time.

What else could help you feel more confident on test day? Have you considered the advantages of professional driving lessons to help you prepare? If not why not? If you are interested please visit my main website to take a look at the automatic driving lessons I offer. 

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