How to pass your driving test: preparing for the practical

So, you’ve passed your theory test and have been flying in your lessons. Your instructor says it’s time to book your practical test. You’ll want to know how to pass your driving test.

There are no guarantees, but you shouldn’t go far wrong if you follow these tips…

Have a positive attitude

Your instructor wouldn’t encourage you to take the test if you weren’t ready, so believe in yourself without assuming a pass is a done deal.

Give yourself plenty of time

Allow plenty of time to reach the test centre. Your stress levels will go through the roof if you are running late.

Take your provisional licence with you

How hard would you kick yourself if you turned up without your provisional licence? Don’t forget you’ll need your theory test pass certificate too.

Make sure you can drive comfortably

Wear clothes you feel comfortable in, and shoes that make it easy for you to operate the pedals safely.

Remember what you have learned

You and your instructor have been working hard for months. You’ve proven to the instructor that you can drive safely, so you are capable of passing. If you weren’t, they wouldn’t have encouraged you to book your test. Showing the examiner everything you have learned is how to pass your driving test.

Stay calm

If you make a mistake, don’t panic. Put it behind you and concentrate on what you are going to do next. Stay in the moment, and the big picture will take care of itself.

Be willing to learn

Just over half of practical tests end with a thumbs down from the examiner. Don’t be surprised if this happens to you, even if you’ve been on top form in your lessons. You’ll be told why you have failed at the end of the test so you can correct what went wrong next time.

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