Having a drivers’ licence is useful for many reasons. Yes, you might be able to get away with using public transport if you live in a city, but most of the time going by car is by far the easiest (and quickest) way of getting from A to B. However, despite the benefits, passing a practical driving test is not that easy.
Many people book their theory test at www.toptests.co.uk/ and assume that they will fly through the practical test, but end up failing numerous times because of nerves. The trouble is a practical driving test is exactly what it is designed to be: a rigorous test of your ability to control a motor vehicle safely. So if you have a driving test booked and you would like to pass first time, here are some tips to maximise your chances of success.
Practice makes Perfect
On average, learner drivers need around 45 hours of professional driving tuition, but don’t forget that practicing in your own time with a patient friend or relative will also come in pretty handy. The more you practice, the easier it will be on test day, so bear this in mind.
Everyone is nervous when taking their driving test. Examiners expect this and take it into account, but try not to heap lots of pressure on yourself before the big day. Take lots of deep breaths, count to ten slowly, and remember that passing the test would be great but failure is not the end of the world.
Use the Right Car
It is important to take your driving test in a vehicle you are familiar with. In most cases this will be the instructor’s car, but if you are using a different vehicle, make sure you are familiar with the controls and how the car handles, or you will end up stalling it every five minutes and losing your nerve in the process.
Preparation is important. Practice the test route so you are aware of any obstacles, difficult junctions and roadworks in the area. That way you won’t have any nasty surprises on the day.
A failure to check mirrors is a common reason why otherwise competent learner drivers fail their test. The examiner will be watching to see whether you do this before, during and after any manoeuvre, so exaggerate the movement to be sure they notice.
Ignore the Examiner
Not literally, of course. Try not to keep looking at what the examiner is doing. Instead, keep your eyes on the road ahead and concentrate on your driving.
A positive frame of mind will take you a long way. Instead of dwelling on every little mistake you ever made whilst behind the wheel, spend some visualising yourself driving perfectly along the test route. The mind is a powerful tool, so use it!
Follow the tips above and you stand a good chance of passing your test first time. Good luck!