Pressure of driving tests is hardly relieved by pessimistic statistics floating around the web. But you needn’t panic; the potential results overshadow any pre-test fears besides even seasoned motorists recall less than fond memories of pressure and uncertainty. Who knows someday you could become a courier!
- Plan ahead- If you have any sight problems that could affect your performance on the roads you should inform the DVA (Letting drivers & Vehicle agency). If you haven’t had an eye test for a few years its best to book one before you set a test date, regardless of your test history. It may sound like common sense but it is far from frivolous, seeing clearly is just as important as understanding theory. During your lesson one of the first things your instructor will ask of you is to read a license plate. If you are not able to do this an automatic fail is on the horizon.
- Learn as you go– before you can think about your practical test you must pass your theory test. Which will be divided into two main parts: hazard perception and a multiple-choice section. It is highly recommended that you develop a strong understanding of the Highway Code. This covers the dos and don’ts of all things motoring. Packed with information on signs and crossing and even motoring penalties, it will come in handy during both the theory and the hazard perception test. There is a selection of questions within the theory section; a few of which will draw a focus on the maintenance and safety of your car. Alternatively, during the hazard perception test you’re shown a number of road scenes with at least one hazard. Vigilance is pivotal, the quicker you notice the hazard the better your total score will be.
- Coming to grips with your vehicle- becoming familiar with the car you will probably be using in your daily routine is a must. Your performance is bound to be effected otherwise. Not only will it affect your comfort driving in the car, there is a handful of question throughout your theory test relating to maintenance. Before the test even starts the instructor will give your car a once over to check that it is road worthy. A common reason that delays’ getting your hands on a pass is unhealthy sounds spouting from a defective engine. Make adjustments to your vehicle such as the seating and windscreen wipers your instructor will be watching out for this.
- Conquering manoeuvres – parallel parking, roundabouts and reversing can be tough for learner drivers but avoiding them is only unconstructive. Practice your weakest manoeuvres that way you have a greater chance of passing on the big day. Go for a trial run with an experienced driver and that way you can also seek some advice.
- Taking a wrong turn– You’re not being tested on your navigational skills; place your attention on showcasing knowledge of signs and attention to surroundings. Locations will not forever be set. Your driving instructor should propose a variety of routes so that you can get used to variety locations and road traffic conditions to determine if this affects your driving ability.
- Setbacks and perseverance – Choose a course that fits you how you learn whether that be a regular course or a more intensive short course. If you don’t succeed the first time, try again. You will be driving for your entire life and therefore it is better to be fully comfortable with it before jumping behind the wheel.
It will all come down to two outcomes, a pass or fail. But keep in mind that examiners are not trying to catch you out. If your instructor has noticed 15 errors or one major mistake more you’re not ready to hit the roads just yet. If you fail, learning from mistakes is often the best way to better your performance the next time. If you pass you’ll be able to switch your provisional license to a permanent one, many instructors will be happy to keep helping you on the roads even after you pass.
Another option that will further improve your motoring skills is the Pass Plus test; which you can complete at any point during your driving course but it is recommended that you take it afterwards. This is intensive course is designed to help to build on driving on dual carriages, towns, in the countryside and driving at night. Although variable across conflicting companies, the data received from these tests can help towards lowering insurance premiums.