Your driving test is often something that is built up for quite a long time, and a lot of people find the whole thing to be extremely daunting. With driving tests, it’s more about your individual approach, and how you make sure that you’re ready for it.
We’ve come up with a few tips that we think could really help you to prepare for your driving test!
Now this is arguably THE most important thing to do when your driving test is approaching. Whether you extra practice in the form of a few extra lessons here and there, or by practicing with family members. It is possible to be put onto someone else’s insurance so that you can practice in your car, and it’s very affordable.
By doing this, it means you can do some extra driving outside of lesson time and get as much practice in as possible. As a result, this will increase your experience, knowledge and confidence, and allow you to work on any areas that you perhaps feel are a bit weaker than others.
When it comes to your driving test, confidence is key. You have to be at a point in your lessons where you feel confident in your driving and are making minimal mistakes. Otherwise, it’s likely that you aren’t quite ready to take your test. There will always be things you’re a little better at than others, but it’s important to be ready to face anything thrown at you on the day of your driving test.
This is something that a lot of people struggle with. It’s so easy to stress yourself out and feel the pressure, but really, there’s no need! One tip that can help with this, is to not go around telling everyone that you have your test coming up as this adds pressure to yourself and makes you feel as though you have to pass or you’ll be embarrassed in front of your friends and family. However, no one has to know – keep it to yourself!
The highway code is there to help you, especially in the lead up to your driving test. This could help if you become stuck in a foreign situation that you’re unsure how to deal with – if you read the highway code, it covers all bases and explains the safest and correct thing to do in certain situations.
At the end of the day, it’s just a driving test! If you fail, it’s not the end of the world because you can always do it again. Of course it’s natural to have nerves, but these can so easily get the better of you, which could ultimately determine the outcome on the day. Go into your driving test with a calm and clear mind. If you’ve gotten this far, your instructor knows that you’re ready and you just need to believe that you are too.
There’s no point wasting time on the things you’re 100% confident with – work on the things you’re not as comfortable with and get those things up to a standard where, if it was given to you in the test, you’d be able to carry it out confidently. For example, if you’re great at parallel parking but not so much with emergency stops, use the time leading up to your test to focus on that in particular. This will stop you spending your whole test worrying in case you’re asked to do it!
Every test is different. Examiners use lots of different routes and there’s no guarantee where yours could be. The best way to prepare for this is to make sure you’ve had enough practice in all the areas that you could be taken to so that you’d know how to cope in those situations.