8 Driving Test Tips to help you pass first time!
8 Driving Test Tips
Don’t forget to bring your driving licence
It can easily happen, you get distracted before leaving for your driving test. You put your driving licence down and forget to put it back on your person. Ensure you bring all the documents required and check them before you leave your property. The driving test will not go ahead if you forget your Driving licence. From my experience examiners will still take you out on test if you don’t bring your theory test certificate. If you can find your theory test certificate then bring it to your test. If you are taking your own car to test find out what you must do here!
Create lesson goals for each driving lesson
This will give you a target to aim for and make you try that little bit harder on your driving lesson. Once you have reached your lesson goal, change it to meet another personal target.
Ask questions on your driving lessons
Make sure you understand the explanation to your questions. If not ask your instructor to explain it using diagrams or images. It’s important you fully understand feedback from your questions, if not your decision making will become indecisive.
Become reliant on using mirrors. Don’t check just for the sake of the examiner. Train yourself to understand what you are actually looking at and for. The centre mirror is the easiest out of the mirrors to use so start with this one and work in the exterior mirrors throughout your lessons. If you are proficient with mirror use you will have a better understanding of your surroundings which will lead to better decision making. Check out our link to see the driving test report sheet explained.
This is probably the reason most learner drivers fail their driving test. Clearance means being too close when passing vehicles. Try and get the best technique which works for you. Understand your safe passing distances. Try not to overly focus on the approaching traffic. Get more information here on what to do when you encounter parked vehicles on side streets.
Right turns at traffic light controlled junctions
Again this is another top reason why learner drivers fail their driving test. Right turns can confuse drivers quite easily. What to do on the approach when the filter light goes out? Should I wait in the junction? Make sure before your driving test you practice plenty of different types of yellow box controlled junctions. Check out this link for more information.
Mini roundabouts look easy but many learner drivers travel too fast on the approach and brake sharply. It’s very important to reduce your speed well before this type of junction. This will give you the time to access the risk properly. Take a look at how to approach and understand priorities at mini-roundabouts.
Large roundabouts can cause lots of stress for learner drivers. One of the reasons for this is a lack of understanding of how to navigate when reading the traffic sign on the approach. Speed is also a major factor, getting down to a speed at which you feel comfortable is the best way to approach this junction or any hazard. If you leave your braking too late you will have little time to risk access or understand priorities. Check out this link for more information.