Tips to pass your driving test first time

Whether you are 17 or 70, your driving test can be a little daunting. Being fully prepared, though, can ensure that you don't spend a small fortune on retaking your test time and time again - which is why we've put together a list of tips to help you pass first time.

Whether you are 17 or 70, your driving test can be a little daunting. Being fully prepared, though, can ensure that you don't spend a small fortune on retaking your test time and time again - which is why we've put together a list of tips to help you pass first time.

 

1. Use a qualified driving instructor

It may be tempting to learn to drive from a friend or a family member to keep costs down, but you may also be picking up their bad habits and failing to fully grasp the basics.

 

2. Get to know the area where your test will take place

If you've already driven in the area, you'll be more likely to know the road layouts, the lane markings, the traffic signals, the speed limits and other elements that will help you drive with confidence on the day of your test. If you don't know the area, aim to turn up an hour early on the day so that you can have a good look around.

 

3. Ask your instructor for a practice test

So that you know what to expect on the day, organise a practice test with your driving instructor, where you drive under marked test conditions and have to complete all elements of the test. This will provide you with knowledge of what to expect, and will allow you to pick up on any areas of weakness in advance.

 

4. Make sure you are ready

You may find that some driving instructors try to rush you into taking your test - don't feel pressured to do so if you do not think that you have the right level of experience to pass. If there is anything in particular that you're not confident about, ask if you can practice these elements more to ensure that you are as prepared as possible on the day.

 

5. Sleep well and eat right

A good night's sleep the night before will not only leave you feeling refreshed, but will also ensure that your reaction times are as fast as possible during your test. Similarly, what you eat before the test may also have an impact on your performance: a carbohydrate-heavy meal, for example, will leave you feeling heavy and sluggish. Try eating a protein-packed pre-test meal to help you feel more alert.

 

6. Dress comfortably

It doesn't matter what you look like when you turn up for your test, as long as you're wearing clothes you are comfortable in when driving. High heeled shoes and flip-flops are a no-no, and bulky and heavy clothes (such as coats and jumpers) should be removed before you begin.

 

7. Relax

It may not be the easiest thing to do under test conditions, but try and enjoy the experience. Excessive nerves may negatively affect your performance. Even if you make a mistake, take a deep breath and carry on - the test isn't over until the examiner says so, and you may still pass.