Pass Your Driving Test
In this guide, we will show you some tips and techniques to help you pass your driving test first time! A first time pass is possible for everyone, however, following these guidelines may not guarantee you that pass.
Be consistent with your driving lessons
Wherever possible, take regular weekly driving lessons. Generally, booking your driving lessons in the same time slot every week leads to even more consistency for both you and your driving instructor.
Try to commit to two-hour driving lessons. You can learn three times as much in a two-hour driving lesson compared to one hour. Here’s how it works;
depending on where you live, you may spend up to fifteen minutes driving to a location to focus on your goal for that driving lesson, plus fifteen minutes to drive home again
that means in a one-hour driving lesson, you may only have thirty minutes of concentrated tuition on a particular topic
however, in a two-hour lesson, you will have an hour and thirty minutes of concentrated tuition on a particular topic
Taking two-hour driving lessons will greatly reduce the time it takes to pass your driving test.
Be prepared for your driving lessons
It’s your driving lesson – make the most of it!
Being in the right frame of mind will give you the best value for your money. Spending a few minutes thinking about your last driving lesson just prior your driving instructor arriving will help to give you the right frame of mind and make sure that you are focused on the lesson ahead.
Staying up half the night before or overindulging is probably not going to give you your best learning experience!! Also, actually being conscious is definitely a major plus!!
Recap of your previous driving lesson
Ideally, your driving lesson should start with a recap of your previous lesson. Better trained driving instructors will be utilising client-centred learning and will have an interactive discussion with you to recap on your previous driving lesson, your frame of mind and discuss what topics you would like to cover on today’s lesson.
Your driving instructor should be asking you relevant questions to confirm your understanding of the previous topic and to test your knowledge for today’s subject. Don’t feel nervous about this, your driving instructor will use this information to help you and make the driving lesson more fluent. Your practical driving will be far less effective if you do not have a good understanding of the theory and mistakes can be made through lack of knowledge.
The lesson goal
This is probably one of the more important aspects of your driving lesson. Having a clear understanding of your goal for that lesson will greatly improve your enjoyment of that lesson, but also, it will reduce the amount of time it takes to pass your driving test. Your driving instructor should have an interactive discussion with you to establish your goal for that driving lessons. Just driving aimlessly around is a waste of your time and hard earned money and will greatly increase the time it takes to pass your driving test.
The lesson structure
Your driving lessons should follow a structured path from very easy at the beginning and then increase in complexity as you progress. Your driving instructor should be encouraging you to develop by asking you relevant questions to check your understanding. This is a very important procedure as responsibility is gradually transferred to you.
Generally speaking driving lessons will have;
a talk through stage to ensure you are completing the objectives correctly with your driving instructor talking you through each element required
the next stage will be prompted questions where your driving instructor will ask you in advance what are you going to do BEFORE you do it to so correction can take place if required. This is an important stage as you will now be taking some responsibility for your actions and control
the final stage is normally independent practice, this is where your driving instructor will keep quiet (yeah!!) and let you drive unaided and practice what you have learnt. Your driving instructor will be ready to intervene if required, so dont worry you are not on your own!
Summary of your driving lesson
What you discuss at the end of your lesson, will compound the retention of that newly gained knowledge and understanding.
Thing back to the goal that was agreed at the beginning of your driving lesson and discuss what actions were taken and whether progress was made. This is a great opportunity to evaluate your driving lesson and decide if your goal was achieved.
Goals are not always achieved in full but what is very important at this stage is that you understand why! Any misunderstanding or further practice can be carried forward to the next driving lesson as failure to do this will lead to frustration and a lack of confidence.
Be consistent with your driving
Be honest with yourself! Are you still making mistakes during your driving lessons?
Many students fail their driving tests because they are not driving consistently before they go to test. Arriving for your practical driving test knowing that you are lacking in confidence due to inconsistent driving will just add to the anxiety and many will blame nerves “on the day”. But in reality it’s generally down to lack of consistency in the build up to test day.
Being able to drive during your lessons and make very few minor errors and no serious errors will make a massive difference to your confidence and this will be reflected during your driving test.
Listen to your driving instructor
Driving Instructors are highly trained and experienced at assessing when you are ready for your driving test. You are paying for professional advice, so it would be wise to listen to it!
You will know if you are still making mistakes and your driving instructor will be reluctant to take you to test on that basis. Your instructor will have been working with you, and building a rapport over a period of time and the last thing your driving instructor or you want is a test fail.
Your driving instructor will have a massive incentive to get you a first time pass as their reputation depends on a high pass rate and the drive home from a failed test is the worst feeling in the world!
Make sure your driving instructor follows the structure mentioned above, adhere to the guidelines and there is no reason why you cannot pass your driving test first time!