Before the test…
- On the day of the test there are some important things you need to remember to take with you. These are:
- Your valid provisional licence including the paper part.
- Your pass certificate from your theory test.
- Your glasses (if you need them for driving) as you will have to take an eyesight test where you need to read a number plate from 20 metres away.
- Have a driving lesson before your test. It will help you get used to being in the car and it’s also the perfect time to run through anything you’re still a little bit unsure of with your driving instructor.
- Get to the test centre early, so you won’t feel rushed or flustered. You can park up and calm your nerves (not to mention take a toilet break!).
- Before your test starts, your examiner will ask you two ‘show me, tell me’ questions about the car. These will be vehicle safety questions and could include brakes, engine oil, headlights, indicators, power steering, tyre pressure or window washers. You’ll have to explain to the examiner what your safety check would be for the car part they ask you about, so make sure you get a family member or your driving instructor to show you how all of these work.
When it starts…
- The test lasts 40 minutes and you’ll need to show your knowledge of the Highway Code. Make sure you concentrate on everything that’s going on around you and drive with confidence. If you make a mistake it’s not the end of the world, just stay calm and carry on driving.
- You’ll have to perform one manoeuvre that could be a turn in the road, a bay park, a parallel park or a reverse around the corner. You’ll also be asked to perform an emergency stop.
- If the examiner asks you to do something and you don’t understand what they mean, don’t be afraid to ask!
- During the test you’ll be asked to do 10 minutes of independent driving. You’ll need to follow directions or traffic signs without the examiner telling you what to do. This is to make sure you can safely navigate while you drive and make decisions on your own, so make sure you’ve practiced this kind of driving.
- If you stall the car, don’t panic! Stay confident, restart the engine, check for any other hazards and then pull off again if it’s safe.
- To pass your test you can make a minimum of 15 minor driving errors but no serious or dangerous faults. But don’t spend the whole test trying to guess whether you’ve made a mistake or not, just concentrate on driving.
So, just follow these tips and you’ll be one step closer to passing your driving test!
Article supplied by: Marmalade Learner Insurance