How to Pass Your Driving Test
Pass Me Faster’s driving experts have helped lots of learner drivers like yourself. That’s why we have an extensive knowledge base to call upon when somebody pops that question again. It’s an absolute fan favourite, but rightly so.
We all know that passing your driving test is a life-changing event. Hence, we put our heart and soul into helping you get passed the mental twists and turns in preparation for the real world corners, bends and roundabouts.
Top Five Driving Tips
These are our top-five tips for driving success. Once you’ve studied these you’ll be prepared to hit the big time as a member of the fully fledged drivers club. Of course you never stop learning as a driver. Always pay attention and respect the road. Above all listen to your instructor – they’ve passed hundreds of students and know what they are talking about. At Pass Me Faster we only work with the best instructors that pass our fastidious spot checks before we sign them up to work with us.
1. Don’t be Late
It might sound obvious to you, but you’d be amazed at how many learner drivers either turn up late or at the last minute. This puts you in a fluster and can leave the driving instructor feeling disrespected. Whatever way you want to look at it, you can never be too early, but you will always be too late.
The perfect scenario is that you arrive between 20 and 30 minutes early. Any earlier than that and you risk getting bored and switching off.
20 minutes will give you the right amount of time to go over anything that you have in mind. You can take a friend with you as well as the instructor, if you feel that will help ease your nerves. Everyone is different. Some wouldn’t like their friend to be there with them because it might put them off, while others appreciate friendly love and support.
2. Study the Area Beforehand
This is one tip I have personal experience with. When I took my first driving test, I got the grumpiest instructor at the whole test centre. His name preceded him, such was his horrid reputation. Anyway, when I first got in the car, I went to drive out of the car park and shock horror. I panicked. The signs on both entrance and exit were so worn that you couldn’t make them out. Crikey, I didn’t even know which was the exit and which was the entry point.
Safe to say, I didn’t pass my test that day.
So please take a leaf out of my book and have a quick scout of the area. There just might be some unforeseen items that could potentially cause a headache for you. You’ve got to remember that on your test things that might not be a problem on a regular day will be magnified tenfold and it could be just enough to throw you off track.
Stay focused and one step ahead of your test instructor. Make sure you know the local area well enough to pass. You’ll feel much more relaxed knowing that there are less hidden dangers popping up on you. Preparation is key and your test route should be surprise free and easy to remember. We’re not saying learn every bend and turn, but do look out for any sneaky signs or non-obvious elements that could catch you out.
Another test that I failed, my second one, was due to the marks on the road being worn and I didn’t slow down, because I didn’t see them. Hopefully you can learn from my mistakes. Instructors know their routes and the pitfalls they possess. That’s why they are one step ahead, but you can flip the script and be one step in front of them.
3. Have a Lesson Before Your Test
While this is obvious if you’re coming from an intensive driving course or standard lessons. It might be different for anyone wishing to use their own car to do the test in – which is perfectly legal if you want to do so. Providing your car meets the correct standards of road worthiness. This will be approved or declined by the ADI – approved driving instructor.
Having a lesson prior to your driving test will help ease your nerves. You’ll feel much better than jumping into it cold. A warm up is always best practice and we don’t know any valid reason not to have a lesson before.
The thing is, it’s easy to dive comfortably when there is no pressure on you. What catches most folks out is when they are under the beady eyes of the driving instructor and they know that passing or failing is on the horizon. Your whole future depends on that one piece of paper.
Let’s face it, transport is an essential part of modern life. You can do so much more when you’ve got a car or even just a driving licence.
4. Don’t Feel Threatened by the Instructor
You’ve got to remember that the instructor is only a person, obviously, but don’t read too much into it and concentrate on yourself instead. Remember that horrible instructor that I told you about. Well on my second test I got a super nice one. This had the exact opposite effect on me and I thought he’s nice, surely I must pass.
I was so excited that I was actually speeding slightly. The willy instructor got onto this and took me over a humped back bridge that had a slow-down warning painted on the road. Due to wear and tear you couldn’t see it very well and I missed it. So that was another fail for me. Point being, you can never pay attention to whether the instructor is nice, mean or indifferent. Always concentrate on your driving and don’t get too far ahead of yourself.
5. Pay Attention at the End of Your Exam
This tip is for when you’ve had your first test. Hopefully you won’t need it because you will have already passed. However, if you are a tad unlucky and failed, pay special attention to the exact reasons why you actually failed. Your driving instructor is a professional and knows the driving game inside out.
Work on your flaws and polish your strengths up even more for your next attempt.
If you are patient, it will only be a matter of time before you pass your test and you’re legally entitled to drive a car on UK roads. You owe it to yourself to be the best driver you can possibly be. There are far too many accidents on the roads, especially with smartphones causing distractions to drivers and pedestrians.
Keep on reading your theory book and reinforcing the corner stones of good driving. With a bit of luck and time you’ll soon be able to call yourself a driver.