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Driving test tips

The practical driving test is one of the most nerve wrecking experiences that you're likely to go through. Although it may feel like you have a mountain to climb, achieving your full license isn't necessarily difficult. These driving test tips should help you to stay calm and minimise those minor faults!

Top driving test tips
  1. Know what to expect on the day. Ask your driving instructor to talk you through test procedure, what time you will arrive, what you should bring etc. If you know exactly what will happen, you'll feel a lot more confident.
  2. The most common reason for failing a driving test is inadequate observation at junctions. If in doubt, "peep and creep" until you get a clear view of the road. Use the correct mirrors and have another brief glance in your side mirror just before you make the turn.
  3. Learn all the possible answers to the "Show Me Tell Me" questions. Your driving instructor should b able to provide a list (about two pages long). It won't take long to learn the answers and you'll avoid picking up an unnecessary minor.
  4. Take control of the situation and be confident. If you feel nervous at any stage, you can pull in when it's safe to do so and take a minute or two to compose yourself.
  5. If you make a mistake, fix it. If you need to restart a manoeuvre or you stall the car, do so safely and without panicking. The examiner might not even give you a minor if you can correct the mistake.

What happens if you pass?

If you pass, the examiner will give you a pass certificate. You can send this and your provisional license to the DVLA who will issue a full license.

What happens if you fail?

If you fail, you must wait a minimum of ten days before taking your test again. There is no limit on the number of times you can take your test - so don't be disheartened if you fail. The examiner will offer you feedback on errors, and your instructor will be able to give you driving test tips to help avoid making these mistakes again.

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