So you’ve passed your theory test and you’ve either booked, or are thinking of booking your practical test. Now you’re going to want to make sure you do everything you can to pass first time and not have to re-book and re-sit the exam. Here are our top tips on how to fully prepare for your practical driving test.
Revise your Theory
As much as it might seem like a pain – your theory test is there to instill as much base knowledge about driving as possible in your mind. Read through all of your theory materials once or twice again and take a couple of tests to make sure you’re still up to speed (no pun intended).
If you’re failing on some aspects of your theory test, read through them again and make sure you fully understand all of the different rules – just being able to remember things is very different to understanding them!
Get as Much Practice as Possible
Book yourself in for a few extra lessons in the week running up to your exam. You want to make sure you’re as confident as possible behind the wheel before you sit down with your examiner. It might be an idea to book a single lesson with a different instructor and ask them to run through a test with you. This will give you a feel for being sat in the car with someone who isn’t your usual driving instructor and remove that safety net of a friendly face in the car with you.
If you can’t afford to book a lesson with another instructor, sit in the passenger seat of a family member or friend’s car and practice critiquing their driving. Assess everything they do and tell them where they are going wrong – it will annoy them no end, but it will be great practice for you.
Work Through your Driver’s Record
The DVSA has published a resource called the Driver’s Record, this is a checklist for working through how confident you are on various aspects of the driving test. You can download it from the DVSA website here. The tool itself is aimed at driving instructors to keep a record of how they think you are progressing with your lessons. It would be a good idea though to download a copy for yourself and make sure you’re happy with all of the items on the sheet. If there’s anything you’re not sure about – go back to your instructor and tell them you’d like some extra tuition on that particular area of the test.