Revision, Revision, Revision...

The Driving Standards Agency recommends that you should undertake at least 20 hours of revision, prior to taking your driving theory test. And that’s something that we’d go along with. There are more than a 1000 questions to get through, and there will be 50 to answer on the day. The questions will be completely random, so you have to be prepared for any of the 1000 appearing. 

Take a mock driving theory test

A mock driving theory test will help you to prepare for the test and highlight the areas where you can improve. Most will provide you with your score and flag up the questions you answered incorrectly. This will help you focus on all the areas where you need to brush up your knowledge, so you can hit the test centre feeling confident of passing first time.

Get friends and family to quiz you

During the real test, you will only have 57 minutes to answer all 50 questions. This can seem quite daunting, especially if you get off to a slow start. A great way to prepare is to get your friends and family to randomly pick 50 questions for you to answer. Get them to put the pressure on you by making them set time limits to answer each question. 

Get to know your road signs

Whilst you’re going about your daily business, you’re sure to encounter many different road signs. When you spot one, say what you see. If you don’t recognise it, make a note and find out what it is when you get back home. This will help you build your knowledge of common road signs.  

Get more driving time

It may sound obvious, but the more time you spend practicing driving the better. If you are making short journeys with your friends or family, ask them if you can drive. Every minute counts when you’re preparing for you driving test, all those short runs down to the shops might make the difference on the day of your test.

Observe the road as a passenger

When you’re travelling as a passenger, be sure to study how other drivers react to certain scenarios on the road. This will vastly increase your road awareness and help you prepare for any unexpected issues that may arise on your test. It is also a good idea to take note of all the road signs that you pass on your journeys, ensure you know what each of them means and how it will affect the traffic on the road. 

Know your vehicle

The examiner on your test won’t expect you to be a fully qualified mechanic, but they will expect you to know the basics. The ‘show me / tell me’ part of the test is quite often forgotten about prior to the test, so it could panic you if the examiner suddenly lifts the bonnet and asks you where your water coolant goes.   

 

The layout of car engines tend to differ from car to car, so it’s definitely worth spending 10 minutes looking ‘under the hood’ of the vehicle you will take your test in. 

Practice your manoeuvres

If you fail one of the manoeuvres on your test, it’s pretty much game over. So getting them right is essential. A good instructor will spend a lot of time with you on each manoeuvre, so you feel confident when asked to perform one on test day. Use every opportunity that you get to practice them. As most of the manoeuvres can be performed on an empty car park, which makes the job of pestering your friends or family to take you out for an hour a bit easier. 

Try and remain calm

Okay, this one is easier said than done, but try to remain as calm as you can throughout the test. If you do something wrong, don’t worry too much, regain your focus and carry on driving. Chances are it could just be a minor mark on the examiner’s scorecard, which means that you can still pass your test if you keep it together for the remainder of the test. 

Don’t be afraid to ask

Believe it or not, examiners are just human beings doing their job. They are not completely unapproachable. If you have a question, or don’t hear them properly during the test, just ask them to repeat themselves. They’ll be more than happy to repeat the instruction. They’re not there to fail you; they are there to make sure that you can drive safely. 

Keep an eye out for speed limits

If it’s possible, and safe to do so, you should always keep your speed to the close to the speed limit of each road you drive on during your test.  If you drive well below the speed limit the examiner may judge you to be an unsafe driver that lacks confidence. 

Mirrors, Mirrors, Mirrors

Examiners pay careful attention to whether you are using your mirrors correctly. Be sure to frequently check your mirrors when overtaking or making turns. It’s always a good idea to slightly exaggerate the movement of your head whilst doing it, so you know they have noticed you checking.  

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