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How I Prepared For My Driving Test: A Case Study

By: Sally Aquire - Updated: 10 Jan 2013 | comments*Discuss
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Preparing for a driving test can be extremely stressful, but as Lucy Green (22) found, there is a variety of different ways that you can get yourself ready for both the theory test and the practical driving test.

Preparing for the Theory Test

Like most people, Lucy was keen to get her Theory Test out of the way so that she could concentrate on passing her Practical Driving Test. Despite this, she was determined to put in the necessary effort to pass her theory test first time. She says, “I knew that if I only made a half-hearted effort to pass the theory test, I might fail and have to resit. As I obviously didn't want that to happen, I spent some time every day looking through study books and my copy of The Highway Code, and doing online practice tests.”

Preparing for the Hazard Perception Test

It was a similar story for the Hazard Perception Test. As you need to pass both parts of the theory test to be able to sit the practical driving test, Lucy was equally keen to score highly on the hazard perception test too. She says, “There aren't as many opportunities to practise the hazard perception test, but I bought some DVDs and CD-ROMs to test my knowledge on sample driving clips.”

Preparing for the Practical Driving Test

Prior to booking her practical driving test, Lucy was having one driving lesson per week, which lasted for one hour each time. In between booking her practical driving test and taking the test, she increased her lessons to two ninety-minute lessons per week to get more driving practice before the big day. She says, “Although my driving instructor was confident that I was ready for the practical driving test, I wanted to take extra lessons (on top of my usual ones) to make doubly sure that this was the case.”

Thinking beyond her driving test, Lucy embarked on private practice with her father to get even more driving experience, particularly after dark. She says, “Most of my driving lessons took place in the morning or early afternoon, so I didn't get too much experience of driving in the dark. I didn't want to be caught out in the future after passing my test because I didn't get enough practice beforehand so I decided to get some private practice in during the dark evenings.”

In the run-up to her practical driving test, Lucy contacted the driving test centre for details of the test route that she would be required to take during her practical driving test. Armed with this, she made sure that her private practice incorporated the test route so that it wasn't a total surprise on the day. She says, “If you know the test route in advance of your practical driving test, you can get a pretty good idea of the type of manoeuvres that you might be asked to perform during the test. If nothing else, at least the test won't be a complete mystery!”

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