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Preparing for Your Driving Test

By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 9 Jan 2013 | comments*Discuss
Learner Driver The Highway Code Theory

A driving test is a daunting experience for any learner driver especially if they have never undertaken one before. In the run up to your driving test there are a few things you can do to prepare.

The Highway Code

You will have already been through your Theory Test and Hazard Perception test and passed – you need to achieve a pass in these tests before a practical theory test can be taken – but that does not mean you should put the Highway Code to the back of your mind. During your practical test you will be required – more than ever – to understand the road signs you see and also markings on the roads as well as distances.

The examiner may ask you during the course of the test, questions about different road signs that you come into contact with and it is important that you have a good grasp on them. The same applies to junctions, traffic calming measures and stopping distances.

The Test Route

Your driving instructor may know the usual route taken by the examiner. As a general rule your driving instructor will take you along this route to help you familiarise yourself with any obstacles or difficult to negotiate traffic systems. It is worthwhile, where possible, taking a last minute lesson and following the test route to build up your confidence.

Additional Lessons

In the run up to your test, where time permits, you should take extra lessons. Your driving instructor will be happy to accommodate you where possible and these additional lessons will help you build up confidence and brush up on any areas of your driving which you feel are perhaps not up to par. That said your driving instructor will normally run through a mock practical test with you and tell you which areas of your driving may need improving.

Hazard Perception Test

Having completed this part of the Theory Test it is important to keep on top of it. Your driving instructor – if he is part of a driving school – may have supplied you with the CD-ROM which contains practice Hazard Perception Tests. If so it is best to run through some of these prior to your practical test so that you are well versed on the nature of the hazards that may present themselves whilst you are out with an instructor.

The Night Before

Try and get a full night’s sleep the night before your test. Of course you'll be nervous but by keeping calm and enjoying a night’s sleep you should feel fresh and ready for the task ahead.

It is important also to remember not to drink alcohol or take any sort of drug that might impair your driving on the day. Hot milky drinks are always a good way to relax.

Go through your Highway Code on the evening before and the morning of the test.

Taking the Test in Your Own Vehicle

If you have your own vehicle then you can sit the practical test in it; your examiner will be happy for you to do this as long as the car is properly insured, taxed and with a valid MOT.

If you do not have a vehicle of your own and have been learning to drive in your driving instructor’s car, if you have a lesson just prior to the test you can use his or her car.

Be Confident

Perhaps many might think this is easier said than done but thinking positively and confidently about the test is always a good place to start. If you are nervous it will show and you will be prone to making mistakes. Confidence and positive thoughts will help you no end.

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