How Can We Help?

Practical Driving Test Guide To Help You Pass First Time

You are here:
< All Topics

Got a practical driving test coming up? No need to panic! Put the brakes on for a moment and read this blog for some sure-fire tips to help you pass your practical driving test first time.

About the practical test

For many, the practical test is the scariest part of learning to drive. The practical test often happens after months of lessons, driving practice and revision. It’s the final stage that determines whether you are able to tear up the L plates and replace your provisional licence with the real deal.

The practical test is broken up into three main parts: ‘show me, tell me’ questions, general driving, and independent driving. You will also be asked to perform one of three reversing manoeuvres during the general driving section.

The test is usually around 40 minutes long, which in the grand scheme of things is not very long. But there is a lot riding on what happens in that time.

Receiving more than 15 minor faults or any major faults means you won’t pass the test. Your instructor should run through the differences between these faults and give examples so you know what to avoid. However, you should pick up good driving habits and get to know the rules of the road through your lessons.

If your practical driving test is on the way, we’ve got some helpful tips listed below to put you at ease and prepare you for the big day.

Top 5 Practical Test Tips To Help You Pass First Time:

A little pressure can be a good thing

Nerves running up to the test date is something that most learner drivers experience, but we like to say that feeling a little pressure can be a good thing – in fact, it can make you perform better. But if the stress of your looming test date is a little overwhelming you can always share your worries with your driving instructor or family and friends.

Don’t spend too much time worrying about what might happen

By the time people come to take their practical driving test, they’ve had lots of experience with exams. So you probably know how you respond to the pressure of test conditions. If the worry of what might happen on your exam is getting you down or making you feel frazzled, stop those thoughts in their tracks. Instead, try and replace them with more positive thoughts. Easier said than done, but it’s worth a try.

Revise, revise, revise

We get it, there are a million things you’d rather be doing in your free time than revising for a test. BUT, setting aside a little time each week to revise your ‘show me, tell me’ questions and putting in that little extra driving practice can really help prepare you for the big day.

Also, knowing what to expect on your test day can be super handy.

Practice, practice, practice

Getting as much driving practice as possible is one of the best ways to boost your confidence behind the wheel. Getting to grips with your maneuvers until they become second nature will also help.
Not everyone has access to a vehicle outside of their driving lessons. That’s where intensive driving courses can come in handy. Instead of 1-2 hours practice a week, a driving crash course offers hours of daily driving practice over a five day period. This means you won’t lose your confidence or forget what you’ve learnt between lessons.

Remember it’s not the end of the world if you don’t pass the first time!

Don’t be too hard on yourself. Sure, you want to pass – who doesn’t! But it’s important to remember that it’s not the end of the world if you don’t pass the first time. Remember, if you’ve booked through GoGoGo, you will have access to free corrective lessons to get you geared up for another try.

If you’re looking for 5 Day Driving Lessons in Peterborough, GoGoGo is the perfect driving school to get you pumped up for your driving test in just 5 days. Look at our website today to find out more or book your slot.

Table of Contents