Today’s the day. It is the day of your driving test. You’ve spent days, weeks or even months waiting for this day. But how prepared are you?
You have spent time driving around the local roads to the test centre so you feel confident. It is likely you have read the Highway Code from front to back, multiple times… Yet the nerves are still in your belly as you are watching the clock countdown to the time of your driving test.
We have put together a breakdown of what you can expect from the test. At least if you know what to expect this should help calm your nerves as there is less of the ‘unexpected’.
What will I be asked to do during my driving test?
You will be asked to do an eyesight test and read the number plate of a nearby car. You’ll have to answer some ‘show me, tell me’ questions where the examiner will ask you to tell them or show them where things are under the bonnet, for example. You don’t need to be an experienced car mechanic for this; it will be things like where the oil goes, where the horn is or how to check the lights are working. This is designed to show that you have a basic understanding of a vehicle.
Then, of course, you will also demonstrate your general driving ability. During your test, you will be expected to complete some manoeuvres such as reversing around the corner, reverse parking, parallel parking or turning in the road. Your driving test will also include around 10 minutes of independent driving. This is so the examiner knows you are confident behind the wheel.
What happens if I make a mistake during the driving test?
You may make a small mistake, and mistakes happen – so don’t panic! It’s all apart of the process to see how you handle it. This will usually be down to nerves anyway.
Taking a driving test can be very stressful and nerve-wracking for some people, but you need to adjust and learn with the pressure. However, you can have as many as 15 minor mistakes and still pass the test. Should a mistake occur, concentrate on the rest of the test to avoid further minor mistakes.
Be careful not to make a serious or dangerous mistake in your test though as this can result in failing your test immediately. Speak up to your examiner.
How can I keep improving my driving after I pass?
There are lots of additional driving courses available to help you improve your driving skills and road awareness – we even have some great ones available through our website! For example, our aftercare program is designed for those that want to brush up on anything they may not have covered in their normal driving lessons or test. In some cases, these additional driving courses will not only help improve your driving and confidence, but they can reduce your car insurance too!
Our intensive driving courses are great at getting you ready for your driving test in just one week, and then we’ll get you booked in for your test. Contact us for more information.