If you're planning to take the practical driving test in near future then we assume that you must be working hard with your instructor to pass the practical test on the very next attempt. We believe that your instructor has already taught you inside out of all technical aspects of driving by now.
This article is not about technicalities related to the practical test. Instead, it focuses on the non-technical side of the test. Here you get some unique and pragmatic tips to increase the chance of clearing the test. We assert that you should not only rely on below-mentioned guidelines as those are just to boost your chances once you get good command on all basic aspects of driving.
- Avoid peak hours booking: If you have a liberty to select your practical driving test time then for all means avoid peak hours. Best times to book the test are either from 10am to 12pm or 2pm to 4pm.
- Confidence: Be confident, you won’t be the first one to fail the test. Most of the people fail their first practical driving test. So relax and forget about the failure. If you’re concerned about the re-booking fee then Driving Test Direct is there to help. Check our packages at Book Driving Theory pricing plans
- Break the silence: This is something debatable as some people say that it’s not good to talk to the examiner sitting next to you b/c it can divert your concentration. But we believe that talking to the examiner helps you gain more confidence. And the more confident you are more likely you pass the test. But don’t talk too much so that examiner gets annoyed.
- Safe driver: Nobody is looking for your perfection, just be a safe driver.
- All the time in the world: Don’t rush to anything, you have all the time in the world. Take your time in all manoeuvres but don’t take too much. This generally happens that if someone is doing a manoeuvre and a car comes him/her, she/he starts doing it in rush, don’t do that. If someone is waiting behind you, let them wait but don’t panic.
- Checking mirrors: Make it obvious that you’re checking mirrors. Make it a habit of checking mirrors every after 10 seconds. Make your observations clear before manoeuvres, applying brakes or crossing a junction.
- Change test centre: If you have already tried several times at one test centre then it’s best to change the centre. Try to book with a test centre where the passing percentage is high and the area is not densely populated. You can check test centre stats at practical centre stats page.
- Speed limit: If you don’t know the speed limit of the road then make a clever guess and drive bit slow. It’s OK to drive slower than crossing the speed limit. You can easily identify if you’re on the motorway but this problem generally occurs with roads of 30 or 40 mph. In this scenario just drive around 30 mph if you’re not sure.
- Eat before your test: Not eating relates to panic in humans. By not eating you just amplify your stress level so just have something before the exam so that you can focus on the road while driving.
- You are not examiner: Don’t make any judgement by yourself as you are not the examiner. Sometimes pupils make mistake and just give up themselves. Even if you make a mistake don’t think that you’ve failed, carry on with the test and let examiner decides. At the end of the day, it’s all up to examiner’s mood, he/she can ignore your few minor mistakes if he/she feels that you’re confident and safe driver.