Five Driving Test Day Tips

There’s no getting away from the fact that your driving test day is often one of the most stressful life experiences. Even if you’re completely prepared, you can easily come unstuck. And for many people, nerves alone are enough to undo them. So, what can you do to improve your chances on driving test day?

Five Tips to Improve Your Driving Test


1. Create a good impression

Driving examiners are busy. You’ve probably guessed that from the amount of time you had to wait to receive your test date. So, don’t keep them waiting. While they won’t fail you purely on first impressions, if you can do your best to get to the test centre early and be prepared – with your provisional license in your hand and a smile upon your face when they call your name – they’ll be a lot happier to see you. And if you are late, you may find that you’ve failed before you’ve even sat in the car.

2. Don’t be afraid of the examiner

OK, so after tip number one, you’re probably thinking that your driving examiner is likely to be some kind of monster. Most of the time however, driving examiners want you to pass. They have to stick to the rules. That’s their job. But if you’re anxious or confused, they’re not going to hold it against you. So, if you mishear or misunderstand instructions, say so.

3. Don’t panic

Too many learner drivers fail their tests because they are rushing. If you are panicking that you are taking too long to exit a junction or perform a manoeuvre, you’re going to make the wrong decision. So stay calm. Take your time. And if you feel that you’re taking too long, explain to the examiner what you’re doing and why.

4. Turning the wrong way isn’t always a big deal

When we’re stressed, we don’t always fully take in instructions. So, it’s really common for learners to take a wrong turn on their test. The thing is, as long as you’ve indicated the way you actually go, this isn’t an automatic fail. The examiner is a human being. They’ve taken their driving test too. As long as you have been able to negotiate the error safely, they will simply reroute.

5. Pay attention to your feedback

At the end of every driving test, pass or fail, you will receive feedback from your examiner. It’s really important that you listen to this, especially if you fail. Because it’s the only way you’ll understand exactly where you went wrong. And this is equally important if you pass, if you want to be able to drive as safely as possible.

Your driving test day is going to be stressful. But if you follow these steps, you can make it a little bit easier on yourself. And if you’re worried in advice, don’t forget to talk to your instructor. They will help build your confidence in the areas you’re most concerned with.

If you’re looking for driving lessons in the West Midlands, get in touch with DGN. Or for more help and advice, download the Ultimate Driving Course for your step by stem guide to learning to drive.

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