Here we go again! Lockdown 2.0 isn’t quite as bad as the original, and we’re already a full week in. But when you’re learning to drive any delay is frustrating. So, what can you do to keep your driving skills fresh while you’re waiting for your lessons to restart?
How to Continue to Prepare for Your Driving Test in Lockdown
1. Get to know your Highway Code
Yeah, we know. It’s not exactly the most exciting read. But if you don’t know the rules of the road, you have no right driving on it. The Highway Code was created to keep all road users and pedestrians safe. You need it to pass your theory test. And you need it to gain your driving licence. Now is as good a time as any to get to grips with the little blue book.
2. Get to know your car
If you’re using your driving instructor’s car for lessons and don’t yet have one of your own, this might be a little difficult to do. But that’s what the internet is for, and the more you know about cars, the better. So, try to familiarise yourself with vehicles. Learn a little maintenance. Find out how to check your oil and tyres. And learn about the warning signs you need to look for when things start going wrong.
3. Get to grips with hazard perception
The hazard perception test is probably the part of gaining a driving licence that most learners pay the least attention to. But although it’s the least stressful, a fail is still a fail. And you won’t gain your licence without a pass. So, it’s worth taking the time now to really understand what is classed as a hazard, and even taking some practice tests online.
4. Learn from other people’s mistakes – and successes
OK, you can’t get behind the wheel yourself. So, the next best thing is to check out what other learners are doing. The DGN YouTube channel is full of other people’s learning experiences. Some of them are fantastic. Others… Well, others need a few more lessons before they’ll be test-ready. Either way, it might help you understand why you’re struggling with certain manoeuvres, teach you a tip or two, or simply boost your confidence to know that other people make mistakes too.
We’ve also got all the show-me-tell-me questions posted, which are really worth getting to grips with before your test.
5. Consider trying some relaxation tips
More often than not, it’s panic that makes people fail their driving test. They get so stressed out that they don’t sleep the night before, they don’t eat the morning of their test, and they can’t concentrate for all of the above reasons. The internet is full of relaxation techniques, from meditation to diet control. So, why not use this time to discover a bit of mindfulness, so you’re ready to nail those pre-test nerves when you get back behind the wheel.
All being well, this second lockdown will end, as planned, on December 2nd. Until then, no one in England will be taking driving lessons. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t put the time to good use and get yourself test-ready.