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How to Pass Your Driving Test First Time

Out of the 733,166 conducted practical driving tests in the 2018-19 year, only 341,393 passed first time. That is a 46.6% first time pass rate! If you’re keen to avoid the expense of a resit here’s what you need to know.

Know Your Theory

It is common for students to pass their theory test and immediately put it out of their mind. However, speak to any driving instructor and they will tell you that consistent theory revision up until your test is crucial. Not only will this help while driving, but you will also be questioned during your test!

Query Your Instructor

Having any lingering questions the day of your test can be a distraction and worsen your nerves.

Don’t be afraid to ask your instructor a tonne of questions. If you’re unsure of anything, even if it seems obvious, just ask them. No instructor will berate you for asking a stupid question and having frequent conversations with them will supply you will helpful advice and tips.

Don’t Let a Minor Fault Get To You

During your test if you commit over 15 minors you will fail. While this can seem daunting, it does give you some breathing room!

If you make a little mistake or two don’t let it get inside your head. Remain calmm put it out your mind and move on. Otherwise you may get distracted and quickly accumulate enough minors to fail.

Practice, Practice and Practice

An obvious tip, but always worth mentioning. Consistent practice is crucial for any hopeful first-time passer. Not only should you practice most days up until your test, but if possible, getting some driving time in the day of your test can do wonders.

Having some driving experience early in the day of your test really helps to calm the nerves and make you more comfortable.

Watch Others Driving

It can be easy to switch off on a bus ride or while being driven somewhere but there is so much to learn by observing what’s happening on the roads.

It can help you gain a better sense of traffic flow, which will significantly help you avoid any troublesome situations during your test.

Having this general feeling of how the roads flow will translate into confidence in your driving, which your instructor will notice, and thus will significantly increase your chances of passing first-time.

Don’t Rush

Let’s say you’ve passed your theory test and you’ve been taking driving lessons for a few months. At this point you may feel ready to go and get your licence. However, before you run off to the test centre take some time and really question whether your ready or not.

While it may feel like you’ve done enough, try and think of anything you could still improve on and perfect. Ask your instructor what whether they think your ready. If passing first-time is your goal then make sure your as prepared as possible.