Some people seem to sail through their driving tests first time with little problem, whereas others need to sit the exam multiple times. Is it just that some people are better under pressure than others? Do some drivers find exam taking easier?
Who knows the answer to this difficult question – one thing is for sure, multiple fails at the driving test centre are no fun at all. Not only will it cost a lot of money, it can sap your self-esteem and even hold you back in your career. Learning to drive is a life-skill that enhances and improves your situation, so why wouldn’t you want to do it?
If you are struggling with the whole learning to drive life curve-ball, read on for some tips to help you on the road to success…
It can’t be stressed enough, one of the most important factors influencing your pass or fail on the day of your test, is your driving instructor. Finding ‘the one’ can be tough and you may need to ‘test drive’ a few before finding one with whom you click. Most driving schools or independent instructors allow you to have a trial lesson to see how you get on. People who live in the Oxford area contact www.paulsdrivingschooloxford.co.uk when they need an experienced and reliable driving teacher who gets results. At Paul’s Driving School Oxfordyou have the assurance of being taught by someone who knows everything there is about learning to drive and will help steer you around the bumps in the road on the way to getting your licence.
The Driving Standards Agency states that the average driver requires around forty-five to forty seven hours of formal driving tuition prior to sitting the practical test. In addition to this, a minimum of twenty-two hours practice is also suggested, to get you in top shape for the exam.
Practice makes perfect
Squeezing in practice sessions whenever you can is a wonderful way of getting you more relaxed behind the wheel. Regular drives with a parent or older sibling encourage you to feel so much more confident, once you’ve got to grips with the basics you can start becoming more aware of your surroundings and develop road sense.
Test day warm up
Book a lesson with your driving instructor just before the test – this way you will be warmed up and in ‘driving mode’. It is very likely your instructor will take you through the test route and so you will be pre-warned of any road works, tricky junctions or local congestion in advance. Knowing what to expect helps so much to calm your nerves in what can be quite a stressful situation for some people.
Avoid common mistakes
Test failures usually boil down to the same topics – poor road positioning, not checking your mirror, poor observation when parking or moving off and wrong speed (either too fast or too slow). If you can iron out all these from your performance, you will be increasing your chances of a pass.
Know your car
Sit your test in a car you are familiar with. Often you are able to use your instructor’s vehicle, if this isn’t possible use the car in which you practice the most. Being familiar with all the controls and especially details such as the clutch and gearbox, will really help smooth things along. Make sure you feel comfortable and relaxed – is the seat adjusted correctly for you? Is the visibility OK?
The examiner isn’t a monster
If at any time you are unclear about the instructions the driving test examiner has given, do not be afraid to ask for clarification. They will be used to people asking them to repeat instructions – for many people a driving test seems to pass in a blur! Don’t ask the examiner how you are doing or try to look at their notes – this could work against you. Wait until the end of the test to learn your fate.
Driving can be a real pleasure and it certainly broadens our horizons. Gaining your driver’s license requires a lot of focus, a realistic budget and plenty of application – but remember it isn’t impossible. Thousands of people pass their test everyday – why not join them and discover for yourself just what you have been missing…