Driving Test

1. Pin up a map of your test center area and mark out the test routes.

Mark difficult areas on it such as one-way street, difficult intersections, speed limit of exam route, so that you are ready for them on approach, rather than having to deal with them as if they have come out of nowhere. Make sure you get plenty of practice with a professional driving school such as smart driving school.

2. Practice maneuvers until you can carry them out without any minor faults.

That will leave you without any minor faults. That will leave you with margin of 15
faults for the rest of the drive on the day of your test.

3. Practice, practice and practice

Practice until you can drive without verbal or physical intervention from your instructor for the duration of a full driving lesson or a mock driving test. Don’t forget: its not practice that makes perfect: its practice – with a professional driving instructor – that make perfect.

Test Day

  • 1. Warm up

    Arrange to have an hour’s driving lesson on the day of your test. This will help you warm up and get into the swing of things. You will also be aware of any new road works, obstructions etc and will feel more able to deal with them more easily. Forewarned is forearmed.

  • 2. Nerves

    If you start feeling shaky bag of nerves, breathe in, hold your breath, count up to 20 and out, and breathe out. Repeat this exercise until you gain control of your nerves. Once the test starts, you’ll settle into your driving and your attention will be on the road rather than your own feelings, and your nervousness should disappear.

  • 3. Think Confident: Talk yourself – silently! Though the test.

    Talk about hazards coming up and how you are going to deal with them. This really focuses your mind on how you should be driving in order to pass the test.

  • 4. Don’t Be Afraid To Ask

    If you don’t understand what the examiner has asked you to do, don’t be afraid to ask him or her to repeat the instructions.

  • 5. Think Positive

    Before you start a maneuver, repeat to yourself three times – silently – “This is a piece of cake”. Think positively at all times. You can do it!

  • 6. Making a Mistake

    If you feel you’re messing up a maneuver, just pull forwards and do it again correctly. As long as you haven’t done anything wrong, such as touching the curb or failing to make effective observations, you can still pass.

  • 7. Have I Already Failed?

    If you feel you’ve made a mistake, don’t instantly assume you’ve failed – may only have been a minor fault. Put it behind you and carry on driving as well as you can.

  • 8. Keep Your Eyes On The Road

    Resist the temptation to look at the examiner and what he or she is writing. You will not be able to deduce anything anyway. Always keep your attention on driving and the road ahead!