Top 10 Effective Tips for Passing your Driving Test

23 September 2019 / Lindleys Autocentres

Taking your driving test can be a daunting task. This is the big day you have been preparing for, it has finally arrived and you’re feeling ready to hit the road.

Driver with hands on steering wheel on driving test

Those pre-test nerves still seem to kick in no matter how prepared you are. But don’t worry, we have put together 10 top tips to assist you in passing your driving test (first time)!

In short, here are 10 tips to help you pass your driving test;

  1. Make sure you have had enough lessons

  2. Have a driving lesson before the test

  3. Be prepared

  4. Be on time

  5. Use your instructor’s car

  6. Choose when you book your test

  7. Check you have everything you need

  8. Take a look at the reasons why people fail their test

  9. Get a good night's sleep

  10. Keep your nerves under control

Give yourself the best chance of passing your test by reading on to find out more about these tips in detail.

Tips for passing your driving test (first time)

Make sure you have had enough lessons 


This may sound obvious, but making sure you have had enough lessons is essential for passing your driving test. Many people take their driving test too early and fail due to being undertrained and underprepared. This can result in a loss of time and money being wasted. Don’t take your test until your instructor tells you. This way you will give yourself the best chance of passing and may even increase the likelihood of passing the first time. 

Have a driving lesson before the test

Having a driving lesson before the test can help ease those pre-test nerves and give you extra time to practice maneuvers and gain clarification on any last-minute questions you may have surrounding your test. You know what they say, practice makes perfect! 

What to expect on your driving test  

Before you take your test, you should have some idea of what to expect. The UK practical driving test usually lasts no longer than 40 minutes and involves the following stages; 

  • Eyesight check 

  • ‘show me, tell me’ vehicle safety questions

  • General driving ability, 

  • Reversing your vehicle

  • Independent driving. 

Try and gather as much information as possible regarding each stage so that you know exactly what to expect on the day. You may also want to make yourself familiar with all possible test routes. Ask your driving instructor to see if he can take you on some of the possible routes for a practice before the big day. This way, there will be no hidden surprises! For more information regarding what happens during the test visit the GOV website.

Be on time 

This one may be fairly obvious, but turning up for the test early puts you in a good frame of mind and gives you extra time to prepare. Arriving late can just create extra stress, putting you at risk of making mistakes. Allow yourself plenty of time and arrive at the test center early. 

Use your instructor's car

Using a car that you’re familiar with and are comfortable driving in will give you an advantage when it comes to the ‘show me, tell me’ part of the test. Using your instructors' car will give you the opportunity to make yourself familiar with different aspects of the vehicle such as the fog lights and heating controls - something you may be asked to identify on your test.

Choose when you book your test

Book your test at a time where you feel the calmest so that you don’t become easily distracted. For example, don’t book your test on a day where you have exams, school work or other commitments. Give your brain one task to concentrate on at a time. This way, you give yourself the best chances of passing. 

Check you have everything you need

Did you know that not turning up to the test with the correct documentation can result in your test being cancelled and you will not get your money back? Therefore, it is fundamental to be organised on the day to ensure that you have all of the documents you need to take to the test. 

Take a look at the reasons why people fail their test

Knowing the reasons people have failed their driving test in the past can help you analyse your own driving styles and areas where you can improve. Head over to BuzzFeed to see the top ten reasons people fail the British driving test. 

Get a good night's sleep

Make sure you go to bed early the night before your test so that you have a clear mind and feel recharged. This should also help clear those pre-test nerves and put you in a good frame of mind before the test.  

Keep your nerves under control 

It's natural to feel a little anxious before the test. Try not to worry and focus your attention on trying to do your best. Around 45% of people pass their test first time (according to the BBC), so don’t worry if you don’t get it on the first go, you can always take it again and you will be more prepared for what to expect!  

Good luck with your driving test! Don’t forget, once you have passed your test it is essential that you keep your vehicle to the correct driving standards. Keep Lindleys Autocentres in mind for when you get your first car.

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