Saturday, 22 March 2014

Evolution's essential guide to having a smooth driving test

Hi, my name is Paul Roach and I am a driving instructor, predominately providing driving lessons in Liverpool. During my time as a driving instructor I have helped many people pass their driving test, so I thought I would share some useful points that could help you pass too!
Why is the national average for driving test passes only around 50%? Is it due to people getting nervous on test day? Or is it because some learner drivers are unprepared?

It can sometimes be a combination of both factors. When booking a driving test you need to make sure you will be ready for it. Usually your driving instructor is best placed to give you guidance on when you'll be ready and how much practice will be needed before booking it.

Regular feedback of your progress will help you understand what is needed to achieve your end goal. If you're close to booking the driving test try to develop an action plan with your driving instructor to outline any weaker areas you may have. Also try to get an idea of how much practice will be needed before test day to avoid any unnecessary disappointment.

How can I stop myself from getting nervous on the big day?

It's impossible to stop the nerves completely. Believe it or not, I actually don't think nerves are a bad thing - as long as you feel in control of them and not let them control you. Your confidence can be a key factor in how you can stay in control of your nerves. Sometimes I encourage my learners to talk themselves through their driving. This can help you to reinforce your decision making and helps your concentration which in-turn will help you grow in confidence.

My friend has just failed for driving too slow - can you really fail for this?

Yes you can! But if you haven't had a problem with this on your lessons then don't worry. Talking to other people about their driving test experience may help you to understand the process better but try not to focus on other people's errors as everyone's driving can be different.
Driving test do's and don't's!

Do try to get all the details you'll need to take along with you for the driving test prepared a week in advance and don't go searching for them the night before.

Do try to get a good night's sleep the night before taking the driving test and don't drink any alcohol.

Do an eyesight check a couple of weeks before taking the driving test - don't leave it too late to get it checked because if you fail the eyesight check your driving test will be terminated.

Do make sure you and your instructor have all the correct booking details and don't leave it to chance - recheck your booking information the night before.

Do try to remember a large part of your driving test will be conducted in silence and don't try to chat too much as it may affect your concentration.

Do try to stay positive if you make a mistake and don't dwell on it as it may not have caused you to fail the driving test.

May we wish you every success with your driving test! Paul Roach - Evolution Driving School.

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