The day of your driving test can be one of the most nerve-wracking days in the process of getting your full driving license.
Proper preparation not only boosts your confidence but also increases your chances of success.
Here’s everything you need to do to prepare for the big day with the guidance of your driving instructor.
1. Mock Tests:
Take full-length mock tests with your driving instructor. This simulates the test experience, including the routes, manoeuvres, and pressure you might face on the day. Some pupils may not wish to take part in this process, but it is worth discussing with your driving instructor.
2. Address Weak Points:
Identify areas where you are weak and focus on improving them. This could be anything from parallel parking to navigating complex roundabouts.
3. Understand the Test:
Make sure you fully understand the test format, what will be expected of you, and how you will be marked.
4. Study the Theory:
Even though you’ve passed your theory test, it’s essential to keep that knowledge fresh, as it directly applies to the practical test. Read the highway code to refresh yourself.
5. Check Your Documents:
Ensure your provisional license is intact and ready for the test day. If you need glasses or contact lenses for driving, make sure they are clean and in good condition.
6. Car Maintenance:
If you’re using your driving instructor’s car, it’s likely they will handle this. However, if you’re using your own car, ensure it’s test-ready with all lights, brakes, and indicators functioning correctly.
7. Plan Your Route:
Know exactly where the test centre is and how to get there. Consider doing a test run with your instructor.
8. Sleep and Diet:
Get a good night’s sleep before your test day, and pay attention to your diet. Avoid excessive caffeine and eat a balanced meal to ensure you have enough energy and concentration for the test. Hydration is key and can affect concentration massively.
9. Dress Comfortably:
Wear comfortable clothing and suitable footwear for driving. Avoid bulky jackets or uncomfortable shoes that could impede your movement or control.
10. Pre-Test Lesson:
Arrange for a driving lesson before your test. Use this time to calm any last-minute nerves and to warm up. The length of time should be mutually agreed with yourself and the instructor.
11. Arrive Early:
Get to the test centre 10 minutes early. This gives you time to relax, use the restroom if needed, and get comfortable with the environment.
12. Bring Necessary Documents:
Have your provisional license with you, if you don’t have it you cannot take your test.
13. Mental Preparation:
Stay calm. Practice deep breathing or meditation techniques if you feel anxious. Book instructor also offer a video performance coaching course to aid in your preparation.
14. Instructor Advice:
Have a final chat with your instructor. They can provide last-minute advice and reassurance. They have probably taken hundreds of learners before you on test and you are in safe hands – remember they would not let you use their car if they did not think you were ready!
15. Examiner Interaction:
Be polite to the examiner. Listen carefully to instructions and ask for clarification if needed. They may remain quiet for much of the test as they want you to be able to concentrate. You may use the radio on low volume to reduce the “awkward silence” you may feel.
16. Car Safety Checks / show me, tell me questions:
Remember to revise beforehand all the necessary safety checks for when you start and during the test. You should be familiar with all basic car controls and basic maintenance routines.
17. Stay Calm:
If you make a mistake, stay calm and focus on driving well for the rest of the test.
18. Follow Instructions:
Execute the instructions as you’ve practiced. Trust your training and knowledge.
19. Post-Test Debrief:
Regardless of the outcome, discuss the test with your instructor afterward. There’s valuable learning to be had in both passing and failing.
Being thoroughly prepared on the day of your driving test is essential. It’s not just about the quantity of practice you’ve had, but the quality of your preparation in the days leading up to the test.
Trust in your driving instructor’s guidance, your own experience, and the effort you’ve put into learning to drive. With the right mindset and preparation, you’re setting yourself up for the best chance of success.
Remember, the driving test is as much a test of your ability to remain calm and collected as it is a test of your driving skills. Good luck!