Driving Test Tips – How to Pass

If you’re looking for driving test tips, and you want to pass your driving test first time, then you’re in the right place.

So what do you need to know to get ready for the big day?

driving test tipsFirstly… chill out! The test is not the big scary monster that your mates have been telling you about. And neither are the examiners! They are are just ordinary people like you and me; and they’re not out to fail you. An examiner’s day is much more enjoyable if they get good drivers and can hand out passes. It means they have much less writing to do.

The test itself is fairly straightforward too. There’s nothing mysterious about it, and you will not have to do anything that you haven’t been practising with your driving instructor. And believe it or not, if there’s anything you’re not sure about you can just ask the examiner. Don’t worry, they are willing to help where they can!

Vehicle Checks

On the day, make sure that the car you are using is clean, tidy, and roadworthy. Don’t leave it to the last moment, driving test tips says check:

  • that your tyres are in good condition
  • your lights and indicators are working
  • the horn works
  • seatbelts are in working order
  • and that there are no warning lights on your dashboard

In addition, make sure your windows are clean and mirrors are not cracked.

If you’re in a driving school car, it’s your instructor’s responsibility to take care of all this. If you’re in a private car however, make sure you have an extra adjustable rear-view mirror for the examiner to use. Also, be careful to ensure that your ‘L’ plates are clearly visible, but not stuck in the windows where they may block the view.


Answering one of the ‘show me tell me’ questions is one of the first things you will have to do. Practise these regularly so that you’re confident in carrying out all the checks.

Dress comfortably, and get to the test centre in good time; but not so early that you’re sitting around waiting for too long.

Don’t do too much driving before you get there. It’s a good idea to have a drive to help settle yourself, but drive for too long and you will likely become tired and lose concentration.

Be pleasant and courteous to your examiner. Remember though that they have a job to do which requires them to make an impartial decision about your driving, so don’t try to be over friendly.

Once you get going, remember your training and just drive the way you were taught. Try not to worry if you make a mistake. Nobody drives perfectly and most mistakes will probably only result in a minor driving fault. The main thing is that you concentrate on what happens next.

If something does start to go wrong,  driving test tips says think about what you’re doing and don’t react in panic. Sometimes it’s not about the mess you get into, but how you get out of it. If you stay calm and act safely and sensibly, you can often rescue a situation. And as long as your examiner is satisfied that you’re capable of being safe even when you’re making mistakes (as long as they’re not serious), then you may well still earn yourself that pass certificate.

For more driving test tips read The Driving Test & How to Pass, available in eBook, paperback and PDF.

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