When it comes to taking your driving test and passing first time, preparation is key. We've put together some tips and advice to help you prepare for the big day.
Increase lessons in the lead-up to your test
In the weeks leading up to your driving test, you should increase the number of lessons you're having per week to get in as much extra practise time as possible. If you've previously been having 2-hours per week, for example, we would recommend doubling this as your test approaches. The more driving hours you can get in before your test, the better. As the old saying goes, practice makes perfect!
Keep track of your progress
It's important to keep track of your progress throughout your lessons, which is why we've made this easy to do using the DRIVE 321 app. Your driving instructor will help you track your progress after each lesson and will also provide regular feedback. Keeping a progress track will allow you to see any of your weaker areas that you need some more practice in. You will want to spend some extra time on these areas in the lead up to your test to ensure you've got them mastered.
The DVSA recommends that where possible, learners should have around 22 hours of additional private practice on top of their lessons with a qualified instructor. One of the most important things when it comes to passing your driving test is confidence. Confidence comes with practice, so the more time you can spend driving, the better.
Ask a friend or relative if they would be able to supervise you on some extra drives outside of your lessons. To be able to supervise you, they must be over the age of 21 and have held their full licence for over three years. You will also need to make sure you have the correct learner driver insurance in place.
You should squeeze in some extra practice time whenever possible! If your mum wants to pop to the shop, why not ask if you can drive her there while she supervises? All of these little drives add up and will significantly increase your confidence.
Don't take your eye off the ball
In between lessons, it's important you stay focused and keep your eyes on the prize (that shiny pink driving licence). One way to stay focused is through private practice, but you can also use online material and resources to keep your brain focused.
The DRIVE 321 learner hub is packed full of resources for our learners to use to help them learn faster and prepare them for their test. For example, our guide on how to calm nerves before your driving test is full of useful information and tips. Pupils learning with us also get access to the DRIVE 321 learner app, which has exclusive content as well as tips and tricks for passing your driving test quickly.
Take mock driving tests
Your DRIVE 321 instructor will perform regular mock driving tests with you throughout your time learning to drive. Mock tests are essential to get you used to test conditions and help settle your nerves as you will get an idea for what the real thing will be like. Your instructor will show you the driving test routes for your local test centre early on, so you will be familiar and confident with them when your test rolls around. Mock tests are also a good way for your instructor to identify any areas you may need some extra practice in, and they can help you get them perfected before your test.
Extra tips to prepare for your driving test
Now that we've shared the main ways to prepare for your driving test and smash it first time, there are some additional things you can do to help things run smoothly.
- Stay calm, learning how to deal with your driving test nerves will stop them getting the better of you
- Get organised early on - Make sure you know where your provisional licence is and print out your test booking confirmation just to be on the safe side
- Get a good nights sleep - Get an early night before your test so that you're well-rested and feel your best
- Don't tell too many people about your test - You may want to keep the number of people who know about your test to a minimum. The more people that know about it, the more pressure it puts on you