How to pass the driving test

It's understandable to be nervous on your driving test. Test nerves are the cause of a lot of test failures. Try to imagine that you are just
on another driving lesson and channel the nerves into something useful such as concentrating hard on the road ahead and
any potential hazards.

If your driving instructor has told you that you are ready to take the test, then this should be a confidence boost in itself. Driving
instructors are professionals and will only tell you this if they are absolutely confident that you are ready.

Don't forget you are a learner. The test examiner isn't expecting you to drive like a professional. He or she wants
to see you drive safely by obeying the rules of the road and keeping good control.

One of the biggest reasons for driving test failure is inappropriate speed, usually at junctions.
When you are approaching a junction, left or right turn or a roundabout, take it nice and slow. Take a very
good look at the road you are going into and use appropriate speed. By taking it slow on approach it will give
you plenty of time to look at the road you are going into, enabling you to select the correct gear and speed.

Look well ahead for any potential hazards. Any potential hazard you may spot, talk yourself through what you might need to do. If for instance you see a pedestrian crossing, look up and down the crossing to see if you can spot anyone waiting. If there is, then think to yourself the lights may well change. If you spot a cyclist, think to yourself is is clear to go round? Is there enough room to go round? If it doesn't seem safe for you, the cyclist or other road users to go round, then stay back until it is. Seems obvious but learners on their test too desperate to make progress is a reason for many test fails. If it doesn't seem safe, hold back until it is.

You will be expected to perform two manoeuvres on your test. Turn in the road, left reverse, parallel park or bay parking. If there is any time in the test the examiner is going to be lenient, this is it. When you are performing a manoeuvre you have complete control. If at any point it goes wrong, correct it. If it means pulling forward for example, tell the examiner that you are going to pull forward a little to correct. Ensure you do this safely with appropriate observations. Even if you manage to hit the curb at the end for example, ask the examiner if you can try the manoeuvre again. Time permitting, he or she may well let you. Keep persisting until you get it right and chances are you will pass the test.

During your test, listen to the examiners directions very carefully. If in the slightest doubt what he or she said, ask them to repeat.

If during your test you take the incorrect lane, try and get in the correct lane safely by use of mirrors and signal. If for what ever reason you cannot get in the correct lane, don't panic. Stay in the lane that you are in and the examiner will take you on a slightly different route.

Keep to the appropriate speed. If the speed limit is 30mph, the road is safe and clear, then drive at 30mph. Always keep to the speed limit if it is safe to do so. Driving unnecessarily slow is another reason for test failure.