Tips on How to Pass Your Driving Test First Time

Here are a few tips From RSM Driving School on how to pass your driving test first time. Learning to drive can come easier to some than it does to others and for a lot of people taking your driving test can be a daunting prospect. Failing the theory or practical test can be a demoralising experience and can destroy your confidence which can only make things harder when you do get to take your second attempt. Here are some quick tips and advice to help you to pass your driving test with flying colours.

Passing Your Theory and Hazard Perception Test

The first step to achieving your driving license is passing the theory and hazard perception test. The best advice I can give you here is simply to study, study, study. Learn the road signs, speed limits in various zones and study the highway code. a lot of the theory test questions really just come down to general knowledge and common sense, but this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t spend a lot of time revising. The hazard perception test can be practiced online and it’s well worth having ago to familiarise yourself with exactly what to expect

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When taking your practical test stay calm, relaxed and be confident in your ability.

The day of the practical test can make a lot of people very nervous. If you are feeling the nerves it’s worth reminding yourself that you are taking the test because your driving instructor believes you are ready. If your nerves are really bad it might be worth mentioning it to the examiner who might be a little more sympathetic especially at the beginning until you settle into the test.

When having your driving lessons with your instructor it would be beneficial to learn the test routes to familiarise yourself with the roads and signs on each individual test route.

Don’t rush, take your time and listen carefully to the instructions.

Pay attention to road traffic signs and stay within the speed limits at all times. Your examiner will be watching to see if you are using your mirrors correctly, when you do, make sure you actually see what is in your mirrors so you can promptly react to any hazards. Just moving your head towards your mirrors will not be enough, bare this in mind and check them regularly.

Don’t get too close to the car in front of you, keep a safe distance. A 2 second rule is a good guide, this means finding a stationary object on the left, such as a lamp post, tree or a parked vehicle. When the car in front reaches the stationary object think to yourself only a fool will break the 2 second rule. If you have passed the stationary object before you finish the sentence you are too close and need to drop back, a much greater distance is needed in wet, icy and foggy weather, this will give you more time to react if the car in front should suddenly come to a halt. Drive as smoothly as possible, don’t accelerate too fast or brake to harshly, lots of people are marked with a fault for being too hard on the brakes.

When stopping at junctions and traffic lights take care not to cross over the lines marked out on the road. Steer smoothly and precisely, be sure to place your hands in the correct position on the steering wheel and stay in the correct lane. Always remember to use the appropriate mirrors just before indicating when turning left or right or changing lanes, timing is important, too early or too late could result in a minor or serious fault.

I hope these tips help you to pass your driving test at the first attempt and you will soon be free to take to the roads and go wherever you may please. Good luck!