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!

Covid -19 update
Driving lessons will resume from 4th July for all pupil following the government guideline. The following Covid 19 measures are in place for the safety of the pupil and the driving instructors, these includes:
Driving instructors:
All instructors will declare whether they are Covid 19 symptoms free at the beginning of each lesson. We will ensure all instructors have face masks available during the day should they need to wear one. But it is up to the individual instructors and the pupil to decide what they would prefer during the lesson. Our instructors will be using the hand sanitiser every 20 mins during the lesson period. We will have the car windows half way down during lesson to keep it ventilated.

Covid 19 declaration for all pupil:
It is vital that you only book lessons if you are Covid 19 symptoms free. For more information on symptoms visit the NHS website for more details and guidance. Be aware we will ask you at the beginning of the lesson if you are symptom free. The driving instructor can refuse to give you a lesson if you are unwell and will be explained to you why on the day.

The driving school recommends face mask but it is not essential. Please bare in mind face mask do not protect you from Covid 19.
It is essential that all pupil sanitise or wash their hands before every lesson and after. Please avoid touching your face and eyes during the lesson period. During the lessons hand sanitiser will be available to use. Please ask the instructor when you would like to use it.
We advice all pupil to wear a suitable clothing which covers their arms and legs due to Covid 19.

Preparation of car:
We will do everything possible to keep the pupil and ourselves safe whilst on lesson. We will ensure the car surfaces are disinfected such as door handle, seat, seat belt, hand brake, gears, arm rest etc and any other surfaces. To confirm that is it safe for you next for your lesson. Your safety is our priority!
The used wipes, gloves or masks will be recycled after each lesson to avoid Covid 19 transmission.

Communication during lesson:
At the beginning of the lesson you will be greeted by the instructor outside the car. They’ll be at 2m distance and will explain to you what will happen during the lesson. Any queries you have please discuss with the instructor. Whilst in the car the driving instructor will avoid facing you due to Covid 19 but instead will look forward to communicate with you. If it becomes necessary to give you any detailed explanation during the lesson Instructor may ask you to step out of the car once parked at a safe place to explain the faults or to communicate something vital with you about your driving keeping the social distancing measure in place.

We thank all the pupil and the instructors for their support and understanding and we wish all the pupil and instructors best of luck with lessons.
For more information don’t hesitate to contact us.

Stay safe!

RSM Driving School