A guide for passing your driving test

Learning to drive can be a very exciting, but tense time in life. Some people are eager to get on the road as soon as they can, while others learn later in their life. Preparation is always key, regardless of when you take your driving test.

Here are a few tips to be mindful of ahead of your test, and what to do once you’ve passed!   

Firstly, You need a provisional licence

This can be ordered from the age of 15 years and 9 months, however, you cannot begin lessons or take your theory test until you are seventeen years old. It costs £34 for a provisional licence. You will need to send a few documents of identification to the DVLA too when you apply. 

Find A Good Instructor (Good Prices Typically £20-£25)

The person who is teaching you to drive plays a huge role in your learner journey. This is why it is important to find the right instructor for you. It is worth asking around and getting recommendations from friends and family who have passed their tests. Consider whether you would be able to get along with them (you’ll be in a car with them for many hours!) or if they offer lessons in areas where you are familiar with (such as close to your home). 

A good price range for a driving lesson is between £20 to £30 per hour. 

How many lessons should I take?

There are no set amount of lessons that you should have before booking your test. It’s just as long as you feel confident. Only you will know when you are ready to take your driving test. You can ask for reassurance from your instructor on whether they feel you are ready, but it is crucial that you feel happy with your ability.

Request a mock test from your instructor

Once you’ve had enough lessons and know the basics, you can ask your instructor for a mock test. This is where your instructor takes on the role of an assessor. They will let you know if you would have passed or failed. Once you have passed a mock test (or maybe two to make sure) then there is a good chance that you are ready to take your actual test. 

Test prices

It costs up to £75 for a practical driving test (depending on whether it falls on a bank holiday, evening or weekend or not) and £23 for a theory. It is important that you are ready, as repeated tests can add up should you fail. 

Ways to get over any nerves

There is nothing abnormal about feeling nervous ahead of your test. You have worked hard to reach this point, and now it is time to apply everything you have learned. 

Various expert sessions and webinars are available that can help you overcome pre-test nerves if you are particularly fretful. 

Learning To Drive With A Disability

There are plenty of brilliant specialist driving schools and schemes designed to cater to drivers with disabilities. They are able to modify and adapt their vehicles to suit different circumstances and with specialist instructors, they can help you learn to drive safely. 

About The Theory Test

It is recommended that you study this alongside preparing for your practical, or even pass it before you start your lessons so that you are well versed in both of the tests. There are plenty of practice theory tests available online, and your instructor may even provide you with some too. The theory test will require you to study outside of lesson time, and you are required to first pass your theory before you are allowed to take your practical driving test. 

The Hazard Perception Test

A key part of the theory test is the hazard perception test. You are presented with scenarios and you have to identify hazards as soon as they emerge. The faster you identify the hazards, the better your score will be. 

Your Practical

There is typically a four week waiting time for a practical test once you book it. It may be longer to wait currently due to the backlog that has been amassed since COVID. 

Try not to take your test during rush hour. This will mean fewer cars on the road, which can make driving easier. 

There are five things that are assessed during your driving test:

  • Your sight (can you read a number plate from a specific distance etc)
  • Your understanding of vehicle functions (also kown as the ‘show me, tell me’ part of the test)
  • Ability to drive (stops at the roadside, pulling out, etc)
  • Reversing
  • Independence

When your test is over, you’ll receive your results. 

Don’t let failure discourage you

It can be quite upsetting to hear that you have failed your test. However, how you bounce back is what matters. Learner drivers shouldn’t be defined by their failed tests. As disappointing as it may be, you are not alone if you fail your first driving test. Over half of first-time drivers fail their tests, according to national statistics.

You should take note of the feedback your assessor gave you, and try to book another one as soon as possible.  Note that there is a ten day minimum wait until you can book another test. 

Now You’ve Passed… It’s Time For Your First Car!

Once you’ve received your certificate, there’s only one thing left to do – get your first car. You can often get insurance on a vehicle that is shared with a family member or partner. However, if you need a new vehicle outright, Caryy is the place to go. Insurance can be expensive for new drivers, and it can be difficult to get approved for car loans. However, at Caryy, we go above and beyond to help you secure financing for your first car. To learn more about what Caryy can do for you, request a quote today. 

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