The day has finally arrived...
So what can you do to give yourself the best chance of passing? Provided you have listened to your driving instructor and booked your driving test when you were ready, you can rest assured your instructor believes in you and knows you are good enough to pass….so now you need to put yourself in the best position possible to ensure you go and nail it!
1. GET YOUR DOCUMENTS READY
You don’t want to be rushing around and panicking just before your instructor arrives to pick you up. Get your provisional licence and theory test certificate ready the night before your test and put them in a safe place. The most important document is the provisional licence, your test definitely won’t go ahead without it! Theory test certificate isn’t so important, but worth taking should you be asked for it. If you pay as you go you will owe your driving instructor the money for the hour before your test and the hour that you are hiring/taking their car out on your test.
2. THINK POSITIVELY
Your instructor would not have let you bring their car to test if they didn’t have confidence in you passing! Remember that! As soon as you get up in the morning, tell yourself that you are going to do it!
3. MAKE SURE YOU EAT A GOOD BREAKFAST
Even though you may be nervous and have lost your appetite eating breakfast is very important. Research has shown that your brain needs food to concentrate, so give yourself some food for thought! Dress comfortably, and to Impress, put clothes on that make YOU feel good and If you own a pair of lucky pants, this is the day to put them on!
4. SET YOUR ALARM IN PLENTY OF TIME
Your driving instructor will arrive in plenty of time to allow you to warm up before your test. You definitely don't want to be oversleeping on the day of your test! Your instructor knows exactly what time you need to pull up in the test centre, so don’t worry about that, just make sure you are ready with your documents when the instructor arrives! A last minute dash to the test centre might not do those nerves any good!
That some nervousness is normal and that it can improve your performance. Nerves become adrenaline and will focus you.
6. LISTEN CAREFULLY TO THE EXAMINER'S INSTRUCTIONS
Act on them in good time, and ask for them to be repeated if you didn’t hear clearly or fully understand!
7. BETTER GO THE WRONG WAY SAFELY, THAN THE CORRECT WAY UNSAFELY
Should you find yourself in a wrong lane, the most important thing is to be safe. If it isn’t safe to correct yourself, just go the wrong way! Don’t panic, Remember you aren’t being marked on whether you go the correct way, you are being marked on your driving ability and safety. Going the wrong way might result in a driving fault but it won’t necessarily be a fail as long as you go the wrong way safely!
8. IF YOU COME ACROSS A NEW SITUATION
Hold back and assess it carefully before you decide to proceed - and be prepared to change your decision if necessary.
9. GOOD LUCK!!
You have got this…..Go and BOSS IT!
WHAT OUR LEARNERS SAY
Sara Nina Shahruddin - Bedford
This is a difficult question for us to answer, as all students will learn at their own pace. The national average is around 45 hours of tuition with an instructor. Although this is a statistic published by the DVSA and we have found that these figures can vary greatly from one learner to the next. Some students will learn a lot quicker, whilst others may take longer.
Yes, we offer block booking discounts on our regular lesson prices. If you buy a block of 10 hours you will receive a discount. More information on our current lesson rates and block booking discounts can be found here.
Yes you will need to have received your provisional license before booking your first driving lesson. If a lesson is booked in with an instructor and you do not have your license, the lesson cannot go ahead. By law, we need to see your license on your very first lesson.
No, you can start your lessons at any time, and you do not have to have passed your theory test before you start your practical lessons. We offer access to the Theory Test Pro Programme for all our learners. Many of our learners have found revising for the theory while having practical lessons actually helps them understand aspects of the theory better. We would recommend that you study your theory whilst taking your practical driving lessons.
Yes, if you have any preference at all on who you would like to learn with, please let us know, and we will do everything we can to try and fit you into their diary as quickly as possible.
Your first lesson will be based on your current level of ability. Generally, if you have never driven before, your instructor will drive you to a suitable location to ensure your safety whilst getting used to the car. This might be in a car park or on a quiet road. You will then go through with your instructor setting the car up so that you are comfortable and in the correct position to drive, your instructor will then explain some of the basic controls of the car. We aim to get everybody driving on their first lesson, the focus being on moving off and stopping safely. Depending on the length of the lesson and your previous knowledge/experience you may start looking at gears and junctions too.
This depends on your diary and the instructor’s diary, for example many of our learner who study have week 1 & week 2 timetables. This means they need a different lesson time or day each week. Our instructors will do their best to accommodate your availability each week to ensure you receive a weekly lesson.