Keep Calm and Pass

If you’re learning to drive and preparing for your test then make sure you have the right attitude. Your attitude towards driving can make the difference between your test going well or not so well. If you think you’re the best driver in the world, then you’re likely to display overconfidence and possibly make silly mistakes. Here are some tips to help you be the best that you can be during your test.

Make sure you know the Highway Code inside out as many of the rules contained within it are legal requirements. You can avoid making serious faults by knowing and understanding the legal requirements of any road situation. Knowing it really well will also make you feel more confident and help you to remain calm during the test. It will make you a better driver in the long run and give you the ability to make quick decisions while driving so avoiding the risk of being hesitant and becoming a hazard. For Wellingborough Driving Lessons, visit

The average number of instruction hours needed is 47 plus 20 hours of private practice. This will differ depending on your individual needs but don’t be tempted to take the test early on to save money on lessons and this may end up costing you more in the long run, if you fail multiple times. Only apply for your practical when you feel 100% ready as that lots of practice and a calm attitude will pay dividends in the test environment.

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Take a look at the most common reasons why people fail their test and focus on getting those right. Most common faults include observation failures when moving off, reverse parking and at junctions and roundabouts. Failure to signal properly, giving a confusing signal or not canceling a signal are other faults that are easily rectified. Poor positioning of your hands on the steering wheel, if it affects control can also negatively affect the result of your test. Also be aware of other faults such as not reacting to what you see in the mirrors, hesitation and not driving at the appropriate speed for the weather or traffic conditions.

Preparation is the key and will make you calm and quietly confident. Make sure you get plenty of sleep the night before and eat a good breakfast. Keep the day free of having to do anything else so you’re not rushing or feeling unduly stressed. Make sure you don’t forget to take your glasses, if you need them, your theory test pass certificate and your photocard driving licence, to the test centre. Dress smart and be polite, no matter how your examiner responds to you. This will make you feel better, more together and responsible.

Don’t be too hard on yourself if it doesn’t go all that well. If you know you usually drive well, it’s probably nerves or a bit of bad luck that might have affected you on that particular day. If you’ve prepared then it will happen for you, just make sure you know the vehicle, know the area and know what you’ll be tested on. Oh and practice, practice, practice!

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