Driving Tests - What to remember

The important thing to remember when taking driving tests is to keep your cool. Relax, breathe and just drive naturally. Chances are if you have had a decent instructor you will be a great driver anyway. A wise move to make before you take your driving test is to book a lesson beforehand, to settle you into driving before you meet the examiner!

The examiner is not your enemy, although it can be daunting taking driving tests in complete silence with a stranger. Just remember they have your best interests at heart and they will not fail you for the sake of it.

There are a lot of rumours surrounding driving tests and “quotas” that must be filled that result in a lot of people failing, but the fact of the matter is, is that if you fail your driving test you were not ready to take it in the first place, so make sure you are confident before booking. All driving tests are conducted by the Driving Standards Agency - DSA.

As it happens you may not pass your first driving test, but this is not uncommon and many people fail their first, second and sometimes eighth driving test before they pass, so do not be discouraged, simply try again. This may seem unappealing due to the high cost involved with driving tests, which is another reason to ensure you are fully confident before taking your driving test.

It is essential to remember when taking DSA driving tests that there is the chance you may encounter individuals on the road who are not exactly the best drivers themselves or maybe even a traffic accident. If this happens to occur during any driving tests you may be taking keep your cool and remember you need to concentrate on your driving, not anybody else on the road.

Of course you cannot even sit your driving test without passing your driving theory test, so take your knowledge from this examination and put it into practice should something happen. If you make a mistake on your driving test, whether during a manoeuvre or driving, do not point this error out to the examiner, simply correct yourself and carry on.

If you have to do something unorthodox, for example, you need to mount the curb for whatever reason, make sure you inform the examiner of this before you do this and you should be ok. Your driving instructor can inform you of any other tips of this nature to use in your driving test.


Pass Plus Driving Tests

Once you pass your DSA driving test you can go in for the pass plus driving tests scheme. The pass plus scheme started in 1995, due to the fact that new drivers have accidents more often in the initial two years following driving tests. The pass plus scheme plans to develop new drivers' confidence various conditions they have not experienced during their driving lessons.

If pass plus is taken in the first twelve months of passing a driving test it can drastically lower your insurance. After driving tests, pass plus is the sensible route to follow to ensure you are a fully competent driver. Pass plus consists of six modules, each module covering a separate area of driving.

These include driving in town, driving in all weather conditions, out of town driving, driving at night, dual carriageways and motorway driving. So as you can see the driving test itself isn't the daunting part, and learning how to experience these different conditions will ensure you are the best driver on the road.

Some of these modules may only be covered in theory if a practical session can not be taken, for example if it is summer it may be unlikely you can learn night-time driving. But you will still learn everything you need to know. The scheme takes around 6 hours and you dont sit an exam at the end, easing the pressure you may experience. At the end of the course you receive a certificate to show you are a competent driver, so you can enjoy knowing you are capable of driving in all environments.

After you complete your pass plus, you may want to look into extending your driving competence by looking into advanced driving tests, such as minibus driving tests. These are a handy thing to have, especially if you are looking for a job where you may be called upon to drive a different vehicle, for example in the Police Force.

There are driving test centres across the country where you can take your examination. The price varies from day to day, for example on Saturday's the cost has an increase, so it may be worth assessing this before you phone up. Generally when you submit yourself for a driving test you will be required to join a waiting list, but usually you do not have to wait much longer than a fortnight for driving tests to become available.

It is important to consider when you book your driving test the time of day you drive the best, for example you may get off to a bad start if driving in the morning, so opt for an afternoon slot. Whatever you decide just remember everything you learned in your driving lessons and keep calm and you should be fine. Take a lesson to ease yourself in prior to your driving test taking place. Good luck and look forward to receiving your driving license in the post!