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The UK Driving Test is designed to check whether or not the learner driver (provisional licence holder) has reached the minimum driving standard across a variety of types of roads and junctions, plus certain reversing exercises (manoeuvres). The aim of the UK driving test is to make sure that all newly qualified drivers are safe competent drivers, capable of driving safely on their own.
The practical driving test normally lasts between 40-45 minutes and will include one of the four set manoeuvres and you may also be asked to carry out an emergency stop (approximately 1 in 3 tests conduct an emergency stop).
You should arrive at the test centre in good time, ideally 10 minutes before your test is due to start, with a suitable vehicle which is appropriately insured and licensed and displaying L-plates correctly. Don’t forget to check out our driving test centres page for more information on your local test centre.
Make sure that you have the correct documents with you, as without these you will not be able to take your test and will lose your test fee. The documents you must bring with you are:
- Driving licence, both parts of the photo licence (photo & paper) or if the older style paper licence the licence plus a valid passport.
- Your theory test pass certificate (unless you are exempt).
How To Pass Driving Test Tip: It is always a good idea to double check your appointment details to make sure that you don’t arrive for your test at the wrong test centre, time or even day! It really does happen, so make sure it doesn’t happen to you.
After parking you will need to wait in the test centre waiting room. The examiner will come out at the allotted time (as per your appointment letter/email) and will ask to see your documents and for you to sign the declaration confirming that the vehicle you will be using is insured for the purposes of the test and that you have been resident in the UK for at least 185 days in the last 12 months.
To book you practical driving test, we would strongly suggest using the official (Driving Standards Agency) online service. Make sure you have your driving licence, theory test certificate and means of payment with you before starting the online booking. To book online click here to go to the DSA online booking page.
The Highway Code applies to England, Scotland and Wales and is essential reading for everyone.
If you have driven through deep water your brakes may be less effective. Test them at the first safe opportunity by pushing gently on the brake pedal to make sure that they work. If they are not fully effective, gently apply light pressure while driving slowly. This will help to dry them out.
In winter check the local weather forecast for warnings of icy or snowy weather. DO NOT drive in these conditions unless your journey is essential. If it is, take great care and allow more time for your journey. Take an emergency kit of de-icer and ice scraper, torch, warm clothing and boots, first aid kit, jump leads and a shovel, together with a warm drink and emergency food in case you get stuck or your vehicle breaks down.
The more you can do to prepare yourself now before your practical driving test the greater the chance of you passing your driving test first time.
Clearly your aim must be to pass your UK practical driving test first time! So why do you need to do anything more than just take driving lessons and when your instructor says you are ready you simply turn up at the test centre, take and pass your driving test 1st time!
Well you could try this (please don’t!) but first consider the following:
The current national pass rate (2013-2014) is under 50% which means that less than half the people taking the UK practical driving test pass. This is an incredibly low figure when you consider that an DVSA approved driving instructor (ADI) will only let a pupil take the practical driving test if they believe the learner can drive to the test standard. So why are over half the learners failing the driving test and what can you do to make sure you are not in the 50% that fail their driving test? Check out your local pass rates on our test centre pages.
Driving test nerves, lack of planning and not being able to drive to your normal driving standard on the driving test are the main reasons for failing the practical test. These problems can manifest themselves in a variety of ways and situations such as: Poor clutch control (stalling). Leaving things to late, such as not planning that traffic lights may change or braking late for a junction. Struggling to make decisions as you would normally do possibly when dealing with parked vehicles and oncoming traffic or emerging onto a roundabout.
So what can you do to help yourself deal with the above problems so that you can drive to your best and pass your driving test? The good news is if you really want to pass there are ways you can improve your driving and pass 1st time.
First you will need to be prepared to put in a little bit of preparation time and effort before your test, as without good preparation for your test your chances of passing first time are not great. Don’t just take our word for it take a look at the DSA’s own driving test centre statistic’s (see our test centres page). However with just a very small amount of extra preparation before the test the difference in the numbers of pupils passing is huge!
So what extra preparation will help me pass my driving test?
There are a number of excellent proven methods that really work such as visualization, quick recall and hypnosis (to help with nerves). These are the 3 main ones we have found that make the biggest difference to learners passing their test.
- Visualization: Use of this technique really helps to re-enforce known skills, rules and routines that are essential for safe driving. Usually using carefully selected keywords and phrases to help the user think through a skill or situation, such as approaching and dealing safely with a junction. By regularly using this technique ether one to one with a professional or with professionally prepared learning materials such as the “Secret” the user can greatly improve their driving and in particular their ability to drive well under test conditions.
- Quick recall; This is a really simple but very effective method normally using professionally prepared “Secret” revision cards to enable the user to quickly remember key pieces of information and routines. This may be a well known method, but surprisingly little used for the driving test. This is a real mistake as it has been proven to work extremely well for the driving test.
- Hypnosis: There are people who swear it works and those who don’t believe in it. All we can say is from our experience learners/students who have used hypnosis to help them cope with tests have generally felt it really helps.
Now all you need to do is read through the various methods available to you and decide which ones will suit you best and then you can pass your driving test with confidence. Your full driving licence is waiting for you, so what are you waiting for, read what is on offer and pass your driving test.
How to pass your driving test tip:
This is a rather long tip but a really important one, so we would strongly suggest taking the time to try this before your test.
A few weeks prior to the test I always ask my pupils if there is anything about their drive they are worried about. Not only will this give us time to work on these worries, but also to try and dispel some of the areas the pupil doesn’t actually need to worry about. Let me give you an example:
When asked about any worries to do with their driving prior to the test one of my pupils said that they still couldn’t do their manoeuvres. Now knowing their driving I knew they could do each of the manoeuvres however I needed to convince the pupil of this. So I asked them a series of questions.
First I asked them if they could do the parking and left reverse manoeuvres and they said yes, but they couldn’t do the turn in the road. So we had already reduced the areas of worry by 75%.
Next I asked could they control the speed of the car and still do quick steering, plus carry out effective observation. They answered yes.
Finally I asked can you judge the distance to the kerbs. They answered no! So we had identified the actual worry. So we discussed this element of the manoeuvre and agreed that although they didn’t always get this spot on they normally stopped a bit far from the kerb resulting in them sometimes needing to take two extra turns to complete the manoeuvre. The good news is this was only likely to result in one driving fault.
After discussing and talking through my pupils worries they were no longer anywhere near as worried about their test and the good news the pupil went on to pass their test first time.
So try it yourself analyse exactly what you are “really” worried about, it really does help.
The cost of learning to drive with lessons and tests can be very expensive so why not save yourself ££££s by using the “Secret”?
The current cost of the driving test is £62.00 add to this the use of the instructors car this will take the cost of a driving test to over £100. Now that’s a lot of money to spend on a test if you are not sure you are going to pass!
One of the driving schools who now recommends the “Secret” to all their pupils have seen a 25% rise in their pupils passing their practical driving test first time since recommending the “Secret”. Not only has the number passing first time dramatically increased but their pupils are also needing less lessons!
We are not sure how the driving instructor feels about their pupils needing less lessons as they are not earning as much money, but its great for you the pupil as less lessons and tests means you can save a huge amount of money!
So if you want to pass 1st time and save money then look no further you have just found the “Secret”.
The Driving Test Secret is a cleverly devised system using both visualization and quick recall techniques to increase a pupil’s ability to drive correctly to be able to drive at their best under the pressures of the driving test pass their UK Practical Driving Test.
First created in 2009 The Driving Test “Secret” has helped learners across the UK achieve their goal of passing their UK practical driving test First time.
The Driving Test “Secret” Revision Cards.
The Driving Test “Secret” revision cards have been successfully helping learner drivers pass their UK DSA Practical Driving test since 2009. But don’t just take our word for it.
Want to know what other learner drivers have been saying about the driving test secret and the secret revision cards?
“These revision cards really helped. I wasn’t anywhere near as nervous as I thought I would be. I will recommend them to all my friends”. Alice. Passed 1st time!
We all want to pass our driving test first time, so do as Alice did and use a proven method so that you to can pass your practical driving test 1st time.
Driving Test Tip: Don’t just look in your mirrors, think why you are looking in them and how what you see may effect your actions. For instance looking in your mirrors but still signalling to early or late and in doing so causing a problem to following drivers is almost as bad as not looking at all!
Sign & Road Markings Revision Cards.
You may have learnt what the various signs and road markings mean for the theory test, but do you know how to interpret them correctly when actually driving.
Exclusive to Your Online Driving Test Expert, these sign and road markings revision cards cover many of the most widely encountered signs and markings. Regular use of these revision cards will help the learner, not only to recognise the signs and markings, but also how the signs and road markings may effect the way you need to drive. Just as with the excellent Driving Test Revision Cards regular use of these revision cards will help anyone learning to drive, towards their goal of passing the driving test 1st time!
Designed by Driving Standards Agency Approved Driving Instructor (DSA ADI) the professionals in teaching you to drive in the UK. Read more…
Show Me How Manoeuvres.
This excellent e-book details essential techniques, observations and vital information on how to practice the manoeuvres used on the UK practical driving test. Written by a very experienced DSVA ADI who shares their 17 years of experience teaching the L-Test manoeuvres.
Worried about your manoeuvres? Don’t worry with our help you can pass first time.
There are 24 pages of help and advice including diagrams covering the 4 test manoeuvres.
- Turn in the road.
- Left reverse (around a corner).
- Reverse park (road).
- Reverse park (car park).
Providing you with all the information and advice you will need to master each of these manoeuvres. Each manoeuvre is dealt with separately and covers:
- What the examiner will ask you to do.
- How to complete the manoeuvre (techniques).
- Skills needed.
Basic Controls such as clutch and brake control are also covered . In fact everything you will need to know for the driving test manoeuvres. Read more..
Pass Your Driving Test/ Driving Nerves.
This superb high quality hypnotherapy CD by the UK’s best selling hypnotherapist Glenn Harrold, combines powerful clinical hypnotherapy techniques with state of the art digital recording technology. This title is part of the highly successful Diviniti Publishing Hypnosis range, which has sold over 500,000 units and is well established as the UK’s best selling self-help audiotape and CD series.
“After having failed twice , i decided to try something new , so i bought this cd and after listening to it the 2 weeks before my test i passed. I noticed a difference in my driving as well i became more relaxed and this made my driving better, well worth it” Just one of many recommendations for this excellent product.
How To Pass Driving Test Tip: Think about what you eat and drink prior to your test. A sudden sugar rush may make you feel good at the time, however is normally followed by an equally sudden drop resulting in reduced energy levels and concentration. Not a good idea just before your driving test!
The Private Driving Practice Handbook (Teach Yourself 2 Drive).
Private driving practice can be an extremely good way of helping you to prepare for and pass your UK practical driving test. That is as long as this practice is done correctly! If the driving practice is not well structured and planned it can easily have a negative effect reducing your chances of passing your driving test and potentially can be very dangerous!
Driving instructors under go a considerable amount of training and exams/tests before they are ready to instruct. With many instructors, including the author of this handbook continuing to improve their teaching techniques over many years of tuition. It is therefore highly unlikely that anyone, however good a driver they are will have all the skills and experience needed to assist the learner in a series of well structured and safe private driving practice.
Unfortunately over the 18 years of being an DVSA ADI i have heard some real horror stories of learners practicing with family or friends when not properly prepared, such as accidents (including cars written off) and injuries. However by far the most common problem is that if the practice is not done correctly it seriously reduces the learners ability to be able to pass their driving test. Failing the test ends up costing you all the money and more that you were hoping to save! Not a good idea.
However with the help and advice from this handbook this private driving practice can be greatly improved. The result is really useful additional practice and the learner being better prepared to pass their driving test 1st time. Remember passing first time will save you a lot of money too!
The Girls’ Guide To Losing Your L-Plates: How to Pass Your Driving Test
Well the title really says it all THE GIRLS’ GUIDE TO LOSING YOUR L-PLATES is a great practical and fun book for every girl learning to drive in the UK. Covering choosing a driving instructor through driving lessons and taking and passing the DSA UK theory and practical driving tests.
A great fun read.