How to prepare for your practical test

How to prepare for your practical test

As you go through the process of learning to drive, you may not even really notice how much progress you’re making – but you are learning so much! Soon enough, you and your instructor will decide that you’re ready to take your test, and that is a big moment because it means that your instructor thinks that you have the skills and knowledge to drive unsupervised on the roads – yay!

Once you’ve booked your test, it’s natural for the nerves to start kicking in and it’s important to try and make sure that you don’t start doubting your ability. A few jitters are absolutely fine and it’s good not to be over confident, but don’t worry yourself out of passing! We hope that this article will give you some tips for preparing to take your practical test.

1. Believe in yourself

Yep, play an inspiring Disney song and soak it in! It might sound quite cliché and even a touch nauseating, but you really do need to believe in yourself – your instructor has recommended that you book your test because they think you’re ready. Take a slice of that confidence and make sure that you remember it as the big day gets nearer, then arrives. It’s not a guarantee that you’ll pass, but it is a big part of feeling prepared.

2. Get some extra practice

If you can do some private lessons in a friend’s or family member’s car, then this can prove invaluable. It’s great to experience how a different car feels and drives, to get used to checking mirrors and blind spots from a different position if the car is a different model to your instructor’s, and any additional practice can only serve to make those driving skills feel more natural to you.

Legally, whoever is next to you in the driving seat must be over the age of 21, and have held a full UK driving licence for the type of vehicle you’re in, for at least 3 years. You also need to have adequate insurance for yourself on the car, and should double check with your insurance provider what their requirements are for who supervises you.

It can also be worth having an extra lesson or two with your instructor to focus specifically on anything that you don’t feel sure about. You’ll probably also have a lesson on the day of your test, so before that have a think about what you want to cover.

3. Revise

Passing your Theory Test doesn’t mean that you no longer need to think about the Highway Code or hazard perception skills! These things are crucial to being a good driver, so make sure that you continue to revise and remember key points such as road signs, rules of the road, speed limits, and the two-second rule, for when you’re driving. They will soon start to become second nature and won’t weigh so heavily on your mind.

4. Avoid overwhelm

We know how much you want to pass, but remember that your life doesn’t depend on it! If you don’t pass this time then you’ll have points to focus on for next time – don’t allow the idea of your test to be so overwhelming that it feels like the biggest thing in the whole world. It’s important and it’s a big deal, but don’t let it get out of perspective.

5. Eat – but not too much!

Make sure that you don’t skip any meals before your test, but don’t stuff yourself silly so that you’ll feel sluggish and tired during your test.

Many people recommend having a banana before your test, because they contain Vitamin B, which can help to calm your nerves thanks to tryptophan; a type of protein that the body converts into the ‘happy hormone’ serotonin.

Hopefully these simple tips will prove helpful as you prepare for your practical driving test. If you’ve got any other stress-busting methods that may help your fellow learner drivers, then let us know over on Facebook!


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