Hi everyone, it has been a long time since I posted on here, but I have been lacking inspiration and to be honest, I have just been working constantly. Although I have wanted to write so much, I didn’t want to rush a post and it be half-arsed..
Today, I will be talking about my experience when having driving lessons, as well as my experience on the actual driving test, and any tips and tricks that I feel like may help you when trying to pass your driving test.
So, last Monday was the day that I passed my driving test on my first attempt, and in only 18 lessons! I put a lot of this down to the confidence I had gained quickly due to the instructor I had, and also from asking as many questions as possible so that you are being proactive and constantly thinking about your actions on the road.
I would recommend finding an instructor that will keep you facing challenges each time you have a lesson, and make sure you feel like you are making progress! At the end of the day, driving lessons can be expensive, so you want to be making sure you are getting the most out of them in each hour session you have.
For your theory, I highly regard the Driving Test Theory 4-in-1 kit which helps you with not only theory practice questions, but also an in-depth hazard perception section and finally, a ‘show me, tell me’ section – all of which will guide you to easy success for your theory if you put in the effort!
I wouldn’t worry too much about the show me, tell me questions until after your theory, as these are only on your practical test.
Before moving on to my experience during the practical part of the driving test, just remember that every learner driver is going to make mistakes at some point, whether that be on every lesson or every few lessons. Just make sure you ask questions after your mistake so that you can learn how to improve and not make the same mistakes in the future! 🙂
Now, the practical test was suuuuper daunting, but once I was in the car and settled with my examiner, the nerves quickly seem to disappear as you become more focused on the drive you are about to undertake. The examiner will also ask questions like “James, what would you be doing if you weren’t doing this driving test today?”. This helps build light conversation and gets rid of any awkwardness and nerves that you may have before your test!
Make sure before booking your practical that you know how to perform every manoeuvre including the emergency stop, and also make sure that you have practiced the show me, tell me questions as you will be asked these on your test.
Personally, I had to perform a reverse park (reverse parallel park) for my manoeuvre and follow a sat-nav for part of my test. One tip that I would give is to not think to much about what you are doing when on your test, you should just drive like normal, like you have been doing on your lessons – the only difference should be that there is a different person sat next to you!
To any of you that are taking your driving lessons or have your driving theory test or practical test soo, I wish you the very best of luck! Just don’t worry too much, I know it can be easier said than done but once you are sat with the examiner you will realise it is not as bad as it first seemed!
I hope you enjoyed this post, and I shall speak to you all soon! Have a great day!