When it comes to passing the Practical driving Test some learner driver’s have an uphill battle, dealing with multiple failures and much disappointment. Some learner drivers give up altogether.
So how can you tip the odds in favour of passing a Practical Driving Test?
1: Learn the routes.
Each Driving Test Centre will have set of test routes that are designed to be quite challenging in terms of road layouts and traffic density.
The examiners are not there to trick you, but it is a test of driving ability.
The best advice that we can give you is to ensure that you are very familiar with all the quirks of the test routes used by your nominated Driving Test Centre.
Now there are some Driving Instructors that would say “well if a candidate can drive they should be able to do it anywhere”. Sure in real life yes, but in real life a person wouldn’t have an imposing man or women in a high visibility jacket sitting next to them with a clip board! It’s very easy to forget the human factors involved in taking a driving test, that either result in a pass or fail.
Everyone that takes a driving test is nervous, however being totally familiar with the routes leaves one thing less to worry or stress about.
2: Mock Test
If you cast your mind back to school days, for some this might be right now, how were you assessed as being ready for your GCSE’s or A Levels?
Yes that’s right a Mock Test.
These are a great little tool for assessing skills and knowledge under pressure, which is a good thing. Many driving test candidates drive perfectly well with their Driving Instructors on lessons, which are performed in an educational context. However mention the word “test”, bring out a clip board with a form and things seem to fall apart.
Again the human factors that can negatively affect our performance should not be underestimated. The advice here is to always ask for a couple of mock tests in order to test and build up resilience to the pressure of a test situation.
3: Another View
Some learners pass a mock driving test with their instructors, but experience multiple failures on the real Practical Driving Test.
The answer to this unfortunate situation could simply be associated with the pressure situation dealt with above. If you are a learner driver that has taken a couple of mock driving tests and then experienced a real driving test and failed, you will know how you felt and how you performed on the real practical driving test, when compared again the mock test’s that you took? If you know that the pressure caused a large differential in performance between the real and mock tests then you have probably found the problem.
However if that not the case you may ask yourself, “does my Instructor know what is required from me to pass a Practical Driving Test?”
At Kings Hill Driving School, we only work from the Sevenoaks Driving Test Centre and therefore have total familiarity with the test routes used by the D.V.S.A. Driving Test Examiners. In addition we have two Driving Instructors (ADI’s) Mark and Charlotte, so are able to offer our students more realistic mock driving tests.
We also happy to mock driving test pupils that come to us from other driving schools where training has taken place in the Sevenoaks area.