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Are you looking for driving test tips? Such as revising your road signs ahead of your theory test or combatting the nerves ahead of your practical test.

Theory driving test tips

Revise and be prepared for the test; the fact is less than 50% of people taking the theory test pass at the first attempt.

  • Make sure you book your theory test via the official website. Be careful – some companies act as middlemen, booking a test for you but charging an additional fee.
  • Revise for the theory test using up to date materials. Questions and guidelines change over time, so borrowing your sister’s notes from when she passed in the 1990s isn’t a good idea.
  • Remember that the second part of your theory test is hazard perception. DVDs are available from the DVSA to help you practice this at home.
  • Leave plenty of time to get to your test on time, remembering you’ll need to read the rules and sign some paperwork before you’re allowed to begin.
  • Make sure you take your provisional driving licence.

For more advice, view our full guide to the driving theory test and what to expect on the day.

Practical driving test tips

  • As with the theory test, make sure you book your driving test via the official channels. This way you won’t be charged any additional fees by unscrupulous companies.
  • If your local test centre is booked up for a long while, book a test a couple of months in the future and look out for cancellations. Check each day, and you may find you can take your test sooner if you’re flexible.
  • Remember you’ll need to read a number plate from a distance of 20 metres before the test can begin. If you need glasses, don’t leave them behind!
  • Make sure you are honest with your instructor about which parts of the test are making you most nervous. He or she will be able to help you practice them, often with a last minute brush up just before going to the test centre.
  • Be confident, but not overconfident. Likewise, don’t be worried if you are nervous – your examiner will be understanding. They want to assess your control of the car and use of the road.

See further information and driving test tips on our booking the practical test. You may also want to read up on what to expect on the day, and how to combat driving test nerves.

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