Are You Ready For Your Driving Test?

April 23, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Are You Ready For Your Driving Test?

Are you fully prepared for your driving test? You should be. It's a step towards gaining your licence and, ultimately, independence. Besides, it's not as simple as it used to be. Preparation and hours of practice are essential. Not too many years ago, you could gain a full licence after successfully completing one theoretical and one practical test, which was relatively simple. The learner drivers of yesteryear had it easy compared to you!

Easy Does It? Hardly!

Today's licensing process is a graduated affair, and much more difficult to pass. No more 'once around the block'. Now, you have to sit a theoretical test to gain a learner's licence then spend six months practicing your driving before sitting your restricted test. If all goes well at that stage – and the restricted test is rather difficult to pass – you are on track for your full licence test. How long you stay on a restricted licence before doing a full licence driving test depends on your age, and whether or not you take advanced driving courses while on a restricted licence. You probably know all this. But do you know how to avoid the pitfalls that often lead to test failure?

Why You Might Fail Your Driving Test

Examiners play it tough these days. The overall aim is for newly licensed drivers to be skilful drivers, and the test certainly weeds out those who don't meet the higher standards now expected of every new motorist. Therefore, test failure is quite common these days with many of the more common reasons including:  reckless, dangerous or inconsiderate driving  the inability to carry out the testing officer's instructions due to a lack of ability\  exceeding the speed limit  failure to comply with Give Way rules or signs  failure to comply with Stop rules or signs It has to be said that most of these reasons are very, very basic. At the same time, it is an appalling reminder of how badly prepared many learner drivers are as they take their test. And proof, if it is needed, that professional tuition is vital in ironing out the many flaws a young driver brings to a test.

Reduce The Risk Of Test Failure

As you prepare for your driving test, it's a good idea to have a better idea of what the examiner will be looking for. But who can give you that knowledge? A friend or family member who gained their licence when the test was relatively simple, and didn't need too many driving skills as a result? Or a qualified driving instructor, who is right up to date with the new testing systems, and who knows what an examiner will be looking for? Professional driving lessons represent a very good investment, not only as you start to learn to drive but also at intervals along the way. You might choose to have a block of four or five lessons to begin with, before embarking on your practice period – a minimum of 120 hours. It's also a good idea to have regular 'refresher' lessons so your driving instructor can see you're on the right track as you approach your driving test. When you look at the current failure rate – more than 50% - you'll agree it's money well spent!

Category: The Driving Test