Passing your driving test can cost a small fortune if you’re not careful, and can sometimes take much longer than what you first anticipated. That’s why it’s very important to try to find the right driving school for you FIRST TIME! We’ve put together some top tips to help you pass your driving test as quickly as possible and hopefully save you money too. One of our best tips is probably tip is “Tip 6”.
Tip 1 – Choose the right instructor for you. Ask friends or family who they used and ask what they thought of their instructor or driving school and try to get a driving instructor that’s fairly local to you. Don’t just make a decision on price alone. It’s important that you feel calm and relaxed with your instructor as rapport is a key item for learning. Your learning will probably take a slower pace if you dread your lessons for this reason alone. Learning best takes place in a comfortable and relaxed environment, not a stressy one.
Tip 2 – Don’t take your driving test until you’re ready. It sounds obvious doesn’t it. We’ve been in the driver training industry for what seems like 500 years and we’ve seen everything. It is common for us to take on new learners who think they’re ready for their driving test but clearly aren’t. Listen to your driving instructor as we are the one’s who know what the required standards look like and are best positioned to assess your skills and knowledge.
Tip 3 – Be consistent. The more consistent you’re having driving lessons, then the quicker you should learn. If you leave your driving lessons for weeks apart then you may find that you’ve forgotten some of the information from your previous lessons, this will take you longer to learn and cost you more too. By having lessons weekly for example, you’re more than likely to make good steady progress. You could even consider having two lessons per week and therefore halving the amount of time it would take you to reach test standard.
An other option for you is to perhaps consider doing two hour lessons or perhaps even an intensive driving course. An intensive driving course can and does work but is not for everybody, so maybe speak with us first before committing to an intensive course.
Tip 4 – Get some private practice where you can. Getting private practice is a great idea but is not always available to everybody. However, if you have the opportunity to go out with your parents or other relatives or even a friend, then we recommend this as a good option to help you to reach the driving test standard quicker. Obviously there are laws to going out driving with somebody other than a driving instructor such as car insurance and no motorway driving so speak with your driving instructor first. They will probably also give you some advice on what and where to practice.
Tip 5 – Study using the correct resources. Learning to drive is not just about jumping in a car and making it move, there’s a lot more to driving than this. Like any skill, it can take time to master and to become confident. That’s why we recommend training materials such as books, apps and even videos on YouTube. As you know, before you can take your driving test, you first have to study and pass the theory test. From our research, we know that the theory test has a reasonably low pass rate but you can improve your chances of passing first time by revising using the correct resources. We cannot stress enough how important the theory is – Why? Well, it’s important that you know the rules of the road and the information about the roads by understanding road and traffic signs. In order to drive safely and not become a liability to other road users, understanding the rules of the road and the correct best practices are essential for safe driving and will put you in good stead to help you pass your driving test first time. At Superdrive Academy, we have a whole host of resources to help you with all of this.
Tip 6 – Observation, control and accuracy. A good driver will be able to control the car, drive with good accuracy and know what’s happening in their whole environment all the time. Your driving should be smooth but progressive with lots of planning and anticipation. If you have to brake late for something, then the chances are that you wasn’t planning and anticipating enough or you didn’t know what was happening around you.
Observation, it’s very unlikely that you could pass a driving test with excellent car control but with poor observations. We would class this as sooner or later you may be involved in an accident because you can’t demonstrate what’s happening around you and therefore YOU could become the risk on the roads and cause a fatal accident, it doesn’t matter that you think your car skills are good. The driving test is an assessment on safety, not how well you can whing a car around.
Well, that’s it for now but we hope you’ve got some useful and insightful information from this quick Blog. We’ll be blogging again shortly. Just one last thing before you go….
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