Your Practical Driving Test

The day of your practical driving test will be one of the most exciting days of your life. It’s the day you will be assessed on all the hard work and preparation both you and your driving instructor have put in.

Yes, there will be some nerves but far too many learner drivers use this as an excuse for lack of preparation. During your driving lessons, you should be receiving regular feedback on your progress and you will know when you are ready for your practical driving test. When you can regularly drive during your driving lesson without making more than a couple of errors, there is no reason why you couldn’t replicate this on your practical driving test.

If you find that you are still uncomfortable or are making numerous errors during your driving lessons, then it’s likely that this will also happen on your test and this is what produces the nerves and in most cases a test fail.

My advice is to self assess yourself and be honest with your performance during lessons, listen to the advice of your driving instructor who has considerable experience in judging when you will be test ready. If all students took the advice of their driving instructor before attending the practical driving test, I estimate the driving test pass rate would probably soar to around 80% – 90%.

Far too many learner drivers arrive at the driving test centre underprepared and thats the main reason why the average 1st time pass rate in our local test centres is less than 50%.

I wish you every success with your driving test and hopefully, your 1st driving test will be your only driving test.

Regards, Adam Shenton.


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Barnsley Practical Test Centre