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      31.01.2011 18:53
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      Just stay calm!

      ~~~MY EXPERIENCE~~~
      I passed my driving test last Tuesday! Woo!!! Was uber nervous for a while NOT because of the driving or the manouvres or the "show me tell me" questions but because I am going blind in the right eye - well getting worse- and thought I wouldn't be able to read the number plate at the start of the test (eeek!) but it turned out to be quite close and not at all a problem :P

      Once I got driving it was pretty good, wasn't asked to do that much, only a three point turn. I swear I was meant to do another manouvre but he didn't ask? Well, if you don't ask, you don't get so meh. Thought I was quite lucky in a few instances where it would've been tricky- cars coming out when they shouldn't, reversing on my side of the road- MADNESS! Surely if they see that I'm taking the test (hello bright fluorescent man sitting next to me) they should take the hint and give way!

      But so glad it is over and that I get my hour to two hours of free time back and it is a great relief to have got this over with... now onto being conned for insurance and actually putting my life at risk driving crazy. The moment I passed the test, within ten metres from the test centre, I got stuck cos of a sharp bend and had to reverse--- definite FAIL if I did that in the test so PHEW! No wonder my instructor was surprised I only got 4 minors. ><

      ~~~TIPS AND ADVICE~~~
      Having done the test here are my tips to prospective drivers:

      1) Stay calm- the examiner is usually very friendly and will explain everything to you so you know exactly what to do.
      2) Never be afraid to ask or clarify- If you don't understand or want clarification, that is fine! The examiner is more than happy to explain again. Never do something if you are unsure as that could lead to hazards and therefore major faults.
      3) Take your time/Don't rush- I found myself driving much slower than I usually would just to be safe. I encountered many tricky situations on my test that I wouldn't have been able to get out of if I was driving any quicker. The only fault you will get for taking your time is perhaps hesitation.
      4) Never take a test too early as it will waste your time and money!
      5) Practice- there is nothing better than driving and getting more experience to situations and potential hazards! I had a total of 40 lessons about 20 of which were just practising!

      Hope this review has helped and feel free to ask any questions. Good luck!!!!

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        17.11.2009 16:59

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        well belive me or not this is TRUE. It was my first driving test and I was so tensed that i farted in the car. My examiner had to open all the windows of the car and he wrote it as a major faulot while driving. I think its unfair....

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        05.08.2009 10:32
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        Yey I can drive!!

        After reading the other reviews in this category the night before my driving test, I was wondering to myself if I'd be writing my own review within the next few days. And, well, here it is!

        ~ A little bit of history of my driving ~
        I wasn't one of those teenagers who, directly I turned 17, wanted to learn to drive. My mum has never driven in her life but, because of this and the fact that she's always had to rely on other people for lifts, I did always want to learn purely because my grandparents would be too old before long to be my personal chauffeurs! So I eventually first started taking driving lessons about two and a half years ago when I was 20 - I know that's a long time ago and trust me I haven't been actually having lessons for two years! I had a few months of lessons at first then my instructor retired. I didn't get a new instructor as I was going travelling in a couple of months and didn't think it was worth it. After 5 months of travelling and then a few more months getting a job and saving up for lessons I got back into it only to have my new instructor have a seizure and be out of driving for 3 years. I then went through a couple of instructors I didn't gel with until I eventually ended up with a good one a few months back. I dread to think how many lessons I've had and how much money has been spent on them but I'm finally there now.

        ~ The test ~
        Once you've taken and passed the theory test you then have 2 years to pass the practical test. The practical test includes:
        ~ An eyesight check where you will be asked to read out the number plate of a car a certain distance away.
        ~ Vehicle safety questions or show and tell questions where you'll be asked to either show or tell the examiner two questions he asks you on the maintenance of the vehicle.
        ~ 35-40 minutes of driving the car where you should follow the instructions of the examiner whilst remembering to do everything your instructor has taught you.
        ~ You will be asked to perform 2 manoeuvres which the examiner will chose from bay (reverse) parking, turning in the road or reverse around a corner and you may also sometimes be asked to carry out an emergency stop.

        You will be examined on if you have overall safe standard of driving. You can make 15 minor faults but any more will result in a fail. One serious or dangerous fault makes a fail and if the examiner thinks you are unsafe on the road, he will terminate the test.

        Now for a few tips to help you get by on the day:

        ~ Book an earlyish test ~
        Most people will have a rough idea in their mind of around what time they prefer driving. I wanted a time of between 10-11.30 in the morning when I knew that there would be less traffic on the roads as school would have already started and it was in between the time of people going to work and people going to lunch and I luckily grabbed myself a 10.44am spot. Obviously the condition of the traffic isn't guaranteed though and some may even prefer heavy traffic as this may mean you'll be sitting in a jam for ages and passing the time of the test without really doing much. But the main reason to book an early test is so that you don't end up spending the beginning part of the day feeling sick with worry. Most people are bound to wake up early and feel nervous and won't be able to think about anything else, so taking it in the morning will get it out of the way nice and early.

        ~ Eat and drink something ~
        Before the test, even though you may feel sick and not at all hungry, force yourself to eat something. I picked this advice up from the other reviews on here and I made myself eat something. I couldn't stomach a proper breakfast such as toast but I simply had some fruit and juice. Eating and drinking something will perk you up, give you some energy and make you ready for the day.

        ~ Don't feel pressured ~
        The practical driving test isn't an exam such as a GCSE or A Level where you only get the one chance to take it. You can take the test as many times as you need to until you pass so don't feel that you have to pass it the first time round. Depending on who you want to tell, for me, I only told my closest family when the test was and asked them not to tell anyone else. This wasn't because I would have been embarrassed if I'd failed, I would have told other people afterwards anyway, but with less people knowing about it, it just put less pressure on me. I did however have the pressure of the expiry of my theory test which was due to run out at the end of August and I knew that there were no slots left in any of the test centres near me to take another test before that date. That therefore meant that if I failed my test, I would have to retake the theory test again and that was not something that I particularly wanted to do. This did put a lot of pressure on me but I managed to not think about that and just concentrate on getting through the test.

        ~ Be ready ~
        If you don't feel ready for the test, don't take it. Your instructor may tell you plenty of times to put in for it and that you'll be fine, but if you really don't feel ready then take it at your own pace. You'll feel much more confident and relaxed when the time comes rather than worrying that you're not good enough. To be quite honest, I didn't feel ready for my test but I had the theory test deadline to make so I had to take it no matter what.

        ~ Revise the vehicle safety questions ~
        I admit that I know nothing whatsoever about the actual car that I'm driving. If I broke down I would not have a clue what to do. Before you start your test you'll be asked 2 car maintenance questions. A wrong answer constitutes as a minor and you really want to try to get these right as you don't want the minors adding up before you've even got in the car. You can get a sheet of some of the main questions from your driving instructor and he'll go through the questions with you or you can find more questions and answers from the Directgov website or the AA website. Go through these about a week before your test so that you know them off by heart. I only learnt them the night before and was lucky to get asked questions that I knew the answers to!

        ~ Take your documents~
        Make you sure arrive prepared with all the necessary documents that you need. You'll need the hard and paper parts of your provisional license, the theory test certificate or confirmation and the confirmation letter of the practical test. I was only asked to show both the hard and paper copies of my provisional license but if you're asked for something which you don't have, you won't be able to take the test.

        ~ Drive carefully and safely ~
        The examiner will be testing you more on the safety of your driving rather than the standard of your driving. They're looking to make sure that you are safe and careful and not a danger to others, not so much that you are a good driver. Driving takes time and practice and most people won't be perfect when they take their test. It's after you pass that you begin to get better as you have the freedom of being able to drive every day whenever you feel like it and this is when you really learn the most about driving. The examiner simply wants to see that you know what you are doing and that you aren't a hazard to other road users. Don't speed, make sure you check your mirrors, slow down in time when you are coming to a corner, junction, traffic light or a hazard that may cause you to slow. Watch out for pedestrians and other road users. If you're not sure about something such as if there's enough room to get through with oncoming cars or if an oncoming car is going to give way to you, stop and check first - it's better to be safe than sorry.

        ~ Feel comfortable and confident ~
        I know this may sound like a silly tip but, for me, when I look my best, I feel better and more confident. I made sure that I had a shower and did my hair and make up in the morning like I usually do. I wore clothes that I felt comfortable in but that I also felt confident in. Already naturally confident people may not have this problem, but as soon as I've slapped on some make up, done my hair and I know that I look nice, this makes me feel and act more confident. I don't mean that you should plaster the make up on or dress in a skimpy skirt or anything as I really don't think that anything like this will impress the examiner, but just enough so that you feel both comfortable and confident in yourself.

        I'm not going to put relax and stay calm as a tip because no matter how much people say this, and no matter how many people tell you 'you'll be fine', it just doesn't work. I felt so nervous and worried before my test. I had constant headaches and an upset stomach for about 3 or 4 days beforehand. I felt sick, so sick I thought that I was going to chuck up all over my instructor in the hour lesson before the test. I know a lot of people get so nervous that they panic and end up failing the test because of nerves. If you think that might be the case then maybe you should try taking some calming medicine which I think you need to take a few weeks beforehand. However, I suppose I was quite lucky in that my nerves made me an even better driver. I was more careful and more aware than usual and as soon as I got into the car my nerves seem to fly out the window as if it was just a normal driving lesson. It also helps (although you can't choose this) if you have a friendly examiner as chatting to them a little about silly things such as the weather and what you do for a living also help to relax you.

        As I was getting near to the end of my test, I had a feeling that I had passed it. I knew that I hadn't done any major things wrong, my manoeuvres were perfect, and I thought I'd driven very well. So I was delighted when the examiner said those two brilliant words 'you've passed'! With only 4 minors and it being my first test, I was a very happy girl!

        So I just bought my car two days ago and tried it out for the first time. It is still very scary driving by myself - there's no one there to put their foot on the brakes if something goes wrong. It did feel brilliant though to be able to say this is my car, and to know that I can just go out and drive to wherever I please, whenever I want. I'm sure I'm still going to be nervous about it for a while, so for now I'm sticking to the quieter roads and just getting used to the car first. After a little bit of driving around every day, I'm sure my confidence will rise soon and then all the other road users will have to watch out!

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          16.07.2009 02:21
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          Ensure that you are capable

          Well after sitting my practical driving test just hours ago I am pleased to say that I passed on my first attempt! :) That said however, I have had countless driving lessons and was not willing to attempt the test without feeling comfortable driving the car and capable of completing the manouveres.

          The best advice I can give to anyone is to: Stay Calm.
          This isn't exactly what you want to hear (it wasn't what I wanted to hear) but it truely is the best advice.

          ** What to expect? **

          Once your practical driving test is confirmed you are likely to be given a time that is fairly odd, for example, mine was 3:27pm. I don't really think the time of day you choose will really make much difference regarding if you pass however, this is personal choice :)

          Ensure that you have the correct documents with you i.e, Provisional (paper part & the card). You will also need to bring the letter confirming your test time & date. It does state to bring in your theory certificate however, I was not asked for this. If you forget any of these or arrive late then you will not be allowed to sit your test.

          Personally I found the most nerve wracking part was waiting for the examiner. If you suffer with nerves it may be advisable to use a herbal remedy such as Rescue Remedy. This may help you feel more calm and not worry so much.

          ** In the car **

          Once yourself and the examiner are in the car he will ask you two questions regarding the mechanics of the car. You may be required to locate parts under the bonnet. I was asked to explain How I would know if the Powered steering was faulty and also how would I check my tyres for wear and tear. There are a number of possible questions you may be asked so ensure that you know the answer to all of them!

          I was expecting my examiner to be very scary, but to be honest he was fine. Once I was driving he did speak to me a little, asking questions such as what I was doing, where I worked etc. He didn't speak very much throughout the test however, I still felt comfortable with his presence.

          It can be very off putting knowing that the examiner is assessing your capability to drive. Therefore I would advise you just to pretend it is your instructor who is sat next to you (if possible).

          The Practical test costs around £60 which is fairly expensive for a 40 minute test! I was determined to succeed first time around especially as I was unable to afford to pay for a second test!

          ** Don't Assume You Have Failed **

          My test was going very well until disaster - he asked me to parrallel park. The manouvere that I had been trying to avoid. Once I realised that the car was not going where I wanted to go I started to panic. I assumed that I would be unable to re-attempt it. Do Not be shy to talk to your examiner. He just simply told me to do what I felt was neccessary within two car lengths. I made the mistake of trying to rush and ended up in a even worse scenario. Luckily however, I managed to pull it off. - Try not to panic & do not try to rush the test, the forty minutes will not go any faster.

          Arriving back at the test centre I was pleasantly surprised to be told that I had passed with 4 minors. You are allowed up to 15 minors, any more and that results in a fail. If you receive any majors then you fail. If you do anything that your examiner feels is dangerous to yourself or other road users he may terminate your test which is definately a fail.

          So before your test make sure that you are fully prepared. Familarise yourself with the car, ensure you know how to change settings, work the lights etc. Listen to your instuctor if they feel you need more lessons then chances are you probably do.

          So... Good Luck :) :)

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            06.04.2009 14:36
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            I thought I'd never get through - Don't give up on driving!!!

            Ever found that you ask your driving instructor a question and they answer with "We can cover that on the day of the test"? I'm starting to think that's just to make sure you take your test with them. Your Driving Test is a lot of pressure, not least because of the cost of the test and two hour lesson slot. Here are my tips if you decide to go it alone.

            For some reason I always thought that booking the test would be the easy bit, when in fact it turned out to be really hard. It was coming up to two years since my theory test when I suddenly panicked realising this would expire. As it had been a while, I rushed to book a couple of lessons with my very good instructor, built up my confidence over a fortnight and then tried to book a test. The website drew a blank, after feeding in all my information half a dozen times, it came up with a message saying that there were no tests at my local test centre. I phoned the helpline (which irritatingly is only open during working weekdays) to find the next available test was over three months away.

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            Tip 1) Book as far in advance as you possibly can.

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            Every morning for over a week I rang the helpline, each time having to wade my way through all this information; theory test pass number, driving licence number, instructor's ADI number, date of birth. All on a premium rate phone number calling from a mobile. I repeatedly drew a blank, until a Monday morning cancellation. But my instructor was away on a long weekend, so I had no car to take it in.....or did I? I asked if I could take it in The Boyfriend's Fiesta and she began checking the make and model to see if this was allowed.

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            Tip 2) You can only take the driving test in certain cars - check the DSA website for a full list or call the helpline. The car will have to have been produced in a year where there were no known recalls or parts failures.

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            Our Fiesta was from 1999. As pretty much every other year was disallowed, we decided this was fate and I paid up for the test on my debit card while The Boyfriend swung the car towards Halfords so we could spend yet more money.

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            Tip 3) You need an additional rear view mirror to take the driving test in your own car. Make sure you check when you buy it that it's compatible. You also need to make sure that the dashboard is relatively clear and that the examiner can see your speedometer.

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            Did I want to drive there? Mmm, maybe. Was there anything I wanted to practice? Ah. I'd never tried any manoeuvres in his car. Also, my driving instructor's car had marks on the back window with a little screen to help you reverse round corners and I'd got used to it. Now I had to do it in a car with nothing and we didn't really have time. I tried a swift three-point turn (not great as I wasn't used to the steering) and a reverse round the corner, which was fine. I decided that I didn't want to do too much in case I tired myself out and wasn't able to concentrate on the test.

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            Tip 4) Practice in the car you plan on taking the test in. Before the day you take the test.

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            We headed for the test centre. By now The Boyfriend was a bag of nerves about me taking the test, especially in his car. Somehow, the more anxious he got, the calmer I was and I didn't feel nervous until we got to the test centre. As we stuffed rubbish and hi-vis clothing out of sight into the boot, it really hit me.

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            Tip 5) You need to have someone over 21, who has been driving for more than three years and is insured on the car. They need to accompany you to the test centre and take you home but they don't have to sit in the car while you do it.

            Tip 6) Get your person over 21 to park in the test centre car park in such a way that you can get out easily.

            Tip 7) Don't arrive more that 15 minutes prior to your test - they don't like it and there won't be room to park your car.

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            While I peered at number plates, the examiner told me that we would be doing the emergency stop. When he saw our car, he changed his mind. Walking round, he anxiously kicked at the tyres and checked the tax disk. Having satisfied himself that it must be roadworthy, he got in and put the mirror up. You have to answer questions on your car such as where you refill the windscreen wash and how you demonstrate the power steering. I got the question on the power steering and only after I answered did I begin to ponder whether or not the car actually had it.

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            Tip 8) Make sure there is reasonable tread on your tyres.

            Tip 9) Look through the manual, find out all the features your car has before the test.

            Tip 10) Know where things are under the bonnet and how to open it.

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            I was a little paranoid that the Kwik-Fit van which The Boyfriend had antagonised on the way would see me and wreak revenge thinking I was him. However, I had more pressing concerns, halfway round the route, the petrol light came on.

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            Tip 11) Fill the tank before the test.

            Tip 12) If you make a mistake don't highlight it by pointing it out to the examiner. Keep very quiet.

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            We made it back to the test centre in one piece, me thinking I'd failed and the examiner questioning me on whether or not the car would make it given the strange clunking noise and the wobbly steering. By some miracle I'd passed (perhaps he just thought I couldn't afford any more lessons and felt sorry for me). There's something nice about having passed in a car that rattles and smells of dog as opposed to a chemically pristine Corsa and I think I was far more relaxed taking the test in our car than I would have been otherwise.

            There's absolutely nothing to stop you taking the test in your own car provided you follow the rules. I was worried that I'd look like a crazy girl racer who'd pre-emptively bought herself a car, or worse still someone who thought they were so good that they didn't need an instructor. While it is sensible to take it with your instructor if possible, it's cheaper and more relaxing to do it in your own car and for me it worked.

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              The best thing I've ever done!

              ~ The Driving test - what to expect on the day ~

              So you've been learning to drive for a while now and your instructor says you are ready for your test. But what does this involve?
              You will need to book a double lesson with your instructor, the first of which will be a lesson; the second will be the test with an examiner.

              When you arrive at the test centre you will sit in the waiting area until the examiner comes out and calls your name. When they do, you will have to sign a green form to say that the vehicle you will be driving is insured and that you are a permanent resident of the UK.

              You will then have to read a number plate from a car a short distance away to check that your eyesight is ok. Once you have done this, you will show the instructor where the car is and the instructor will ask you two maintenance questions before you start the car. The test lasts between 35 and 40 minutes, and you will drive in a variety of road conditions.

              *When I did my test last December (2006) the practical driving test cost £48.50 on a weekday or £58.00 on weekday evenings and weekends. Plus the cost of a double lesson with your driving instructor.*

              ~A~
              ASK if you are unsure about anything before your test. At times I think my driving instructor thought I was a little strange as I was asking lots of questions about things that I already knew the answer to, just to confirm it in my head. He was really nice about it though and answered them all for me. Also on the day of your test you can ask the examiner questions if you are unsure of the instructions they give you (although they are usually quite clear).

              ~B~
              Don't BOOK your test until you're ready. Even if you feel like you are ready wait until your instructor tells you, as if you don't you might not pass. Remember, the instructor teaches many people to drive and they will know when you are most likely to pass your test.

              ~C~
              Stay CALM. I know this will be difficult as it is a very nerve wracking experience. Take deep breaths and stay as calm as possible. I was really nervous for both of my driving tests but I did try and stay calm for my second test and I was slightly better.

              ~D~
              DRIVE carefully, this may sound obvious but it is important to drive just the same as you have in all of your lessons. I speak from experience as in my first test I changed from third gear into fourth instead of second to go round a bend in the road and I stalled (this is what I failed on). This was a silly mistake that I had never done in any of my lessons and it cost me the outcome of the test.

              ~E~
              EAT breakfast/lunch before your test as you can function better with food inside you. I couldn't stomach breakfast on the morning of my first test (which was at 10.30am) so I only ate a little bit, and by the time it was near the end of my test I was feeling really hungry. I made myself eat breakfast on the morning of the second test (the one I passed) even though I still didn't really feel like it. I wasn't hungry throughout the test so this was one less thing to be thinking about.

              ~F~
              FORGET about little mistakes that you make throughout the test. During my first test I forgot to check my blind spot, the next time I went to pull away I panicked and forgot again, and then again a third and forth time. This accumulation of minors turned into a serious, which also added to my fail. In the second test, whenever I made a little mistake I just accepted it and moved on.

              ~G~
              GET other distractions out of head. Leave all thoughts of home, school, work etc outside the car. You can think about them at the end of your test. You have about 40 minutes to prove to the examiner that you are safe to drive on your own so you should be concentrating only on the test.

              ~H~
              Make sure you are HAPPY (well, as happy as you can be on the day of your driving test!) with everything that you need to do in your test.

              ~I~
              You should learn to drive with an INSTRUCTOR you are comfortable with. They need to provide the right level of support that you need and they are going to get you through your test. If you are not comfortable with your instructor get a new one. There is nothing wrong with changing instructors. A few of my friends have had two or three instructors before finding a one that they can work well with. I was lucky and received a recommendation from a friend who had already had a couple of instructors and had found a really good one who got her through her test.

              ~J~
              Do a JIG :-) (or any form of exercise) in the lead up to your test as exercise helps reduce stress levels and focus your mind, :-) which will help you stay calmer.

              ~K~
              You could also take KALM's in lead up to your test. I know these don't work for everybody, but I found they really helped me. I took 6 a day for about three weeks before my test and found they helped keep me a little bit calmer.

              ~L~
              LOOK after yourself. Don't get yourself so stressed that you make yourself ill, like I did. I was so worried about my driving test that I was getting frequent migraines. I was getting them at least once a week, including the day before each of my tests.

              ~M~
              MAKE the most of your lessons. You are probably paying for the lessons so use the time wisely. Get the most out of the lessons. If there is something you feel you need more practice at, ask your instructor if you can practice that.

              ~N~
              NOT everyone passes first time so if you don't, don't worry about it. As I have already said I passed second time. It would be easy for you to give up but after all the time and effort you have put in it would be a shame not to have your licence at the end. So don't give up, you will get there in the end.

              ~O~
              OBSERVE your surroundings. You will have already passed your theory test so you'll have some practice in looking for hazards. Obviously you need to look ahead, as well as check your blind spots before pulling away so make sure there are no hazards and you are aware of any that are there. You get marks against you if you do not observe appropriately. In my first driving test the examiner kept asking me to pull over and then pull out when I was ready. Before going in for the test I knew I would be asked to do this a couple of times to show I could pull away safely. I started panicking in my test though because he kept asking me pull over again and again. I thought I must be doing something wrong so due to the panic, I was forgetting to check my blind spots every time so I accumulated a serious from 3 minors which contributed to failing my test. Make sure you don't panic if you are asked to pull over more than you expect - prove that you are capable of pulling away safely by observing your surroundings correctly!

              ~P~
              PRACTICE makes perfect (or so they say!). Practice as much as you can up until your test. I would have loved to be insured on my parent's car so I could have extra practice in that, but it was so expensive. You don't have to be a perfect driver to pass your test but you need to show that you are safe to start learning on your own. After passing your test you won't suddenly become a better driver than 40 minutes earlier when you were still a learner, but you have proved to the examiner that you are able to learn safely on your own, through experience.

              ~Q~
              Practice for your maintenance QUESTIONS. Your instructor should provide you with information to help you prepare for this. You will be asked two questions about maintenance of the car. Don't worry if you get these wrong though - you can't fail for it, you just get a minor next to your name. (You are allowed up to 15 minors before you fail)

              ~R~
              REMEMBER to take all your documents with you. You will not be able to sit the test if you do not have both parts of your driving licence. You also need to take your theory test certificate and your letter confirming your booking.

              ~S~
              SWITCH off your mobile phone when you are in the test, as you don't want anyone calling you when you are driving!

              ~T~
              TALK to other people who have passed their driving test or are going through the same as you. Some people will be happy to help. However, if all the advice they can give you is 'You'll be fine' you might want to talk to someone else, as I know how nervous those three words can make you feel.

              ~U~
              UNDERSTAND what you have learned. Make sure you know why you do certain things as if you understand it you are more likely to be able to do it.

              ~V~
              Watch the VIDEO footage, which comes on DVD from the DSA when you book your test. I found this helps you see what a driving test is like. I felt it helped after watching it, though I didn't watch it before my second test, as I already knew what to expect.

              ~W~
              Think about WHY you are sitting your test. If you have a purpose for doing it you will be more likely to pass. Will it make life easier, more enjoyable or is it just something that you have always wanted to do? Keep in mind why you want to do it and it will seem more worthwhile.

              ~X~
              Get eXTRA practice. I know I've already talked about practice, but it really is important that you feel confident when you drive and the best way to do this is practice!

              ~Y~
              YOU can do it! Think positive. If you make a mistake, don't automatically think that means you have failed. When I made a mistake in my first test I was constantly thinking 'I've failed' which meant that I kept doing the same little mistakes over and over again, which led to me failing. However, in my second test I rolled back slightly at a roundabout (I didn't have my handbrake on) and I thought I had probably failed but I tried not to think about and have positive thoughts. It turned out it was only a minor as I got it under control very quickly, so I didn't fail after all!

              ~Z~
              ZZZzzz. Get plenty sleep the night before your test. You don't want to be driving a car if you are half asleep. Go to bed early and you'll wake up refreshed and ready to sit your test!

              *Remember once you pass your test you never stop learning. You really start learning to drive once you have passed, as you begin to gain more experience. When I first passed my test and started driving my own car, I thought I was a worse driver than before I passed. This was mainly because I wasn't used to the car but also because I didn't have someone sitting beside me telling me where to go etc. I've now been driving independently just short of a year and although I have gained lots more confidence I know I still have a lot to learn. I'm really enjoying gaining the experience on my own in my own car as I feel like I have more freedom*

              I hope this advice helps you or someone you know pass their driving test. I know it is a scary experience but if you persevere you will get there eventually. Good Luck!

              Thanks for reading! xx

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                good luck

                Never rush. Don't sit the test until you are fully ready to take it. Fail rates are very high.

                Tests are booked in advance in some test centres you may have to week for couple of months.

                Date of test will be sent to you via mail and you have option of cancelling it.

                Week before the test do 4-5 lessons. Make sure some of the time is spent doing mock tests.

                Take paper work with you to the test.

                Make sure you know about things in the car; know indicator lights and so on.

                Don't get nervous. Take each task as a challenge. You will be asked to do a manuevor and than drive.

                Make sure you do what your instructor told you to like look in the mirror before moving off.

                Driving test is there to test your ability to drive a vehicle. Make sure you show your talents as a driver. You don't have to be the best driver in the world to pass.

                If you pass it is great news.

                If you fail work with your driving instructor and iron out mistakes.

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