Let’s pass that driving test in 2015!

Have you got some worthwhile resolutions to work on in 2015?  Passing your driving test can literally change your life by not just enabling you to get from place to place, but also allow you to explore new areas and even help you to get the job you’ve always wanted.  So, if getting on the road isn’t already a goal you are pursuing this year, then it’s definitely a good idea to add it onto your list!

Tips for passing your driving test

Driving is definitely a skill that can be learned with practice and passage of time.  Although you may often hear people say that they simply cannot drive, or that they are not good at driving, the truth is that we can all become competent motorists if we spend enough time behind the wheel.

However, having said that, passing an actual driving test can be a daunting experience for some.  The pressure of taking a test can lead to nerves and other negative feelings that affect the student’s confidence when driving, resulting in mistakes that end in a fail for the test.  To avoid the disappointment of an unsuccessful attempt, here are a few tips on how you can give yourself a better chance of passing your driving test.

Practice, practice, practice

The first question new students often ask is how many lessons they will need to pass their driving test.  There isn’t a straightforward answer to this because the number of lessons you need will depend entirely on whether you’ve had any driving experience, your existing ability and how quickly you learn new skills.

In order to be completely confident when you undertake your driving test, you need to ensure you are well equipped to deal with all traffic conditions as well as driving in both wet and dry environments.  You can only achieve this by constantly practicing, whether solely through lessons with a qualified instructor or a mixture of lessons and driving with friends or family who are appropriately licenced.

Although it might seem a great idea to get some practice hours in by driving in an old car that’s lying around the garage, you are almost certainly better off if you scrap the old vehicle and get a safer one to practice on.  Apart from the obvious benefit of enhanced safety, a vehicle that’s too old will drive really different to something that’s a little bit more modern.  So, to boost your chance of success, you should practice on the sort of vehicles that are a bit more similar to what you will expect to drive for your test.

To scrap your old vehicle for a bit of extra cash, contact BMS Salvage.  They are renowned for giving competitive quotes and will even collect your unwanted car for free.

Winning the battle against test nerves

The best way to deal with test nerves is to ensure you feel confident before the actual test.  This means if you have put in the practice hours as suggested above, you should feel quite good about the assessment on the day.

If there are any particular areas of driving you are unsure about, ask your instructor and check out some online advice well before your test.

However, if you are still feeling a little nervous despite being well practiced, talk to family and friends to see if they can offer any helpful advice.

Make sure you take deep breaths when undertaking the test.  Some learner drivers claim that it helps them to feel calmer if they pretend that they are simply a taxi driver following directions of a passenger at the back.