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How to prepare yourself to pass your practical driving test

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You have completed all your lessons, you have spent hours practising and you have then passed your theory test and hazard perception test too. The time has come to face what could be one of the most nerve-wracking parts of learning to drive, your practical test.

The thing about your practical test is that one of the worst things that you can do is to be nervous, you need to stay calm as this will help you to remember all the things that you have learnt during the process. 
The trouble is, this is easier said than done. So, with this in mind, we have put together some of the best ways to prepare yourself for your practical driving test, which will help you to not only stay calm but hopefully also help you to pass too!

Have a lesson before your test

It might seem that the last thing that you want to do is spend an hour driving before your big test, but in actual fact, having a lesson before your test is a great idea. Not only will this give you a chance to go over anything that you need to cover with your instructor, but you will also be able to get comfortable in the car and warm yourself up too.

Make sure you drive a car you know

One of the worst things that you can do is to drive a car that you don’t know during your test. Ask your instructor to use their car, after all, you have been learning in there and therefore you will be most comfortable in this particular car. Did you know? Progress School of Motoring has a strong team of driving instructors covering the whole of North Wales, therefore should the worst happen and something goes wrong with a Progress car on the day of the test (not that this happens often of course), we likely have a similar car on hand ready to accompany you to your test - an additional peace of mind you don't get with using your own car!

Exaggerate the key tasks

We all know that there are key things that your examiner will be looking for during the test, so make sure that they know you have performed them. This could be as simple as saying to yourself that you have done them, or if you want to stay silent you can instead exaggerate things such as mirror checks as you do them. This is all of course within reason, and your Progress driving instructor will guide you through this in person leading up to your test.

Stay positive

It is hard to stay positive when you are feeling nervous and doubting yourself. However, if you approach your test with a mindset that you are going to fail, then you may very well do so. Instead, stay positive, tell yourself that you are going to pass, that you know what you are doing, and the confidence should see you through.

Only do it when you are ready

You are going to be keen to get out on the road, but you should never rush taking your test. Always make sure that you have had enough lessons, that you are ready to tackle the roads and that your instructor is also confident that you will pass. That way you will give yourself the best chance possible.

Make sure that you try these top tips out for yourself when you are getting ready for your driving test, whilst we can’t promise you that you will ace the test, what we can promise you is that you will feel a whole lot calmer about facing your test and this should help you to concentrate and focus on what you need to do.

If an unfortunate fail does happen, your Progress driving instructor will happily listen to your test feedback in order to guide and support you to getting that all important pass next time.

If you're looking for a professional, supportive and modern driving school which prides itself on its pass rates and learning support, get in touch with us now - we're always here to help.

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