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Driving Practical Test

Hints and Tips for your Practical test

Great tips for passing your Driving Test - The First Time (yes!)

To pass your driving test you need to drive without making any major (dangerous or serious) faults and no more than 15 minor faults during a drive of about 40 to 45 minutes. You may also be asked carry out an emergency stop and must also complete at least 2 manoeuvres.

Getting started

 1. Pin up a map of the area of your test centre and mark the test routes. Mark difficult areas; such as one-way streets, busy junctions, major and double mini roundabouts, so that you are aware and ready for them on approach, rather than having to deal with them as if they have come out of nowhere. Practice over the test routes with a professional driving instructor from ROADRUNNER.

Driving Test Centres (address & pass rates) and Driving Test Routes in Wanstead, Chingford, Loughton, Barking, Goodmayes, Hornchurch, Tilbury or the test centre where you have booked your test. Source: Driving Standards Agency (DSA). As an alternative to a conventional map, you can use Windows or Google Live Maps to locate your test centre; many areas are covered by close-up "bird-eye view" photographs, so you can see every roundabout, pelican crossing and box junction on the surrounding roads. You can mark difficult areas on Live Maps using virtual pushpins.

2. Practice manoeuvres until you can carry them out without any minor faults. That will leave you with a margin of 15 faults for the rest of the drive on the day of your test.

3. Practice, practice, and practice until you can drive without verbal or physical intervention from your driving instructor for the duration of a full driving lesson or a mock driving test. Don't forget: practice makes perfect so practice with a DSA APPROVED DRIVING INSTRUCTOR from ROADRUNNER.

On the day of your test

a) Warm up: Arrange to have 1 or 2 hour driving lesson around the area of the test centre on the day of your test. This will help you to warm up and get into the swing of things. You will also be aware of any new roadwork’s, obstructions and anything else on the roads and will feel more able to deal with them more easily.

b) Nerves: you may feel nervous (most people do). This is natural, in order to avoid this, practice taking some deep breaths. Once you position yourself in the driving seat, get comfortable and start driving, you will see your nerves will cool down.

c) Be confident: Talk to yourself – silently! – Through the test. Talk about hazards that you can see  coming up  and how you are going to deal with them. This will help you focus your mind and the way you should be driving to pass your test.

d) If you don’t understand : If you don't understand what the examiner says to you , don't be afraid to ask him or her to repeat the instruction.

e) Be positive: Before you start a manoeuvre, repeat to yourself three times – silently – "this is easy". Try to be positive at all times.surely you can do it!(you have done this many times)

f) Mistakes: If you feel you have made a mistake on a manoeuvre, just move forwards and do it again correctly. As long as you haven't done anything wrong, such as mounting the kerb or forgetting to make the correct observations, you will pass.

g) If you Stall the engine: if, unfortunately, you stall the engine, deal with it correctly and drive on. As long as you don't stall in a dangerous position, such as on a roundabout and as long as you handle it correctly, this needn't count as a major fault and you will pass your test.

h) Have I failed the test? If you feel you've made a mistake, don't  assume you've failed the test – it may only be a minor fault. Put it behind you and carry on driving as best as you can.

i) Concentrate on the road: Do not  look at the examiner to see  what he or she is writing. You will not be able to deduce anything anyway. Keep your concentration on your driving and the road ahead!
Do you need more help or advice?Please feel free to call ROADRUNNER on 020 8472 9395 and one of the instructors will call you back.

Top 10 Reasons For Failing The Driving Test

Reported by the Driving Standards Agency 

1. Observation at junctions -ineffective observation and judgement
2. Reverse parking – ineffective observation and/or a lack of accuracy

3. Use of mirrors – not checking or not acting on information

4. Reversing round a corner – ineffective observation or lack of accuracy

5. Incorrect use of signals – not cancelling or giving misleading signals.

6. Moving away safely – ineffective observations

7. Incorrect positioning on the road - particularly at roundabouts or on bends

8. Lack of steering control – steering too early or too late

9. Incorrect position to turn right – at junctions and/or in one-way streets

10. Inappropriate speed – travelling too slowly or with too much hesitation


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