Driving Test Preparation

If you want to see the very best driving test preparation techniques in one place, then you are going to love this guide.

We have helped over 10,000 pupils prepare for their driving test and pass first time.

We cover absolutely everything that you can think of; making sure that you are ready for the big day.

Have a read through:

Suggestions for Driving Test Preparation from ADI’s

We discuss all of the modern driving test preparation suggestions from experienced ADI’s (Approved Driving Instructors) that include:

  • The examiners driving test marking sheet
  • How you can start preparing weeks before your test
  • What the best items of clothing are
  • How you can manage your driving test nerves
  • Every last minute check that you can make before taking your test
  • How you can prepare if you are expecting a baby

#1 Making Sure That You Understand the Marking Sheet

During your driving test preparation, it is a good idea to get yourself a copy of the examiners marking sheet.

This will help you understand how your driving test is going to be scored and tested. You can see what an examiners marking sheet looks like here.

There are a few areas of the marking sheet that you need to understand that are not actively shown on the form:

Number one, if you receive more than 4 minor faults in one of the sections, it will result in a failed examination.

… And number two; you may notice an “S” and “D section”. A fault in this section will also result in an instant fail on your driving test.

We have many driving lessons Preston booked in, with a lot of them preparing for a driving test. We always actively encourage them to read through the marking form so it gives them a better understanding of the test.

Driving Test Marking Sheet

#2 Start Preparing for Your Driving Test in Advance

The best way to get your preparation complete is to get your driving test preparation organised as early as possible:

Make sure that you have had a detailed discussion with your driving instructor, highlighting any areas that you are stumbling on.

Fortunately, if you are a little unsure, here are some checks that you can make approximately 1-2 weeks before you take your test:

    1. If you have a driving test coming up, then it is likely that you are going to start practising test routes and taking mock examinations.However, if your driving instructor is pointing out 1-2 serious driving faults over the course of an hour, it is worth postponing your driving test by a couple of weeks.

      This gives you the time to get some additional practice in before your driving test. Alternatively, your instructor may even be able to increase the number of driving lessons Blackburn to help you improve quicker.


    1. Make sure that you are getting plenty of rest between lessons and certainly before your driving test.One of the most important aspects of driving test preparation is concentration:

      Without the necessary rest in between driving lessons and your test, your brain could be getting exhausted and lead to an increase in avoidable mistakes.


    1. Don’t forget to read through the show me, tell me questions.As part of your driving test, your examiner will ask you two of these questions.

Make sure that you revise them before hand and in the coming days/weeks leading up to your driving test.

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#3 Remember to Dress Appropriately for Your Test

I have lost count on how many occasions where pupils have asked me “what do I wear on my driving test?”

Some of the most horrific wardrobe malfunctions for a driving test have included; high-heels, cowboy boots and even dirty items of clothing.

There are a few things you should remember as part of your driving test preparation:

  • Only wear shoes that are comfortable and allow you to maintain control of the clutch
  • The clothing you wear should be comfortable and allow you to move freely
  • Any t-shirts, blouses or shirts should not restrict your movement
  • Avoid wearing sunglasses – you must remove them during your test

Unfortunately, there are a few people that choose to ignore our advice.

Many of the driving instructors on our driving school franchise have reported cases of pupils being rude and wearing dirty clothes.

Remember to always treat the examiner appropriately and be polite. You want to get off to a good start and avoid any unnecessary altercations.

So then, what should you wear? These are the most common types of clothing:

  • Comfortable t-shirt or blouse
  • Straight fitting jeans or skirt
  • Comfortable trainers or plimsolls

#4 Getting The Better Of Driving Test Nerves

It is perfectly normal to get nervous before your driving test.

However, there are two ways that you can handle the pressure of a driving test:

Some people crumble under the pressure, whereas others really embrace it and have the best drive since they got behind the wheel.

The key to getting your driving test preparation sorted is making sure that you are mentally and physically ready for your test.

For example, if you are a young, upcoming footballer approaching a trial at a professional club, having the right people around you (your driving instructor) reassuring you can make a significant difference.

However, if your instructor is constantly a little dubious as you approach your test, it’s going to knock your confidence.

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A good way to see if you are ready for your test is to get a second and even third opinion from an independent driving instructor. If they are any good – they will be able to gauge whether you are ready to take your driving test.

A good way to prepare for your test on the day is to:

  • Remember that this isn’t the only driving test that you can take. If you fail, there will be other opportunities to get your driving licence.
  • As silly as it may sound – say to yourself “right, my goal today is to give this examiner the best drive of their life”.
  • Picture yourself as a chauffeur. You want to get your examiner from A to B as quickly and as safely as possible, in the smoothest fashion.

These are a few of the most recommended tips from our ADI’s (Approved Driving Instructors):

  • Try to get up to speed limits when it is safe to do so. Traffic and weather depending.
  • As you approach junctions, try to time it and keep in one continuous motion.
  • If you do make an error, don’t panic. Continue driving and assessing the road ahead.
  • Set yourself high standards. If your instructor can see that you wont accept anything less than perfect then they are going to appreciate your attention to detail.

During your driving test, it’s important to remember the very basics of a successful driving test. That is; to safely judge traffic, maintain good lane discipline and keep a good (safe) distance from the traffic in front.

#5 Last Minute Checks on the Day

Incredibly, some pupils have forgotten a lot of the basics as they arrive at their test centres for their test.

Make sure that you have all of these covered before you get to your test centre:

Make sure that you have your driving licence. Unfortunately, many pupils do arrive without bringing it. If you don’t have your provisional licence with you, then I am afraid that there is 0% chance of you taking your driving test.

If you intend on using your own car for your test – get your driving test preparation completed and make sure that it is safe to use on a driving test.

Staying on the subject of using your own vehicle – make sure that you have the correct insurance. Your examiner will ask you to sign a declaration confirming that it is correctly insured.

Something worth remembering is the all important eyesight test. Incredibly, some instructors fail to test their pupils eyesight during driving lessons Chelmsford, meaning that they end up failing at the first hurdle!

So let’s recap. Remember to:

  • Take your provisional driving licence with you
  • Make sure that your car is safe to use for a driving test
  • Ensure that the vehicle is correctly insured
  • Test your eyesight. You will be asked to read a number plate from 20.5 metres

Driving Test Preparation Pregnant

#6 Preparing For A Driving Test If You Are Pregnant

If you are pregnant – getting your driving test preparation organised can be a little harder and more stressful.

Driving during late pregnancy is a difficult subject in all honesty.

However, if you have not received any advice from your GP or midwife stating that you cannot drive then the final decision lies with you.

Of course – we recommend seeing your GP or midwife before booking a driving test.

If you feel tired then you should avoid driving. Pregnancy causes the bodies temperature to change frequently, often resulting in more naps and feeling sleepy.

No matter what stage of your pregnancy – you must always wear your seatbelt.

Correctly fasten your seatbelt by:

  • Placing your seatbelt across your chest as normal. However, the belt must lie between both breasts, remaining flat.
  • Ensuring that the lap strap is at its lowest possible point. The seatbelt should lie against the top of your thighs.
  • Your bump should lie comfortably between both straps.