You may still be new to driving, or you might even be preparing for your driving test in the coming weeks – either way, we recommend that you spend some time studying this weeks article about preparing for your driving test.
Over the years, we have provided driving lessons in Leeds and the surrounding areas, only to find out that a pupil has had their test aborted for one of the following avoidable reasons.
Make sure you have everything you could possibly need. If your driving test does get aborted, you will not be refunded.
Here Are Some Check to Help Prepare for Your Driving Test:
As a driving instructor in Wakefield that supports the surrounding towns and cities nearby, there is nothing more disappointing to see when the examiner calls it off early.
Make sure that you consider all of the following when you’re preparing for a driving test:
- Your driving licence
- Make sure your car is safe
- Get the right insurance and make sure its valid
- Get an eye test
- Avoid changing the vehicles before your test date
- Try to drive in a variety of weather conditions as preparation
Don’t Forget Your Driving Licence:
You’ll be surprised at how many pupils try to take their driving test without their provisional driving licence. Remember to keep it safe and to take it to the test centre on the day of your test.
Before your test can begin, your examiner will ask for you to present your photo card licence so he/she can note down a few details such as your name, address, driving licence number and anything else needed to transfer to your full licence should you pass first time.
If you don’t take your licence to the test centre then there will be no test. Simple.
Keep Your Car Safe and in Good Condition:
A lot of pupils that take driving lessons in Dewsbury prefer to use their own vehicles for the latter stages of learning to drive and their driving test.
This isn’t a problem and happens in a load of different locations as well as this one. However, tests can be stopped and aborted if the examiner feels that the car is not in safe, working condition.
If you wish to use your own vehicle, the test examiner will ask you to complete a small form that declares that the vehicle is insured and road worthy for the duration of the test.
You will then be asked to a few “show me, tell me” questions as well as checking certain aspects of the vehicle. These usually include:
- Checking and testing the brake lights
- Checking and testing the dipped lights
- Checking and testing the direction indicators
- Working condition of windshield washers and blades
Of course, there are more but these are the ones that could potentially lead to having your test aborted.
Get Your Vehicle Insured:
If you’re planning on driving to your local test centre yourself then there are a few rules that you need to abide by. These tend to be:
- Making sure that the car is insured correctly
- You’re accompanied by a driver with at least 3 years experience
- The accompanying driver is at least 21 years old
As part of a successful driving school franchise, I have been proving lessons in Leeds and the surrounding areas for a very long time. You’ll be surprised at what happens at the local driving test centres – you really will.
I personally have never seen it, but I have heard stories of examiners calling the police because they suspect that a vehicle is being used without the correct insurance or that the accompanying driver is not of the minimum age.
Book an Eye Test and Check Your Vision:
It’s a good idea to have your eyes checked regularly anyway, no matter what your profession but even more so if you have a driving test coming up soon.
You may or may not know that your vision will be checked before you complete the practical test itself. During your driving lessons, your instructor will complete an eye test whenever you take a mock examination.
The idea is to prepare you for exactly what will happen on your test day. You will be asked to read a vehicle registration plate from 20.5 metres. If you’re unable to do this successfully, then your test will be abandoned.
Avoid Changing Vehicles:
Some driving schools really are heartless and couldn’t care less what you achieve. All they worry about is getting your lessons completed and the payment in their pockets.
As a driving school in the Leeds area that really takes pride in the number of pupils that we’re able to pass first time, it’s frustrating to see because they know exactly what they’re doing.
Some schools will constantly give you lessons and then a fortnight before the test is due, will drop you like a stone and say they have no availability, leaving you in an uncomfortable position looking for a new instructor at short notice to help you complete a test.
We appreciate that this cannot be helped sometimes. However, the dangers of changing vehicles are:
- The new vehicle will have a new biting point
- The brakes could be a lot more sensitive and different to what you’re used to
- Focal points for manoeuvres are different
- You could be unfamiliar with the gear changes
Get Out In All Weather Conditions:
Some driving instructors may tell you to avoid driving in different weather conditions; however, we firmly believe that this can only help you improve as a driver.
If you notice that the weather is changing with a light coating of rain, see if you can go out for a short drive with someone that is able to accompany you correctly.
If you’re driving test is coming up you should be prepared for anything that comes with it. Just because you’re taking your test, it doesn’t mean that the weather gods are going to take it easy.
If you have a driving test coming up and you don’t feel prepared, consider an intensive driving course. These have proven to help new drivers get to a test standard in as little as 2 weeks.