Sunday, 19 August 2018

Top 5 tips for passing your driving test

We asked two individual driving schools their top tips for passing the driving test. One was The Academy of Driving and the other was Bob Medley. Passing your driving test as quickly and as cheaply as possible is one of the most common things that we hear as driving instructors when we speak with our clients or their parents. I was having this very same conversation with another driving instructor colleague of mine called Bob who owns Bob Medley School, you can visit Bob's website here https://www.bobmedleyschoolofmotoring.co.uk


I was asking Bob what does he tell his learner drivers when they ask him how long will it take to pass their driving test. Bob's reply was it will take as long as it takes, and how long is a piece of string? He went on to say that in his opinion, everyone has their own rate of learning. I agreed with Bob and through our experience we decided to come up with a top 5 list or tips on what we think is important for anyone who wants to take driving lessons and get through their driving test quickly.


The top 5 tips listed below are in no particular order, they are just items that we think are important. Each tip is as important as each other and all have the same relevance.


Tip 1 - Have regular driving lessons.
On average, it can take a learner drive approximately 40 hours worth of driving in order to get to a standard whereby it could be considered as ready to take and pass a driving test. On a whole, we see each pupil once a week so that could mean 40 weeks in order to gain your full driving licence. This could be halved by maybe having a two hour lesson instead of a one hour lesson.


If your driving instructor has the space and time, then maybe this could even be ramped up to two lessons per week.


Tip 2 - Be consistent
This normally goes hand in hand with the above tip. It's probably not beneficial to leave large gaps between lessons, such as weeks or months. I know that finances play an important part on how often you can take driving lessons but the further apart your driving lessons are then the more damaging this could be to your rate of learning. You may have forgotten what was taught on your previous lesson if it was 4 weeks ago. This can have a detrimental effect on your learning and could slow the pace of learning right down.


Tip 3 - Get private practice
Now, this is not for everyone but where possible you will benefit from going out and getting extra practice by going out with parents or other members of your family, even friends may be able to help you. Obviously there are rules and laws to going out driving on a provisional licence other than a driving instructor. If you're not sure what these rules are then just ask your driving instructor. If you are fortunate enough to go out and get private practice either in your own car or in your parents car, then speak with your driving instructor about he. He or she can advise you best on what to practice and where to practice.


Tip 4 - Use other resources to study
In most cases, your driving instructor will be the only person in your life that will give you expert advice on all things driving. Let's face it, once you've passed your test how often are you going to update your skills and seek professional advice, hardly ever if at all. So, whilst you're learning to drive, have a look on YouTube for example and find videos that you are covering with your driving instructor, such as the parallel park. By doing a little study in your own time can help to speed up the learning process.


Tip 5 - Be realistic
Some new clients we get think that they can pass the driving test within 10 hours. Even those who have never driven before. When taking driving lessons, there's a lot to learn and take in. In some respect, there's a syllabus that you have to work through such as hill starts, emergency stop, parallel park and other reversing exercises and that's not even mentioning the time it takes to reach a safe standard of driving for our roads. So, be realistic as to how long it will take you to cover and reach this standard.


Thank you for taking the time out to read these tips and I hope some of them will be useful to you.