When you see someone driving on the road give them the respect they deserve because you do not know what they had to go through in order to be allowed on the road. Driving tests are the worst nightmare a potential driver will always have. Many have tried and failed due to various reasons.
Observation at junctions
Looking hurriedly left and right won’t win you any prizes from the examiner. You must be seen to scrutinise the road, not only for other cars but cyclists and motorcyclists, too, and of course any pedestrians hurrying to cross. Accurate observation will give you the confidence to pull out that the examiner is looking for.
Hitting the kerb or another car, failing to check your mirrors and getting in a tizzy as you struggle to sort left from right: these are the things the examiner will be looking for. Instead, calmly check all around for hazards (in particular small children low down behind the rear of the car) and obstructions. Then, using your mirrors, as well as turning your head to check blind spots, perform the manoeuvre, making smooth steering corrections as you go.
Just as everyone studies in preparation for a class test so should you study for your driving test. Study all the instructions and then practice prior to the test. You can do this with the help of a learner’s permit.
Practice for Passing
As with any task, the more you do it, the more comfortable you can get and the better you will be with the task. So, make sure you are practicing your driving and even taking practice tests. There are different options for doing this. One option is to use that learner’s permit.
While driving around with whoever is your driving partner to help you during your learning phase, have them grade you. Let them know this is a good time to be brutally honest. You can even have them set up an obstacle course in an empty lot or pre-approved area. Then, take the feedback and constructive criticism as helpful not insulting.
You can also employ driving training and practice test companies to help you. While it may cost you a little bit of money, it can be worth the training, knowledge and actual road experience you gain, not to mention that these are often taught by those who are aware of what the actual driving test will be like. This prepares you better, plus gives you a feel for what to expect the day of the road test. Consider this expense an investment into your driving success.
Passing a driving test or getting instructions can be hard especially if your instructor is not qualified. This means that no matter the effort you put in you will end up failing. You cannot be called a qualified driver if the one who trained you is not qualified. There are some things you will have to check out for so as to ensure that you are in the right hands.
Get driving lessons
You are spending money on driving lessons, so it’s important to take your time over choosing a qualified driving instructor or driving school, and one that you feel at ease with.
In the UK, the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) approves driving instructors. Only DSA Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) or DSA licensed instructors under training can charge you for driving instruction.
How can I tell if a driving instructor is DSA approved?
It is important to check the badge in the driving instructor’s windscreen. A green octagonal badge shows the instructor is fully qualified and an ADI.
A pink triangular badge shows the instructor is not yet fully qualified, but undertaking practical training. But they are allowed to charge you for driving instruction.
The DSA is working on improving the standard of driving instructors and have introduced grades for ADIs. Grade 4 is competent, and Grade 6 indicates a very high standard.
ADIs and DSA licensed driving instructors under training are also now checked to see if they have a criminal record with the CRB.