Whether 17 or 70 years old, everyone gets nervous about their driving test, so we’ve put together this breakdown guide on learning to drive it’s a lengthy process designed to make sure that Britain’s new drivers are ready for its roads, but the tips below should help make each stage of the process less difficult and more economical, helping new drivers young and old get through their test and on the road. Good luck and god speed (being 70mph max)!
If you’ve got your own car to practice in, great! It’s a huge bonus to be able to fit in some extra practice between lessons (as well as a major money-saver if a friend or family member is willing to teach you themselves!). If not, never fear learn at your own pace, and it could always be a benefit to learn to drive safely and to a reasonable standard before spending your hard earned cash on a car of your own! Also, note that most driving instructors use small engine hatchbacks there are reasons for this! When learning to drive you don’t need heaps of power or seven seats to start with something small and safe will be less of a risk to you and other road users, which the insurance companies will love. You’ll also need to make sure you have Learner driver insurance in place before getting behind any wheel.
This someone you’re going to be spending a lot of time with over the next few weeks, so it’s useful to get along with them! Talk to friends and family about who might have instructed them, take recommendations, and get in contact with an authorised and licenced instructor. Whilst lessons from qualified friends and family can be an extremely useful form of extra practice, you can’t beat the guidance of an experienced and trained driving instructor. The cost will depend on the instructor and your area, but these typically range from £20-£30 per hour, and the average seems to be around 40 hours of instructed practice before taking the test.
The theory test .
This can either seem like a minor inconvenience or a major hurdle, depending on the learner, but learning to drive is expensive enough without having to pay for re-sits, so make sure you are prepared for this first-time. The good news is that the theory test itself is relatively cheap at around £30. It is certainly worth studying well for this and getting your pass certificate as quickly as possible it can cut down on further costs, make the whole process of learning to drive safer by familiarising you with the rules of the road, and can be one less thing on your mind whilst you practice for the real thing.
The practical test.
The practical test is designed to ensure that you can safely drive in different road and traffic conditions, that you know the Highway Code, and can demonstrate this knowledge in your driving ability. For your practical test you’ll need to bring your theory test pass certificate (unless you are exempt from taking the theory test), as well as both the photo card and paper parts of your driving licence. Most of all though, you’ll need to bring a positive attitude as the biggest reason people fail their driving test is nerves on the day. Remember that your instructor would not have put you forward for the test if they did not believe you were ready. Maintaining a relaxed, focused and controlled mind-set throughout the test is the best path to success. As with any day on the road, unexpected things may happen, and if you fail, do not be disheartened! The only limit to how many times you can take the test is what you can afford, so take a couple more lessons and when you feel ready, get back at it.
The most important thing to remember is that failing is not the end of the world. Factors such as nerves, weather conditions, and other road users can easily cause a fail, and you should not let these affect your desire to drive. Like everything in life, a positive attitude to try again will eventually lead to success, and truth be told, a lesson learned on a failed test could one day save your no claims bonus!