WITH the DVSA announcing that the national average waiting time for a driving test is 17 weeks, it’s upped the pressure for learners to pass first time.
Learner drivers could face waiting months for another shot at passing their test. Whereas before Covid learners could book a retest in a matter of weeks.
Leasing Options has listed their top six tips to what learner drivers could do, alongside their lessons, to help maximise their chances of passing first time.
If there’s one super handy tool that’s come from the various lockdowns, it’s TikTok. Definitely make the most of this treasure trove of tips – driving instructors have been taking to TikTok throughout the pandemic to share videos of driving test failures, show-me-tell-me questions, and additional information for learner drivers. The #DrivingInstructor hashtag has had millions of views and is a great resource to top up gaps in your driving knowledge while you’re waiting for your test.
Drivingtestsuccess is just one user giving bundles of advice over on TikTok. The driving instructor has almost 700K followers and has amassed more than 8M likes on her helpful videos.
2. Get in extra practice with friends and family
Especially if you’ve got weeks to wait for your test day thanks to the Covid-19 backlog, get in all the practice you can. You can never be overprepared for the driving test, so track down family or friends who are willing to supervise you.
Anyone you practice your driving with must: • be over 21 • be qualified to drive the type of vehicle you want to learn in, for example they must have a manual car licence if they’re supervising you in a manual car • have had their full driving licence for three years You can be fined up to £1,000 and get up to six penalty points on your provisional licence if you drive without the right supervision, so make sure you get this right.
Download this handy form to record any practice you do without your driving instructor – this means you can show them what you’ve been working on.
3. Insure your success
If you’re planning to cram in all the practicing you can – which we definitely recommend – it’s worth checking you’re fully covered in the event of an accident. You’ll need to get familiar with car insurance eventually anyway so you might as well start now. Got your own wheels? You need your own insurance as a learner driver, and your family member or friend will usually be covered on this.
Practicing in someone else’s car? You need to make sure their insurance policy covers you as a learner driver. It’s worth noting that some insurance companies require the person supervising you to be over 25 years old, so make sure you check all the small print.
4. Remember to practice the ‘show me, tell me’ questions
The ‘show me, tell me’ part of the driving test will check your ability to maintain a car.
Learners will be asked two of the questions from the list at random during the car driving test. So, it’s important to make sure you know the basics, like where the oil is and how to check it, how to gauge your tyre tread and where engine coolant and screen-wash go.
5.Know your Highway Code
Keep topping up your knowledge on the Highway Code all the way through your lessons and especially before your test. This means you’ll be a pro at recognising road signs, speed limits, lane markings and junction layouts before you even get behind the wheel for your test. Trust us when we say you’ll feel more at ease knowing you won’t have to work out what they mean during your test, plus this knowledge will remain useful long after you’ve passed as well.
6. Don’t fall victim to inadequate observation
Get into the habit of checking your mirrors as much as possible– both in your lessons and on practice drives with a suitably qualified driver – of making your mirror checks as obvious as possible. Inadequate observation is one of the most common reasons for failing the driving test, and while we know a quick glance might be all you need to know you’re safe, but your examiner will mark you down if they can’t be sure, you’ve made the necessary checks.