Preparing for your driving test

Car Article - Preparing for your driving test

Here at the Aviva Driving School, we understand how nervous you feel in the run-up to your driving test – we’ve all been there and remember what it’s like! One of the best ways to overcome this worried feeling is to be as prepared as possible. Have a look at our tips and advice to get yourself ready for the main event.

Before the test:

  1. Practice, practice, practice
    Try to practice driving as much as you can between and after your 12 Essential Driver Training (EDT) lessons. This will build your confidence as a driver. Your driving instructor will let you know when you are ready to successfully take the test. You’ll also be able to monitor your own progress with our free training report which is completed at the end of every lesson. 
  2. Revisit your theory
    Have a look back over your Rules of the Road book to ensure you are familiar with road signs and the correct driving procedure. When you feel confident about the rules of the road you’ll feel more comfortable during your test and will likely feel more at ease making decisions, and won’t second-guess yourself.
  3. Driving test routes
    Although it is tempting to try and learn off the test routes, you are much better to make sure that you can drive in a wide variety of road and traffic conditions. This will allow you to concentrate on your driving so not trying to second guess where the Tester will be taking you.
  4. Drive in different conditions
    It’s a sad truth that we can’t rely on dry, sunny days here in Ireland! So make sure you practice driving in weather such as rain, wind and overcast days, when it is safe to do so. This way you’ll feel comfortable taking your test in any kind of weather.
  5. Fuel your body
    Try and get a good night’s sleep before your test, it will help you feel less jittery on the day. Also make sure you eat something before your test; otherwise your concentration levels could be affected.
  6. Get to know the mechanics of a car
    Make sure you know how to carry out basic vehicle safety checks as the tester will ask you how to explain a number of these on the day of your test. It is also important that you can demonstrate how to operate secondary controls on your car such as the car horn, ignition, indicators, wipers and lights  before you begin driving.

Day of the test:

  1. The test layout
    Your test will be approximately 40 minutes long, and you will be tested on the Rules of the Road, demonstrating hand signals, anticipation and observational skills, moving off, reversing around a corner, a hill start, a turnabout in traffic, parking, use of mirrors and signals, driving in traffic and more.
  2. Don’t panic
    If you feel overwhelmed during your test, or begin to panic after making a mistake, take a deep breath and continue. Your driving doesn’t need to be perfect to pass the test. Push the mistake from your mind and focus on what’s ahead.
  3. Speak up
    If your driving tester says something during the test that you didn’t hear, don’t be shy and try to guess what they said. Ask them to repeat it, they won’t mind. If you don’t ask, you could end up making an unnecessary mistake.

Keep in mind:

  • Unlike your driving instructor the driving tester will not give advice or guidance. They are there simply to assess your driving performance so they’ll avoid any unnecessary conversation so that you can concentrate on your driving.
  • Your driving tester understands that you’ll be nervous during the test, so don’t panic about shaky hands or an unsteady voice! 
  • A mistake does not necessarily mean you have failed, so do not spend time trying to figure out if you think the mistake you just made will cause you to fail. Push it from your head and pay attention to what’s in front of you instead.

Good luck!

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