There are two types of learner drivers. The “I’m not sure I can do it” learners and the “I was born ready” learners. The ‘born ready’ lot probably aren’t reading this article. But, they’re actually not any more likely to pass. Often instructors find that learners who are overly confident don’t take enough care on the road. So if you’re reading this, a bag of nerves hovering over the ‘book now’ button on the DVSA website, we’ve got you. Take a deep breath and let’s answer the question – am I ready for my driving test?
Am I ready for my driving test?
Will I pass my driving test?
We get it, driving tests are expensive. You want to be sure you’re going to pass before you book your test. Speaking of which, here’s some tips on learning to drive on a budget if you’re interested. Anyways, back to it. While you can never be 100% sure you’ll pass, there are some signs to look out for to make sure you’re ready to take your driving test.
1. Is your driving instructor still having lots of input in your lessons?
Think back to your last few driving lessons. How much involvement has your driving instructor had? If they’re still having to tell you to brake as you approach a junction, or guiding you through your reverse park, then chances are you’re not quite ready.
But if they’ve sat quietly next to you and had little to say at the end of the lesson, you should be good to go. That means not only has your driving technique been on point, but you’ve been making all the right decisions on the road.
2. Have you taken a mock driving test?
If your driving instructor is worth their salt they’ve probably already suggested you take a mock driving test. Mocks are the perfect way to find out if you’re ready and they also give you an idea of what to expect on driving test day. Make sure your instructor includes the manoeuvre you find the hardest. You may pass if you’re asked to pull up on the right, but would you pass if you got parallel park?
If you’ve already done your mock, how did you find it? If it was a total breeze and you passed no problem, then that answers your question. You’re ready for your driving test.
If you didn’t pass it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re not ready. It’s good to make mistakes as long as you learn from them. If you can see where you went wrong and correct it, you could still be ready for your driving test. Have a chat with your instructor and see what they think. Which brings us nicely onto our next point…
3. Does your instructor think you’re ready?
Your instructor telling you that you’re ready for your driving test is the golden ticket. They’re the experts. And they know your driving ability better than anybody else. So if they think you’re ready, be confident that you can do it.
Equally if they say you’re not ready, listen to them. They won’t be trying to squeeze a few extra lessons from you. You’re just not quite there yet. Keep going! And if you want to do some extra practice outside of your lessons to speed up the process, you can use our learner insurance and borrow a friend or family member’s car from 2 hrs to 180 days.
4. Are you comfortable driving in unfamiliar areas?
This one is for the small towners. Those of you that know every junction and roundabout in your local area like the back of your hand. It’s easy for your driving lessons to get a bit… repetitive. Switch it up and make sure you’re still comfortable driving in an area where you don’t have a mate who lives on every street.
Ready to book your driving test?
If reading this has given you confidence that you’re ready to rumble, check out our article on how to book your driving test.
If you’re not so sure, get back in the car with learner driver insurance until you’re good to go. Practice makes perfect. Good luck!