Seven tips for passing your driving test more quickly

Seven tips for passing your driving test more quickly
Seven tips for passing your driving test more quickly

Learning to drive is not a race or a competition but we all want to gain our licence and our freedom as quickly as possible.

Time, patience and confidence are key to getting to and through the test, but, while you’re never guaranteed to pass, if you need or want to pass your test quicker there are methods you can use to help you along the way.

We’ve spoken to the team at Bill Plant Driving School, who have put together these seven steps that can help you pass your practical driving test sooner rather than later.

1. Apply for your provisional driving licence early

You cannot learn to drive or book your theory test unless you have a provisional driving licence. This is something that you can order at 15 years and 9 months old for just £34. Don’t hold up your driving lessons because you haven’t completed the important first step.

2. Go with a professional instructor

Every family has so-called “driving experts” – whether that’s your parents or an uncle or aunt. While they might have been driving for longer than you’ve been born, it is likely they’ve let bad habits creep into their day-to-day driving which they could pass on to you. There’s also the very real possibility that an innocent driving lesson with a relative ends up causing a full-blown family feud after one too many stressful hill starts or traffic light stalls.

The key is to get a professional driving instructor who is trained to instruct you based upon your learning style. Not only will they have a modern tuition vehicle equipped with dual controls and the latest in-car tech, they are trained to quickly identify your faults, analyse them and recommend the best remedial action – in a proactive manner.

angry parent giving driving lesson
Getting lessons with a family member can end up in stress and arguments, and hold your learning back (Photo: Shutterstock)

3. Be prepared

In order to pass anything quickly, you must do it properly. Be prepared and put in the hard work and be ready to spend a lot of time dedicated to the theory test. Practice makes perfect and as long as you keep going and don’t give up you will find that all the hard work pays off. If for any reason you decide to take a break between lessons, be aware that this might set you back a little, so if you can help it then be consistent and keep your lessons up.

4. Drive as much as you can

It sounds obvious, but the more you get behind the wheel, the quicker you are going to get familiar with all aspects of driving. By doing this, it will then give you the confidence in the car which will allow you to pass a lot sooner. If it’s possible, in between your driving lessons with your instructor, get insured to drive with your parents or family in their vehicle. Demonstrating aspects from your lesson and drive in your local area on routes you are familiar with can also assist with getting further practical experience.

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5. Constantly revisit your theory

You cannot take your driving test without passing your theory test first, so the quicker you complete your theory, the quicker you can pass your practical (assuming your instructor thinks you’re ready and safe to do so). Don’t just stop there though, once you pass: constantly revisit your theory test as it will help you even more when you are out driving. Understanding road signs, speed limits and the rules of the road is incredibly important.

Driving instructor gives lesson
It’s a good idea to keep going over your theory even once you’ve passed that part of the test (Photo: Shutterstock)

6. Double up on your lessons

Booking two-hour lessons might be more beneficial to passing quicker than the standard one-hour lesson per week, or if you can only do one-hour lessons then try to book more than one per week. Driving schools recommend between 30 and 40 hours of driving lessons from a qualified instructor at minimum; at one lesson per week you’re looking at 30 to 40 weeks (minimum) – equivalent to 7 to 10 months. That being said, no respectable instructor will encourage you to book your practical test when you’re not ready and they don’t believe you will pass.

7. Book your test well in advance

Don’t rush to take your test, but book it as soon as your instructor agrees. Due to driving test centre waiting times, which can be around eight weeks in some places, get booked in as soon as you see a spot that’s right for you. Your instructor will know when to book you in, you don’t need to be completely ready at this point. If your instructor is confident you will pass but you aren’t, still go ahead and book it – don’t hold off because you’re nervous. They clearly see something in you that you aren’t seeing.

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