As a DSA approved instructor, over the years I've seen many learner drivers who have taken the required driving lessons, are at the required standard needed to pass, but yet I have to continually boost their confidence telling them that they are ready to take on the DSA driving examiner for the 40 minute car test.
Here is a checklist that should help you to be confident in the knowledge that you are ready to pass the driving test.
Have you taken the prerequisite number of driving lessons with an approved instructor who offers quality tuition covering the complete DSA syllabus as detailed in the driver's record and not just the first person you found offering the cheapest driving lessons in your area.
There are two things that needs to be covered by anyone teaching you to drive a car before you should consider yourself confident enough to book and take the driving test.
You need to learn the driving skills as expected by the driving examiner, so for example your instructor or supervising driver will show you how to carry out the parallel parking exercise to the test standard.
You also need to have enough experience of carrying out this exercise in various road conditions and situations. It is no use knowing how to do the reverse parking manuover, but can't deal safely with cars or pedestrians that turn up during the maneuver while on the test either because you've never been in such a situation before, or you've not be told the DSA standard of dealing with such situations. Experience is very important, so get enough practise doing all the driving skills as many times as possible to boost your confidence.
Believe in your instructor
If you've been preparing for the driving test with an instructor, and they advice you that you've reached the standard of the practical car assessment, then you must trust their judgment, knowledge and experience. If you don't trust your driving instructor, then why are you still paying them to give you a service that you think is second class? Usually ADI's will be telling candidates that they aren't quite ready for a test, so there is no excuse for not trusting on this one, even if you feel you aren't, then at least give it a go. Being nervous about it is common, but if you concentrate on the task at hand, then you should be okay.
Driving Knowledge Builds Confidence
Another way of building confidence is if you know the rules and regulations that govern the roads that you drive on. I've lost count of the number of times a learner driver approaches a roundabout in the UK and slows down because a car seems to be driving fast towards the junction from the left. If you know that you have the right of way, then you would approach with confidence knowing that the car will have to stop for you, or have to explain why it ran into you at the roundabout.
If you've passed the driving theory test, then the DSA driving examiner expects you to use the information while out on the road, so slowing down for cars on side roads that have give way signs, not obeying road markings or sign all affect your confidence.
I advice any driving test candidate to read the highway code in between lessons, to remind them of the information they gained from passing the theory test which could be almost 2 years ago.
It is up to you be confident about your driving test, as getting that pass certificate depends on your ability to demonstrate to the DSA driving examiner, that you deserve that full British licence.
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