January 1st is traditionally a time when many people renew their dreams of learning to drive or having another attempt at passing the driving test, so I would like to offer some tips to help you pass the dsa driving test and get your full British licence at the beginning of the new year.
Many of you will be making new year resolutions regarding passing the UK driving test, and I would like to encourage you to follow these dreams through by having action plans to help you realise your dream of getting a full British licence and be able to drive a car unsupervised and go on motorways or anywhere you like at the time you desire.
1. Write your goal down on paper and paste it in places that you will see it daily. You need a constant reminder why you want to pass the driving test, and this should provide the incentive not only to work hard towards this by taking regular and consistent driving lessons, but will also make sure that you give priority to allocating the funds necessary to achive your goal by the end of the year 2010.
2. The DSA are making the test harder in 2010 with the introduction of independent driving elements to the practical assessment from october, so your chances of passing will reduce even further from that date, the time to prepare will grow and the costs involved will be greater, so January is better than rushing to book a test in september to beat the changes deadline.
3. Know the test requirements inside out. Even if you are paying an instructor to help you prepare for the car practical, I suggest you spend an extra £10 on the official DSA guide DVD and watch it until you've totally understood what the examiner is expecting on the day (this means not just once, but 5 maybe 10 times). This will not only boost your confidence, but it allows you to know if your instructor is actually doing their job by covering the skills required for you to pass or are just taking you for a ride (literally, by just allowing you to drive around and perform a few maneuvers).
4. Take a mock test (with a different instructor if possible) when you think you are ready to face the dsa examiner. There are 2 reasons for this, firstly by having someone only giving you directions and no assistance at all helps you to know if you are totally independent in your driving and not relying on your instructor even if it is only a yes to a question you ask (the examiner will not help you in anyway, so you need to be absolutely sure you are doing things at the required standard), secondly if you take the mock test with a different instructor, you'll be able to see how you react in test conditions with a stranger sitting next to you, you might also get some valuable independent advice on how to do things.
5. Don't get discouraged by a failed test attempt. It would be nice to pass the driving test first time in 2010, but the reality of life is that not everyone will do so, no matter how hard they have worked and well prepared they might be, just one mistake could be classified as a serious driving error which while this might cause you to fail the test, doesn't mean you are bad driver, a failure or not ready. Learn from the experience, keep your chin high, put in some more hard work, stay positive and go for it again, and you will succeed.
There are no absolute guarantees when it comes to passing the driving test, but if you follow the advice I have guven above, then you have a very good and high chance of achieving your goal in 2010, preferably before october 2010 when the new driving test changes come into effect. So don't just make a new year resolution, put a plan in action and follow it through till the very end.
Important! If you are not learning to drive with an instructor, it is important that BOTH you and the person teaching you to drive read The DSA official test guide, this book will greatly increase your chance of passing the driving test without spending too much money on lessons.