Experience to pass UK driving test

You need experience to pass the current UK practical car test, irrespective of how long you have held a foreign or international driving licence.

The type of experience required is to be able to deal with hazards or situations at the DSA 'safe' standard and not just the way other road users do it, be it here in the UK or your country (africa, india or USA).



If you think that by taking a 2 hour driving lesson with a qualified instructor after 10 years on a pakistani licence you will get everything sorted out, you are not being true to human nature. Habits die hard, and it takes practice consistently to drive at the standard expected by the dsa examiner, so give yourself enough time to prepare if you are really serious about passing the driving test.

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.

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1.5hrs Driving Lesson before Test

If you are asking how many hours driving lesson you should have on the day of your practical car assessment with the DSA examiner, I want you to know that 1.5 hours is too much and could affect your ability to pass the driving test.

Most driving instructors will pick you up about 1 hour before the test, and this time is normally utilised just to get you used to the driving conditions on the day, and practice one or two test maneuvers, go over some of the show me and tell me questions you might be asked, and is thus not the time to be learning anything new (its too late for that).



You do not want to arrive for your driving test exhausted or worn out because you've just had a 2 hour session with your instructor. You need to be fresh and able to concentrate, so don't book a 1.5 hour lesson before arriving at the DSA test centre.

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.

Automatic driving test use Handbrake

This is just a quick tip for those of you who want to pass the driving test on the first attempt in an automatic car, to use the handbrake when necessary on the practical test.

I was giving someone a driving lesson in their own private car which had an automatic transmission, and they thought that they never needed to use the handbrake except when the dsa examiner asks her to do a normal stop on the left!



I'm going to give you 2 examples of situations where you should use the handbrake even if you are taking the test in an automatic car.

1. When emerging at a T junction to turn right and you are waiting for a very long queue of traffic, use the handbrake to secure the car so that you don't creep into the junction before it is safe, but more importantly if someone hits you from behind your reflex might make you take your foot off the brake and you are pushed into the path of vehicles in the junction.

2. When you stop for pedestrians at a crossing (zebra, pelican, toucan), use the handbrake to secure your automatic car to protect the people crossing in front of your vehicle.

It only takes a few seconds, and could be your saving grace and help you to pass the driving test!

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.

Reversing Test Maneuvers Advice

Here is some short advice you need to take into consideration when carrying out reversing test maneuvers, especially if you are serious about passing the driving test on your first attempt!

You MUST look over your left shoulder through the rear windscreen of the car to see where you are going when carrying out a reversing maneuver during the UK driving test. Using the interior mirror to reverse is not acceptable to the dsa examiner, nor should you be staring in front of the car if the vehicle is traveling backwards.

I'm telling you this from my experience of both sitting in on driving tests, and many lessons used to preparing candidates. Look behind more than in front of the car so you can effectively know that it is safe, particularly if reversing around the corner, as pedestrians will still cross the road behind your vehicle, and you need to STOP and let them get out of your way (all round or 6 point checks are essential here).



All of this is explained in the DSA learning to drive guide shown below which only costs a few pounds (you might even be able to borrow a copy from your local library) and could save you another test fee as well as the extra driving lessons cost!



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.



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Never failed a test in my life

I have seen many people fail to pass the driving test and they seem surprised because they have never failed any test or exam in their life prior to the practical car assessment with dsa examiner, and the effect is more dramatic because they passed the driving theory test first time with flying colours.

The reason why you as an academic scholar should not go into the dsa practical car test with the belief that you will pass first time because you haven't failed an exam or test before is because the UK driving test is not an academic examination, and thus you have no previous experience of this type of test before now. You will be using psychomotor skills, and unless you are lucky enough to have things like flying lessons, ride a motor-bike are in new teritory and need to make sure you get enough practice before booking a driving test.



One of the special skills that is being tested on the dsa car test, is the ability to think on the move, you need to make decisions pretty fast while on the move, this is different from your master's degree exams where you can skip a question, take time to consider the options available or brood over the essay that you are about to write.
On a test manuever, you have limited time to carry out proper observations while the car is moving towards a pedestrian walking on the road, you need to act quickly on approach to a roundabout, deciding when to brake, what gear you are going to use, consider if you need to stop, slow down and give way, etc. It is a whole different game ball, so academics does not come into it at all, so being an A1 oxford graduate doesn't mean you will ace your driving test.

Talk to your instructor, and make sure that you don't under-estimate what is required by the DSA examiner, and only then can you be sure you are adequately prepared and have the best chances of passing with flying colors, achieving the goal of a full british pink driving licence. Remember the theory test is just another academic examination, and therefore no indication of how your psycomotor skills will perform during the 40 minutes test with the dsa examiner.

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.

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