Under pressure on driving test

If you want to pass the driving test, then you can not allow yourself to be pressurised by other road users while you are undergoing the dsa practical car assessment with the driving examiner.

As you would know from the many experiences you have faced during your driving lessons while preparing for the test, other road users can not be bothered to be patient with learner drivers, they will tailgate you, intimidate you by revving their engines, beep their horns and just generally be a nuisance to you. This will not change while you are out on your driving test, so you need to start getting used to not getting under pressure when you come across these road users during your lessons. The earlier you know how to deal with this kind of pressure, the better the chance you have of passing the driving test.

Even if the people know you are on a driving test, not many of them are still going to be understanding, as they are usually too in a hurry to get where they are going, but this must not be allowed to affect your driving during the 40 minutes you are in the car with the DSA examiner.
At junctions, you must not emerge (especially when turning right) until it is safe to do so (suitable gaps on both sides of the road), no matter what the cars in front of you do, or how long it takes for you to find a safe gap.
Don't increase your speed just because there is a car close behind you going fast, you must consider the prevailing conditions and drive accordingly.

Whatever you do during the driving test, if you want to pass, you must continue to remain safe and follow the highway code. Other road users already have their full british licence and can do what they like, but you can't afford that luxury with the dsa examiner in the car, so only do what is legal and safe. Even going 1 mph over the speed limit is not allowed, as that could be the excuse the driving examiner needs to fail you (I don't know about driving test quotas, but you can only be failed if you do something serious or dangerously wrong), so don't do it even if a friend did the same thing on their test and got away with it (hitting the kerb for example while doing the reverse parking manoeuvre).

So in summary, you will pass the driving test if you do what the dsa examiner wants to see, and don't bow to pressure from other road users but follow the advice you been given by your instructor or supervising driver.

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Driving test in an Hour

If you have a driving test in one hour's time what can you do to increase your chances of passing? Well not alot, especially if you are not fully prepared. As a DSA approved instructor, the last hour before a practical car assessment is usually spent with the learner driving around the local test centre area routes, getting used to the traffic and weather conditions, I would normally go over the least favorite driving maneuver, just to brush up on the skills, but this is not the time to be teaching new ways of doing things.

I also use the last hour before getting to the dsa centre to boost the candidate's confidence, reminding them that they've got all the skills and experience required to get that desired pass certificate, and all they've got to do is to drive to the best of their ability as they have been doing on thier driving lessons. If they make a mistake, they should not give up, but continue until the very end.

If there is any local hotspot that can be tricky on the driving test, then I would also take them there if there is enough time during the final one hour (this wouldn't be the first time of going there, but it would just be to have an idea what conditions are like prior to the test), though things could obviously change by the time the candidate gets there with the dsa examiner.

If you are not going to the driving test with an instructor, then you need to get to the test centre area early, and drive round with you supervisor, also check the car over throughl to make sure it meets the DSA test requirements (tyres, lights, windscreen) as you don't want to lose your fee and the opportunity of getting a full british driving licence due to bald tyres or headlights not working. You don't have much time in the last hour before the test to visit a garage or change a flat tyre especially if you are not familiar with the test centre area.

Finally make sure you arrive at the centre around 15 minutes before your test so you car do the bay parking exercise. The closer to your appoinment you arrive, the busier the car park will be, and you don't want unnecessary pressure at this time, so in a nutshell make valuable use of the one hour before your UK driving test, but above all remain calm and focus on the task at hand, if you've prepared for it, then you can do it.

Don't think on driving test

If you want to pass the driving test, you can not afford to be thinking about anything else apart from the present task at hand.

Many test candidates are so pre-occupied with the fact that they badly want to pass the dsa practical car assessment, that they don't concentrate fully on their driving. Subconciously their either trying to figure out where they are being taken on the test route, what driving maneuver they will be asked to do next or remembering what they failed their last test on, and that this is their 3rd driving attempt!

The best way to guarantee you will pass is to treat the driving test as your first attempt, concentrate fully on showing the dsa examiner that you have acquired the required skills at the set standard, and that you are ready to be allowed to gain more experience as an unsupervised safe driver.
If you make a driving mistake, don't start to think did I get a major or minor fault for that, let it go, ignore it, and still continue to give the assessment your best efforts. You need to wait until it is over before you relax. If you've had enough practise, done your homework and research well, then the 40minutes will fly by quickly. But until you've got back into the driving test centre and the examiner has told you that it's the end of the test, don't let your guard down. I've lost count of the number of stories I've heard of people failing thier dsa practical car assessment either within site of or inside the test centre car park.

One split second is all it takes, so you can't afford to think about anything on your driving test apart from the developing situation in front of you. One step at a time is all it takes, deal with the present sucessfully, and move on to the next.

DSA Examiner keeps record of driving test attempts

I was speaking to a learner driver preparing for the driving test yesterday, and he was mentioning the fact that dsa driving examiners keep record of the number of times a candidate has taken the practical car test, and that the more the number, the harder they make the test!

This is just another one of those myths that seem to go around concerning the DSA UK driving test. The local test centre examiners do not keep records of individuals that have attempted to pass the driving test, and they treat each assessment on what the driver does on the day.
It is possible that an examiner might remember a candidate from a previous visit, but they can't use that against the learner driver during the current test.

It doesn't matter how many times you've taken the test, you need to focus on the task at hand, forget about previous attempts and treat this driving test as if it were your first. You need to be confident that you've learnt from previous driving mistakes, and that you have now gained the necessary skills required to be allowed on the british roads unsupervised.

If anyone is keeping records of driving test attempts, then it is you, not the dsa examiner.