Passing your driving test gives you independence and freedom. But many learner drivers take their test too early, leading to a failed test, disappointment, extra costs and delays to getting on the road.

Check you’re ready to take the test

You’ll usually be ready to take your driving test when:

1. You do not need prompts from your driving instructor.
You need to be dealing with every part of driving consistently, confidently and independently – without any prompting from your driving instructor. You’ll be getting ready for your test when you’re able to adapt to situations and see why perfecting your skills makes you safer and more fuel-efficient.
2. You do not make serious or dangerous mistakes when you’re driving.
You need to be a good and safe driver to pass the driving test. If you’re making serious or dangerous mistakes during your driving lessons and brushing them off as ‘silly mistakes’, you’re not ready to pass your driving test and drive on your own.
3. You can pass mock driving tests.
Taking and passing mock driving tests with your driving instructor will help you understand if you’ve reached the standard that’s needed to pass.
4. You have practised ways of managing your nerves.
It’s really important to be able to manage your nerves to be a safe driver. Practise ways of managing your nerves to help you stay calm and focused when you take your test. This will help you in the vital months after you’ve passed your test, too.
5. Your driving instructor agrees you’re ready.
If your driving instructor says you’re not ready to take your driving test, listen to them. Driving instructors are specially trained road safety experts. They’ve got lots of driving experience – and they know what it takes to pass the driving test. Remember, they want you to be a safe driver, keep your insurance costs low, and enjoy driving for years to come.

51 out of every 100 driving tests were failed in Great Britain during April 2023

If you’re not ready to pass, it’s best to move your test back. It’s the best way of getting your independence and freedom as soon as possible.

Skills you need to drive

Learning to drive opens up a new world of independence. But it also comes with responsibility. It’s important that you learn the skills you need to become a safe driver – not just to pass the driving test, but for the rest of your life.

Managing driving test nerves

Nervousness is a natural reaction to tests and exams. And driving tests are no different. Driving examiners know this, and they’ll do their best to help you relax. You can prepare by practising different ways of managing your nerves and finding out what works best for you.

Taking mock driving tests

You’d never take an exam without doing a few mock exam papers first. And you probably took more than one mock theory test before taking the real thing. Mock driving tests are just as important.

Taking the driving test

To pass the driving test you must be able to drive safely in different road and traffic conditions, and show that you know The Highway Code by the way you drive.

Helping someone learn to drive

When you supervise a learner driver, you’re part of the process of making them a safe driver. Look on it as a team effort involving you, your learner and their driving instructor.

Move your driving test if you’re not ready

By moving your test, you’ll free up an appointment for someone who is ready to take their test. This could help them get their dream job, or help with caring for their family.

Moving your driving test back if you’re not ready can give you vital time to:

  • brush up on your skills
  • take a few more mock tests
  • practise managing your nerves
  • make sure you’re ready to pass

It’s free to change your appointment time, as long as you do it at least 3 full working days (Mondays to Saturdays) before your test.

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