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.
2. You do not make serious or dangerous mistakes when you’re driving.
3. You can pass mock driving tests.
4. You have practised ways of managing your nerves.
5. Your driving instructor agrees you’re ready.
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.
Find out more about the skills you need
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.
Find out about ways of managing your driving test nerves
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.
Find out more about taking mock driving tests
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.
Find out what to expect when you take the driving test
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.
Find out more about helping a learner driver
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.