Get ready for your driving test
Passing your driving test gives you independence and freedom. But taking your test too early could lead to a failed test, disappointment, and potentially delays to you getting on the road.
driving tests were failed between January and March 2022 in Great Britain.
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.
You’ll usually be ready when:
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.
You need to be a good driver to pass the driving test.
If you’re making silly mistakes that are dangerous or potentially dangerous during your driving lessons, you’re not ready to pass your driving test and drive on your own.
Lots of people who fail the driving test incorrectly think it’s because they were marked too harshly. It’s actually because they did not realise the standard that’s needed to pass.
Taking and passing mock tests with your driving instructor will help you understand how the marking works and if you’re ready to pass.
Controlling your nerves is a really important skill for driving safely.
Make sure you’ve got a plan in place to manage your nerves when you take your test.
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.
You’re ready to take your driving test when you can drive safely and follow The Highway Code without any prompts from your instructor, while keeping your nerves under control.Mark Winn, Chief Driving Examiner
On average, it takes people 45 hours of driving lessons with a driving instructor and 22 hours of practice with family or friends to learn to drive.
1 in 5 people who fail their driving test say the main reason they fail is because they made a silly mistake on the day.
If you’re making silly mistakes during your driving lessons or private practice, it means you’re not ready to drive safely on your own yet.
The best way to avoid making silly mistakes is practice, practice, practice.
You’ll be ready to take your test when you’re reaching level 5 on all of the driving skills on the learner driver’s record during every lesson you have.
If you cannot control your nerves, it means you’re not safe.
On average, more than 1,100 driving tests get cancelled every month because people:
Don’t be one of them.