What are some good tips before taking my driving test?

What are some good tips before taking my driving test?

The driving test is what you’ve been working towards. Regardless of how many driving lessons you’ve had or how many theory test attempts, you’re at the final stretch. Your driving test is the opportunity to show what you’ve learned, and you’ll be assessed on a series of tasks set by the examiner.

You won’t know what these are until you do the test, which can be nerve-racking.

Here are some useful tips for you that you might find useful when it comes to preparing for your driving test.

Learn To Drive In A Variety Of Conditions

Whenever you have a driving lesson, neither you nor your instructor can control the weather. If you’ve had mainly dry days where your lesson has landed, then it’s worth driving on a wet day.

Try and book in a last-minute slot were possible on a day where it’s raining. The more weather conditions you drive in, the better prepared you’ll be on the test. So whether your driving test is in the rain or on a dry day, you won’t feel put off by it.

Have A Lesson Beforehand

In order to relieve any nerves, it’s good to have a driving lesson before the test. Ideally, you want this to be on the same day, if possible. That way, you have a chance to relax into the driving and go over anything you’re unsure of. Some can take their driving instructors along with them, but that’s up to you.

Make sure you go over all the relevant maneuvers that are common in tests. Your driving instructor should know these and will give you any last-minute tips too.

Arrive Early

Arriving early is better than arriving late. And when it comes to your test, you don’t want anything getting in the way. Even arriving on time can mean you don’t have a moment to prepare yourself. Getting there early enough can give you time to relax, think everything through, and be ready.

It can be surprising what a bit of alone time to reflect can do for you in preparation for the exam.

Ask Your Examiner To Repeat When Needed

The atmosphere of a test can feel very nerve-racking. It’s important that you don’t let that be something that gets to you. As you go through your test, if there’s anything you misheard, ask it to be repeated.

Don’t just carry on as normal or attempting to do something that you thought was needed. Always clarify anything that your examiner says and repeat the task out load so that it sinks in.

Don’t feel awkward or embarrassed, it could be the difference between you passing and failing.

Remember To Breathe

As mentioned already, take your time and remember to breathe. It can be stressful enough, and when you’re stressed, you don’t breathe properly. We get shortness of breathe when, in fact, we want deep breathing. This can help make things clearer and less chaotic.

There are lots of different breathing techniques to try out. It’s worth doing them in your driving lessons early on or at any time where you feel nervous. There’s likely to be something that can help you.

The examiner will be sure to tell you to relax because they want you to do your best. Take their advice, take a deep breath, and trust yourself to succeed.

Never Assume You’ve Failed

There are occasions where a learner driver has thought they’ve failed when they haven’t. In fact, it could be that they failed on something that wasn’t recognised by yourself.

Never assume that you’ve failed, even if you know you did something wrong.

The distinction between majors and minors can be so discreet that you should always stay positive.

Continue to do as you are told, and don’t keep your eye off the ball until you’ve finished. As much as it can feel like you’ve failed, that might not be the case.

Be Sure To Listen For Tips If You Failed

At the end of the test, it can be hard to stay attentive when you’re told that you’ve failed. However, the feedback that an examiner gives can be crucial for your next test.

Take in all the information, and be sure to relay this to the instructor if they’re not there. If they are, they’ll likely to use the information to help you pass next time around.

Driving tests are certainly a nerve-racking experience, but it’s important to keep a level head.

Get plenty of rest the night before, arrive early, and be sure to breathe properly during the test.

Take your time and be attentive throughout!

Calls for Driving Lessons to Be Videoed After ADI Misconduct Claims Triple

ADI DashCam

Research by a leading newspaper has revealed that the number of claims of sexual harassment levelled at driving instructors by their students has tripled in just four years.

In a recent Sunday Telegraph article, findings suggested that reported conduct breaches included unnecessary physical contact, the use of sexualised language and inappropriate text messaging. The worrying findings have meant that some instructors are calling for in-vehicle video recording to be made mandatory in order to protect both learner drivers and ADIs alike.

Between April 2018 and March 2019, over 240 complaints of sexual harassment were brought to the attention of the Drive and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). This represents a significant increase in just a few short years. In comparison, just 75 reports were made between 2015-2016. However, that number has since been on the rise, with 109 reports being made in 2016-2017, and 150 in 2017-2018.

 

Action taken

Following complaints last year, the DVSA took action against several instructors. Of these:

• 10 were banned from instructing.
• 23 were issued with warnings.

A further 130 cases are still under investigation.

 

Calls for regulation

Some instructors and students feel that the DVSA isn’t doing enough to help combat inappropriate behaviour, with many calling for measures to be introduced to help reverse the trend. Conservative MP Richard Graham has called for the following legislative measures to implemented:

• Mandatory recording of lessons – this would involve the fitting of all learner vehicles with in-car cameras, to protect both parties and to provide evidence of any inappropriateness.

• Banning instructor/student relationships – this would involve instructors to be classified in the same way as teachers in other educational settings, meaning that any sexual relationship between a student and instructor would become a criminal offence. At present, the DVSA already takes a stance that any form of intimate relationship between students and instructors is “unprofessional”, however there are currently no laws against this.

 

Safeguarding

Carly Brookfield, the CEO of the Driving Instructors Association, has also called for mandatory safeguarding training to be issued to instructors. In a recent statement, Brookfield highlighted how this would help instructors to educate learner drivers without “compromising” on professionalism.

 

Guidelines

Learners might be unaware of what instructors are allowed to legally do during a lesson. According to the DVSA, instructors should avoid the following:

• Inappropriate physical touching/contact.
• Inappropriate language.
• Discussion of personal relationships.
• The creation of circumstances which could be perceived to be inappropriate.

 

In perspective

While the news of a rise in complaints against instructors is concerning, it is perhaps worth noting that there are over 40,000 driving instructors in the UK. Those accused of misconduct make up a tiny fraction of British instructors, while the overwhelming majority of ADIs conduct themselves responsibly.