Before your driving test: get ready with our step-by-step guide

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Your driving test is a big deal. But if you are prepared, as well as in the right frame of mind, the test will go a lot smoother. We have a step-by-step guide to help you before the test.

1. Take the day off

Book the day off work and clear your schedule so you don’t have anything else to concentrate on. There is no point in rushing to and from your job when you are doing your test. Take the necessary time to prepare and leave the evening free to enjoy yourself once you pass.

2. Think positively

Start the day with a good positive approach telling yourself that this is the day you pass your driving test. There is no point in worrying yourself to death over a test that takes less than 1 hour to complete. You will know if you have prepared properly and you should have confidence and belief in your own abilities.

3. Eat well

Make sure you eat a good breakfast. Even though you may be nervous eating something is very important. Research has shown that the body needs food to concentrate.

4. Choose your outfit beforehand

Make sure you dress appropriately. Dress for comfort and not for style. Your examiner wants to test your driving ability, not your fashion sense. Wear a pair of shoes or trainers that you feel comfortable in or the footwear you usually have on when driving. It is a best to decide on your clothes the night before. If you need to wear glasses, then wear them.

5. Give yourself lots of time

Arrive in plenty of time. You should be present in the test centre at least ten minutes before the appointed time of your test. If you are late the test will be canceled and the fee will be forfeited.

6. Don’t forget important documents

You must bring your provisional licence and the letter of notification.

7. Make sure your car is clean and in good working order

If you are using your own car for the driving test, make sure your car is clean, presentable and in good working order. On the day, car requirements are as follows:

  • The seat belts are in working order
  • The tax and insurance discs are current
  • The ‘L’ plates are in visible and not obstructing your view
  • Your vehicle is in a roadworthy condition (with an NCT Certificate if applicable)
  • The indicators and brake lights are clean and clear
  • You know how to work the secondary controls, such as wipers, demisters, etc
  • The tyres are above the minimum thread depth (1.6mm)
  • The seat headrests are in position





Anne Sexton

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