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Practical driving test tips to help guide you through the driving test


Here are the some tips to overcome your driving test nerves and passing your practical driving test


  • Arrive at the test centre in good time. Look around inside and out, and work out a good position to park your test car.
  • Make sure you have you have both parts of driving licence. (A driving licence is only valid as two parts, the photo card and paper counterpart.) 
  • If you wear glasses or contact lenses, make sure you take them with you.
  • Think positive, stay calm and focused; remember all that you have learnt. Remember you can drive.
  • During the test you stall, deal with it and move on. As long as you don't stall in a dangerous situation, such as on a roundabout and as long as you handle it properly, this does not count as a serious fault and you can still pass your test
  • During the driving test if you feel you've made a mistake, don't instantly assume you've failed  it may only have been a minor fault. Put it behind you and continue on driving as well as you can.
  • If you are given an instruction that you do not understand, then ask your examiner to explain. If you go off the independent driving route it won't affect the result of your test unless you commit a driving fault.
  • You may bring your own interpreter for your practical test as long as they are over 16 years of age.
  • Practice until you can drive without help from your instructor for the duration of a full driving lesson


To book you practical driving test, we would suggest using the official (DSA) online service. Make sure you have your driving licence, theory test certificate and means of payment with you before starting the online booking. To book online click here to go to the DSA online booking page

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