10 Tips for Passing Your Practical Test


1 On the day of the test there are some important things you need to remember to take with you:

  • Your valid provisional licence including the paper part
  • Your pass certificate from your theory test.
  • Essential Driver Training (EDT) log book
  • Your glasses (if you need them for driving)

2 Have a driving lesson before your test. It will help you get used to being in the car and it’s also the perfect time to run through anything you’re still a little bit unsure of with your driving instructor.

3 Get to the test centre early, so you won’t feel rushed or flustered.

4 Your Examiner will ask you about your vehicle so you should you know how to operate the secondary controls, such as windscreen wipers and washers, demisters, rear window heater, lights and air-conditioning (where fitted). You must also know how to adjust the seat, safety belt, head restraint and mirrors and ensure the doors are closed.

You must also know how to perform a check on the tyres, lights, reflectors, indicators, engine oil, coolant, windscreen washer fluid, steering, brakes and horn. You’ll have to explain to the examiner what your safety check would be for the car part they ask you about, so make sure you get a family member or your driving instructor to show you how all of these work.

5 The test lasts 40 minutes and you’ll need to show your knowledge of the Rules of the
Road (including identifying road signs); demonstrating hand signals. Make sure you concentrate on everything that’s going on around you and drive with confidence. If you make a mistake it’s not the
end of the world, just stay calm and carry on driving.

6 You’ll have to perform the following manoeuvres like reversing around a corner, a turn in the road, a bay park, a parallel park, a reverse around the corner or a hill start. You’ may also be asked to perform an emergency stop.

7 If the examiner asks you to do something and you don’t understand what they mean, don’t be afraid to ask!

8 Your driving will be assessed in the following situations: moving off, driving in traffic, stopping, reversing round a corner, turning about to face in the opposite direction, starting on a hill, parking, road positioning, overtaking and passing, anticipation and observation, use of mirrors and signals,
progress, speed, compliance with traffic lights, road signs and markings and the use of the vehicle controls and use of secondary controls such as wipers, demisters, etc.

9 If you stall the car, don’t panic! Stay confident, restart the engine, check for any other hazards and then pull off again if it’s safe.

10 Remember a driving instructor does not send you to fail your driving test as they have taught you all the tasks and procedures and told you to apply for your test, so have confidence in your abilities, don’t get nervous and you should pass your driving test.