Tips for passing driving test

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  1. Davekale86

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    So guys and gals tomorrow is going to be my 3rd driving test [emoji31] just wondering if anyone has any tips or hints to passing it seem to be failing on the same things like approach speed and distance thanks
     
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    Wear a short skirt and flirt with the examiner.
     
  3. Davekale86

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    Ha ha yeah that would work doubt he would like my hairy legs though [emoji1]
     
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    Firstly, don't think of it as a driving test. It's a safety test. If you focus on techniques like gear changes etc then you'll lose your emphasis on what's important like forward planning, lane discipline and following distance.
    Second, it sounds like your planning is weak. When approaching a hazard (a roundabout eg) remember to deal with each aspect in turn. One task at a time. So mirrors - effective observations are vital if you are going to flow through a hazard in safety.
    Signals - consider which Signals you could use to benefit other road users not forgetting the position of the car as an indicator.
    Manoeuvre - select your speed, then match the speed with the most useful gear, then steer the car safely through the hazard.
    One thing at a time.

    Without seeing you drive I can't really help more but feel free to post any specific questions you might have.

    Otherwise, good luck.
     
  5. Davekale86

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    Yeah my instructor has said my planning isn't the best also I'm working tonight 10pm till 6am test is in the morning at 10.15am do you think it's a good idea to work tonight? Was thinking yo ring in work thanks for the advice
     
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    Yep, your planning really is bad ;)
     
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    Mirrors, keep using them even if you don't feel the need
     
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    Actually it might not be a bad idea to work tonight. Some people would lay awake tossing and turning and that isn't great. It'll keep you busy.
     
  9. Davekale86

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    Will I not be tired though? Don't wanna be falling asleep lol yeah planning is bad always been like that [emoji1]
     
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    Only person who can decide that is you! What job do you do?
     
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    How about...
    Try keeping your approach speed down.

    And try keeping a good distance to car in front.

    Seriously, you know two things you have failed on twice already. The only people you need to listen to are your instructor and examiner.
    Good luck.
     
  12. Davekale86

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    Machine Op what advice would you give your students?
     
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    At this late stage I would say work the shift.
    It's the lesser of two evils.
     
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    Mirrors, mirrors and mirrors. You should be checking them every few seconds anyway if you're driving but on a test you should make sure the examiner knows you're using them.

    Other than that just make sure you know the speed limits for the area and keep within them whilst looking for all the road signs, they're there for you so use them.

    Manoeuvres, only you know whether you can do them or not but either way just take your time and be extra observent, make sure you constantly check what's happening around so you can react to it, the examiner is not just looking to see if you can do the things he wants to know if you can do it safely.

    If you follow that advice you should be OK.

    Oh and MIRRORS, MIRRORS, MIRRORS!!!

    Good luck mate all the best.
     
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    You can fail on approaching too slowly as well as too fast, but the distance thing is more likely to be getting too close, but not necessarily. Not keeping up in traffic and holding people up could count against you (I think).
     
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    Both of those (too slow/too far away) would probably only result in minor faults though. Approaching too fast, or being too close would probably result in major faults & instant failure (especially if the examiner felt the need to step on the brake because of your speed/distance).
     
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    You've been given some very good advice so far.

    All i would add is, try to relax while out on the drive. Relaxing will help you to think and deal with situations more calmly. Try reading the road ahead so you can start planning your approach.

    Oh, breathing is good as well :)
     
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    I think the only reason i passed the 2nd time was because i made a mistake at the start of the test i thought was a fail. So i just took the rest of the exam annoyed at myself but essentially relaxed as i cant fail twice the same time. My problem is nerves at someone judging me.

    It does sound like forward planning needs some work though. Take your time, remember what you were taught and leave 2 seconds between cars and when stopping leave "tyres and tarmac" behind a car.

    Good luck!
     
  19. Davekale86

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    Thanks for the advice will let you know what my result is tomorrow [emoji6]
     
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    Confidence is a biggy, gut instinct, just be calm and cool.
    If you show you can be calm, not get stressed, all dithery, that would outway any minors he might be thinking of.
    I had to drive up onto a pavement on my test, as there was a bin lorry, and a bus, i was the only one that could move, onto a pavement.
    I made some other minor errors, but he said i took the situation well, and kept the situation under control.(i was bricking it, and totally had no option)
    If you can show to be confident, and a nice safe easy going drive, youll shine through,(and not make any errors on the manouvers of course).
     
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    Exaggerate some of your actions like looking in the mirrors. You may well have looked but you need to make sure that the examine noticed that you looked.

    Cheers,

    Nigel
     
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    Good point, but it's very easy to tell if the driver has checked them or not.
     
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    There's only one manoeuvre on a test now of course so I would really pad out through manoeuvre. Take as long as you can over it by going over the top on observations.
    If you come back to the test centre with a sore neck it's a good sign.
    And also - a stall is not a fail. Panicking after a stall is the problem. If you do stall, handbrake, neutral and restart the engine, good obs all round then move off when safe.
     
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    Your either ready to be on the road or not its that simple , likely nerves on the day failing you , nobody drives perfect on the road , confidence is the key. .good luck.
     
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    Treat it as another lesson, I was so nervous I didn't realize I had not turned my indicator off after a turn (It didn't go off by itself) that was pretty much the only thing I messed up.

    I was thinking about making a joke before I left but I decided against it

    (Instructor: Are you ok, Me: I could do with a drink)

    Didn't help my nerves that this was a rescheduled appointment as my first test was cancelled as the instructor walked out of his last test before mine.
     
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    This is very true, what's also true is you don't learn to drive until after you pass the test.

    Back when I was learning I used to get very frustrated with myself cos it wasn't perfect, my instructor was more than happy and he always said I was my own biggest critic.

    As you say, confidence is the key, if you know inside you can drive, and do it safely, you'll get through the test easily.
     
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    Good luck for today :thumbsup:
     
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    Ha. I feel like I'm waiting for one of mine to come back off test.
     
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    Well guys had my test and PASSED with 5 minors
     
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    Well done mate, congratulations!!![emoji322] [emoji323] [emoji322] [emoji481]

    Have you got a car ready?
     

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