This has to be the question on the lips of every learner driver and while most driving instructors will say it doesn’t matter, what counts is being safe and you will pass when you are ready, it’s not really the news you want to hear so here is a rundown of how you can improve your chances of passing first time.
The driving instructors wants to know you are a safe driver, you probably already know this, or at least you have made an educated guess at it, and it stands to reason, otherwise just what is the point of having a driving lessons with driving test?
But what is safe? And this is what you need to be thinking about now and then implementing on every driving lessons. If you can create good habits from the start you will not be under pressure to remember those good habits on the day of your driving test because everything will be natural to you.
So then, let’s have a think and look at what makes you safe. Ask yourself who else is using the road? Cars, Lorries, busses, bikes, cycles, pedestrians, children, groups of children, blind people, emergency vehicles, deaf people, pets, and wild animals. You can probably think of more and you have to say that’s a lot, but you can experience any of those at any time and you pretty much always will, so what you need is anticipation. In your theory test you go through a process of hazard perception test and overall it’s an awareness of what’s going on and what might happen. Of course this is not just about on the road ahead, but behind you, to the rear of you, to the side of you and even above you! If you can show the driving instructors you are aware of your surroundings and can act accordingly then that’s a big tick in your favor isn’t it.
It’s ok being aware of your surroundings and even as a pedestrian you need to have similar skills, but as the driver of the car you also need to be in full control of the car at all times. If you are not in control of the car then you are not safe. So if your car slips back on a hill start, you stall the car, go up a kerb etc. then you are not in control. This doesn’t mean you will fail your driving test that depends upon the seriousness of the fault, it could just be a minor fault, but you must be in control of the car.
Being safe is also driving to the road conditions, so driving at 40mph in a 40mph zone may not be safe to do so, the limit is a limit which stipulates you can’t drive faster. But also the opposite is true, driving at 20mph in a 40mph zone could cause other road users problems and could create a safety issue. So where is the line, what do you do and when? A lot of it is common sense and that comes with good driving habits and practice.