When a young person reaches the age when they can apply for a learner’s driving licence and actually get behind the wheel of a car, it is a milestone in everyone’s life. Owning a car brings with it freedom and independence – when you buy your first car, there are so many places you want to go – but before you can enjoy that feeling of knowing you can go out at any time, you have to pass the driving test.
Here are a few tips to help ensure a positive outcome.
- Source a good driving instructor – This is essential and with an online search you can contact local driving schools and see what they have to offer, and look for a school that has a very high success rate, as this is a benchmark. An experienced driving instructor will teach you how to pass the test, rather than learning to drive, which comes with experience, and the driving school lives or dies with its pass ratio. Once you pass your test, you can start looking at a few affordable cars for sale in Canberra from established dealers.
- Theory – As you would expect, a portion of the driving test is theoretical, with multiple choice questions and a minimum pass score, but prior to the actual test, you need to pass the Hazard Perception Test (HPT). Your instructor would brief you on this, which is basically common sense regarding potential hazards that you might encounter whilst driving. If ever a written test was important, this would be it, so revise and be confident that you know the content when the time comes.
- Rear Mirror – Of course, you should be looking in your rear mirror constantly and it is possible that the examiner could miss your eyesight shifts and therefore consider you are not using your rear-view mirror. It is a good idea to slightly move the mirror so that you have to move your head to get a clear view, as this will ensure the examiner sees you are using the rear-view mirror.
Try not to be nervous on the big day and it is an idea to have a short lesson prior to the test, if possible, as this will boost your confidence. If you have logged the hours and have had your L2 licence for 12 months, you are ready to take the test, and once you have passed, a world of discovery and adventure awaits!