Pass First Time

Are you determined to pass your Driving Test on the 1st attempt?

Of course you are! If you follow our 10 tips below, then you are giving yourself the very best chance of doing so.

10 Tips On How To Pass Your Driving Test First Time.

  1. Listen clearly to your instructor, they are giving you valuable advice.
  2. Don't be afraid or embarrassed to ask any questions if you're unsure about something, your instructor can always explain things in a different way.
  3. Read and learn your Highway Code. If you know your rules and regulations you will be in a much better position to pass your test first time,
  4. Try to take regular training, you will learn much more quickly if you take 2 or more hours per week (if possible), without gaps .
  5. Try to get some private practice alongside the lessons you take with your instructor. This will enhance your professional training and help with continuity.
  6. When taking your Driving Test, concentrate the whole time on your test, especially on the way back when you think it's all over, it's not until you switch off the engine.
  7. If you make a mistake, correct it, then carry on and forget it. Don't dwell on the mistake.
  8. Keep asking yourself... "Is it safe?"
  9. Have a positive attitude throughout.
  10. Think of the test as just another lesson but with someone else.
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What happens during the test?


There are 5 parts to the driving test:

  • An eyesight check.
  • The ‘Show Me, Tell Me’ vehicle safety questions.
  • General driving ability.
  • Reversing your vehicle.
  • Independent driving.

The test is the same for both manual and automatic cars.


How long does the test last?


On a normal, basic, driving test, you’ll drive for around 40 minutes.
Whereas, you’ll drive for around 70 minutes if you’re taking an extended driving test because you’ve been banned from driving.


Eyesight check.


You’ll have to read a number plate from a distance of:

  • 20 metres for vehicles with a new-style number plate
  • 20.5 metres for vehicles with an old-style number plate
New-style number plates start with 2 letters followed by 2 numbers, such as AB51 ABC.

You’ll fail your driving test if you fail the eyesight check, and the test will end.


'Show Me, Tell Me' questions.


You’ll be asked 2 vehicle safety questions known as the ‘Show Me, Tell Me’ questions. You’ll be asked the ‘Tell Me’ question at the start of your test, before you start driving, and the ‘Show Me’ question while you’re driving.


Your General Driving Ability.

  • You’ll drive in various road and traffic conditions, but not on motorways.
  • The examiner will give you directions that you should follow. (Driving test routes are not published, so you cannot check them before your test).

Pulling over at the side of the road. 

  • You’ll be asked to pull over and pull away during your test, including: normal stops at the side of the road, and pulling out from behind a parked vehicle.
  • A hill start.
  • You might also be asked to carry out an emergency stop.

Reversing your vehicle.


The examiner will ask you to do one of the following exercises:
  • Parallel Park at the side of the road.
  • Park in a parking bay - either by driving in and reversing out, or reversing in and driving out (the examiner will tell you which you have to do).
  • Pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for around 2 car lengths, and rejoin the traffic.

Independent driving.


You'll have to drive for about 20 minutes by following either:

  • Directions from a Sat Nav.
  • Traffic signs.
The examiner will tell you which you have to follow. They’ll set the Sat Nav up for you. You cannot use your own Sat Nav.


If you cannot see traffic signs.


If you cannot see a traffic sign (for example, because it’s covered by trees), the examiner will give you directions until you can see the next one.


Going off route.


The examiner will not give you a fault for taking a wrong turning. They’ll help you get back on the route if you do.


If you make mistakes during your test.


You can carry on if you make a mistake. It might not affect your test result if it’s not serious.


The examiner will only stop your test if they think your driving is a danger to other road users.


Are You Ready?

At Go-Pass (UK), we fully prepare you for your driving test, so that you know you are ready to take it when the time comes. However, we don't teach people to just " pass their test". We feel that's your responsibility and your decision as to when you take it. We teach people to drive. We teach them to drive safely and responsibly. We teach them to drive so that they have a good chance of staying safe, accident free and alive for their, hopefully, long life.

At any time you can ask us if we think that you are ready for your test and we will give you an honest yes, or not yet. If you don't ask us, there will come a time when we will ask you if you think it is time you thought about taking the test. If you don't feel ready, then your not. You must feel comfortable and confident in your own driving, otherwise, you are not giving yourself the best chance.

But, we will never be responsible for you passing or failing the driving test. That belongs entirely in your hands. It's about how you drive, and deal with situations as they happen, that determines the result.

If you give your examiner a safe, confident and competent drive, he will issue you with your driving licence.

Take someone with you.

Since April 6th 2010, the examiners now ask all candidates taking their practical test if they would like to take their instructor/trainer along with them on the test.

This is purely optional. Some candidates feel that the presence of a familiar face in the car could put them more at ease.

Independent Driving.

There will be a 20 minute section to the driving test, focusing on the candidates own ability of independent driving, this may be done by either use of a SatNav, or, the examiner asking you to follow signs for... somewhere.

Dealing with Emergency Vehicles.

Ensure you know what to do should you have to deal with emergency vehicles.

This video will tell you all you need to know, watch it several times and become familiar with it!

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