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Ready to take your driving test?

14 Oct 2009 at 22:22

RAC, the driving people, have put together this step-by-step guide to what to do after an accident and how to stay safe on the road.

What to do when you're ready to take your driving test. Read our step-by-step guide to taking the test and getting your full licence…

Your driving instructor has told you that you are ready to take your driving test, but you don't know what you should be doing to prepare before the big day

What to do

  1. Book a test. You can do this yourself by phone, post or online, or the staff at your BSM Centre can do it for you.
  2. Keep practising. The more practice you put in the better, so keep at it right up to the date of your test if you can. Ask your instructor which manoeuvres you should concentrate on.
  3. Watch your speed - any penalty points you get while practising will still count after you pass your test. Get to 6 points and your driving licence will be cancelled.
  4. Think about what the examiner will be looking for. To pass you have to show that you are fully aware of what's happening around you, and that you can respond to situations with courtesy and consideration.
  5. Practice answering "show me - tell me" questions - you can find sample questions and answers online.
  6. Take a mock test. If you are nervous about taking your driving test, you may find that taking a BSM mock driving test under exam conditions increases your confidence.
  7. Get the paperwork ready - when you go for your driving test you'll need to bring along:
    • your test appointment letter
    • your provisional driving licence
    • some other form of photographic ID

Avoid it

Avoid some of the common mistakes that cause people to fail their driving tests by practising:

  • turning on to a main road incorrectly
  • poor reverse parking
  • not using the mirrors properly before turning or slowing down
  • reversing round a corner badly
  • incorrect use of indicators
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