How to Ensure You Pass Your Test the First Time

Posted on: 16 February 2017

Learning to drive can be a rite of passage and there is nothing like the sense of freedom that you get when you're issued with your first driver's license. While the allowable age for driving varies across Australia, many young people look forward to driving as they progress through their teens. If you want to waste as little time as possible and make sure that you pass the test the first time, what should you concentrate on?

Augmenting Your Lessons

If you are like most youngsters, you will take a range of lessons with a qualified driving school instructor. This is undoubtedly the best way to get a solid footing and will help ensure that you don't start off with any of those bad habits. However, as much as you concentrate on these lessons it may be a good idea if you also get additional experience by sitting alongside a parent or relative. Remember to rely on the official instructor for advice, but put it into practice as much as you can.

Know Where You're Going

It will help you to know what test route the driving examiner is likely to take you on. Usually, there are only a couple of different alternatives in your vicinity. With a little bit of research, you will be able to find out where the route goes, and you should make sure that you drive on these roads for familiarity before the test.

Practice, Practice

The manual will tell you what manoeuvres you will be expected to perform during a driving test. These should be practised as often as possible, including reversing into a confined space and so on. You should also make sure that you go through your theory and test yourself, to make sure that you know all the relevant standards prior to the written test.

Know Your Car

Make sure that you are familiar with the general operations of the vehicle, and ask friends, your parents or your instructor if you're not sure about anything.

Changeable Conditions

You may be lucky to live in a location which has wall-to-wall sunshine for most of the year. However, other locations may not be as settled, and you don't know what the conditions are going to be like when you take your test. Therefore, you should practice in all conditions including rainy, foggy or wet. Quite apart from helping you should the test be like this, it will be valuable experience for you when you eventually take to the road by yourself.