Practical Test

When you’re learning to drive, all of the skills that you gain help you to build up to one thing: the practical test. For most learner drivers, this is, understandably, a nervous experience—after all, it’s the last thing standing between you and the open road. But remember: although the test is nerve-wracking, it’s far from impossible. In this section, we’ve compiled some handy tips and useful advice to help you stay positive, keep your focus, and gain an extra edge ready for your test. We’ll also provide you with the latest updates you need to know about all things related to practical tests—helping you stay prepared.

South Yorkshire Driving Test Centres: Your Essential Guide

South Yorkshire test centre

Welcome back to our series covering all the test centres we cover—one county at a time! This series includes articles covering test centres in Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire. In this article, however, we’re turning our attention to the five practical test centres in South Yorkshire. Read on for handy fact files on the South Yorkshire test centres, including stats and pass rates, together with stories of the people who passed with us (fast!) throughout the county. Test Centres Barnsley Doncaster...

Driving Test Horror Stories

Side mirror showing dinosaur screaming at car

Ah, the practical driving test. Nothing quite strikes fear in the heart like someone closely judging your first driving mission without your friendly instructor (though you have a choice with this one) or relative present. We’re not going to lie, it can be a nervy 40 minutes in that car. Don’t worry too much, though—your adrenaline will get you through and the sense of achievement when you eventually pass is hard to beat. It’s only a quick drive around your...

Taking the Practical Test in Your Own Car

Taking the practical test in your own car

Many drivers wonder if they can take the driving practical test in their own car. After all, you want to try and make the experience of your driving test as predictable as possible. However, information on whether you actually can use your own car in the driving practical test is notoriously unreliable. Rumours about this are everywhere! Does the car need to have dual controls? Does the car have to have a certain sized engine? Can I take the test...

TomTom Start 52—The Sat Nav Used in the Driving Test

What model sat nav will be used in the driving test?

As part of the driving practical test, all learner drivers will be expected to complete an independent driving section where you follow directions from a satellite navigation unit, or sat nav. This might sound simple enough, but there are many different types of sat nav. Which one will be used in the driving test, and what do you need to know about it? We explain everything you need to know in this helpful article. The TomTom Start 52 The precise model...

Here’s What Our Instructors Think of the Driving Test Changes

Earlier this month, on December 4th, 2017, the long-awaited driving test changes finally came into effect. These changes were hailed by the DVSA as a way to keep the driving test fit for purpose in modern Britain, and to reduce the number of young people killed in road collisions. However, the new test has proved controversial. On the day of the test changes, examiners across the UK went on strike in protest. They singled out the new manoeuvre, pulling up...

West Yorkshire Driving Test Centres: Your Essential Guide

Huddersfield test centre

If you’re a regular reader of the blog, you may have already noticed our ultimate guide to driving test centres in Greater Manchester, PassMeFast’s home county. However, our coverage area is much broader than that, taking in areas such as Yorkshire, Cheshire and Merseyside! This means that PassMeFast’s range of intensive driving courses are now available to millions of people! That’s why we’ve decided to compile a series to provide information on all the test centres we cover, county by county. In this article,...

Driving Test Cancellations—Everything You Need To Know

So, you’re taking that final step towards getting on the road and getting that brand new licence. Congratulations! The only thing in your way now is finishing your driving course and nabbing that perfect practical test date. Unfortunately, most learner drivers are unaware of the long driving test waiting times they can be subjected to. If you’re looking to get your licence fast, these waiting times can be problematic. So, how exactly do you speed up the process? The answer, quite...

How To Appeal A Driving Test

Image of a gavel and a red book

Taking your driving test—whether it’s your first or fifth attempt—can be a stressful and nerve-wracking experience. As you’d imagine, these feelings are intensified if you’re unfortunate enough to have failed. In most cases, learners know they’re at fault the moment they make a mistake in their practical. In other cases however, learners feel like the examiner is treating them unfairly or misjudging their ability in a discriminatory fashion. This kind of scenario often leads to questions as to whether it’s...

Should I Take My Driving Instructor On My Test?

Learner driver and an examiner in the car

If you’re getting ready for your practical test, you’ve probably done a bit of research—looking at what happens on the day of your test and anything else you might need to know. If that’s the case, you might have found out that your driving instructor can accompany you on your driving test. This then begs the question as to whether it’s worth taking your instructor on your test or not. Ultimately, it’s all down to your own personal preferences. To help...

What If I Know I’ve Failed During My Test?

Taking your practical test is a nerve-wracking experience, even for the most confident of drivers. For some, those nerves can turn into negative thoughts that may convince you the test is over before you’ve even made it back to the centre. Never assume you have failed. This kind of thinking serves no purpose but to disrupt your concentration and add to the stress of the situation. Which reminds us, be sure to go through our tips on avoiding test day...