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.

East Yorkshire Driving Test Centres: Your Essential Guide

Here at PassMeFast, we understand how important it can be for learners to know the area where they’ll be taking their driving test. It’s for this reason that we launched our series of essential guides to local test centres. This series features guides to Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire. We’re not stopping there, though. Today, we look in detail at the East Yorkshire driving test centres. Though there may only be two test centres to...

What’s the Average Number of Attempts It Takes to Pass the Driving Test?

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Not everyone will be lucky enough to pass their test the first time around. In fact, according to the DVSA, less than half of us do! The average pass rate in 2016/17 was 47.1%. Many factors can determine whether you pass first time, and it doesn’t necessarily reflect your level of driving ability. Nerves, unpredictable circumstances and silly mistakes can all get in the way of perfectly capable drivers passing first time. Failing a driving test is disappointing, sure, but it’s...

Will My Driving Test Go Ahead In The Snow?

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Driving tests are difficult and nerve-wracking enough without the pain of wondering if they’re actually going to go ahead. Unfortunately, if you’re taking your test in the middle of winter, snowy conditions can often result in unsafe conditions for practical tests. When this happens, the DVSA are likely to cancel test appointments. This can, understandably, leave learners nervous as to whether their test will go ahead. You might even be questioning whether it’s safe to take your test. If this...

Driving Test Faults Explained

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Failing your practical driving test is a natural concern that crosses every learner’s mind. At PassMeFast, we’d like to make the process as smooth as possible for you, and put an end to any niggling worries you might be having. That’s why we’ve put together a guide to the different types of fault that examiners may be looking out for on your test. Our theory is: once you know exactly what not to do, it should be easier to focus...

South Yorkshire Driving Test Centres: Your Essential Guide

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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 Cheshire, Greater Manchester, North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and East 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...

Driving Test Horror Stories

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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

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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

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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

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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,...