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How To Pass Your Driving Test

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Keep reading to see how to pass your driving test first time!

Please take a few moments to read though this page and answer the quick quiz questions below.  This will help you decide if you are ready to pass your driving test or not.

  If you are still not sure whether you are ready to pass your driving test, just contact us, we will be only too happy help you.  You could even take advantage of a no obligation driving assessment, even if you are with another driving school and don’t want to change, you might just want a second opinion.  Contact us now for details:

When you are ready to take either your theory test or practical driving test you will know, your driving instructor can also help you with your decision. So let’s have a look at both tests.


Am I ready to pass driving theory test

Going through the questions and answers for the theory test can be relativity easy; you just have to have a good memory.  You can even pass the theory test by guessing the answers, as you have a 1 in 4 chance of getting the correct answer on most of the questions.

This is where it can go wrong.New drivers who had not studied the subject enough can take longer to learn to driver and pass their practical driving test. It is far better to study properly so that you have all the knowledge you need, not only to pass the driving test, but also to keep you skilled and safe on our roads.

You can start your theory training even before you are 17 so that you will have some knowledge before you start your driving lessons. It is also beneficial to do a few driving lessons before you put in for your theory test. Learning to drive at the same time as studying for your theory test will enable you to put the theory into practice on your driving lessons and ask your driving instructor any questions you might have.  This will only create a better understanding of driving theory and give you a better chance of passing the Theory Test first time!


I am ready for my driving test

Most students, as well as their parents, if they are paying for driving lessons, are keen to take their practical driving test as soon as possible. The most common reason for failing the driving test is taking it before you are fully ready.  In order to save money some pupils put in for their test too early, and some even manage to pass!  This can result in making expensive mistakes while out driving alone.

Our Director, Kathy Higgins says “The driving test today is nothing like the one I took 30 plus years ago; it is not the same test as the one I took my first learner driver to 20 years ago.  The driving test today is much longer and much more complicated.  Learners have to drive to a much higher standard than I did for my driving test!  It is unfortunate that many parents still think 10 lessons will be enough!”

Remember, the driving examiner will be deciding if you are skilled enough to drive, unaccompanied, through busy city centres, around schools and on motorways. They have to be sure you will be safe.

Try Our Quick Quiz

Ask yourself the following questions and be sure you answer them honestly:

1. Can you operate all the controls, when required, without any prompting? This includes gears, handbrake, indicators and windscreen wipers amongst others.

A) Yes.
B) Most of the time.
C) No, my driving instructor is still telling me.

2. Can you cope with every situation you meet on your driving lessons, including rural roads, dual carriageways, roundabouts, town traffic etc.?

A) Yes.
B) Most situations, but the odd thing still worries me.
C) No, I still need instruction from my driving instructor.

3. Does your driving instructor ever need to reach across and use any of the controls to keep you and the car safe?

A) No, not any more.
B) Occasionally.
C) On most driving lessons.

4. Can you complete all the manoeuvres without any prompting and with full observations?

A) Yes.
B) Usually, but I still occasionally clip the kerb or end up wide.
c) I still find manoeuvres difficult.

5. Do you feel that you sometimes hold up the traffic behind you?

A) No, I keep up with the traffic flow, but without breaking the speed limit.
B) Sometimes I still stall, or seem to take ages to get up to speed.
C) I feel like traffic seems to get frustrated with me, and sometimes people try to overtake me.

6. Are you comfortable driving at 60 or 70 mph, in traffic?

A) Yes and I am happy to overtake when necessary.
B) Usually, but I’m still a little nervous of overtaking.
C) I’m still not happy at these speeds.

If you have answered all ‘A’s, then you are probably ready to take your driving test.  If there are one or maybe two ‘B’s in there, ask your driving instructor about booking the driving test.  The waiting lists can be 6 or 7 weeks in some driving test centres, so there will be plenty of time to improve before your driving test.  If there are more than 2 ‘B’s or any ‘C’s, then you are not quite ready to take your practical driving test yet.

If you are trying to get though your driving test quickly and looking to save money on driving lessons, please read on:

If you fail your driving test, then you will need to book another one, it will cost you £62. You may also need some more driving lessons to correct what may have gone wrong during the test or at least to keep fresh.  Your skills can fall back if you go sometime without driving.

Taking into account the long waiting times for driving tests.  Let’s also assume that you take 2 hours per week for 7 weeks between your driving tests, totalling £280, based on £20 per hour.  You will also need to pay for 2 hours on the driving test day itself.

Therefore, the real cost of a failed test is £280 + £40 + £62 = £382.  £382 can buy you an extra 20 driving lessons before your test, thus preparing you for solo driving.

Even if we cut the training down to 1 hour a week for just 4 weeks, this will cost you £80 + £40 + £62 = £182,  still an extra 9 lessons!

Insight 2 Drive Assurance.

None of the driving instructors at Insight 2 Drive will tell you that you are not ready to take your driving test when you are; we usually have a waiting list of learners waiting to take lessons with us, so it is not in our best interest to hold you back.

Please remember that driving is a skill for life, and that the road can be very dangerous place, especially if you are not sure what you are doing.  Your driving licence has cost money to obtain.  You have to appreciate that driving lessons are an investment for life, an investment in a skill for modern living.  The amount of money spent on learning to drive is a small amount compared to actually owning a car.

Written by Simon Brown DSA ADI.

How to Pass your Driving Test

Final Warning!

Only book your driving Theory Test or your Practical Driving Test through | The Official DVSA Web Site.


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Gavin Hazeldine
Gavin Hazeldine
2019-11-08T18:57:27+0000
I would recommend Jackie as a driving instructor for anyone thinking of having driving lessons. Jackie really helped me she was supportive and helped build my confidence driving. It was really good being able to fit in extra lessons closer to my test and having lots of feedback. Thanks to her I was able to pass first time!read more
Leanne Brakell
Leanne Brakell
2019-10-04T15:11:39+0000
I would highly recommend this company I passed with Leanne today she is an amazing instructor I couldn’t of done it with out her by my side she gave so much confidence an truly believed in me from day one has I had a terrible experience with my old instructor Leanne she really is an amazing instructor the best of the best an now she my friend x Lread more
Nadia Newman
Nadia Newman
2019-09-17T19:33:57+0000
I would really recommend Jackie as a driving instructor for anyone thinking of having driving lessons. It took me a while to start getting the hang of driving and Jackie really helped being a great teacher, supportive and building my confidence driving. It was really good being able to fit in extra lessons closer to my test and having lots of feedback. Thanks to her I was able to pass first time!read more
Rachel Morse
Rachel Morse
2019-09-15T12:37:23+0000
I completed my part 2 and 3 training with Kathy. At the time I was actually with another driving school. I found Kathy very supportive and approachable, and thanks to her help and guidance I passed my part 2 first time. During my part 3 training I realised that I wanted to join Insight 2 Drive. I liked the idea of working with a team of other instructors, and the level of continued training and support that Kathy and the academy team could offer. Kathy, Leanne and Jackie were all really helpful and I thoroughly enjoyed my training sessions with them, as I learned something new each time. They were always there when I needed help, and I never felt alone. Thanks to the help and support I received from Kathy, Leanne and Jackie, I achieved my goal and passed my part 3 and I can’t thank each of them enough. The training doesn’t stop there though, Kathy ensures that regular CPD course are available for all of the team, in order to help us develop and grow. For anyone looking to change career and train to become a driving instructor, I would highly recommend doing it with Kathy and the academy team at Insight 2 Drive. They will ensure they steer you towards success!read more
Derek Rodgers
Derek Rodgers
2019-09-05T18:22:48+0000
I chose Insight2Drive to support me through my ADI Training as I really appreciated the personal approach. I didn’t feel like a number, but a person. They worked with me to ensure that I was a great instructor and as a by product of that, I passed my Part 3 (exactly how I do with my learners). I never felt under pressure to succeed, I was supported and that I could ask anyone of the trainers for help/assistance at any point. Thank you so much for all the support and I like that this hasn’t stopped since I qualified. This is why I am now part of the business, we’re a team and I really enjoy that especially in a role that can be isolating at times. Thanks again Derek Rodgers 👍🚗👍read more
Laura Spark
Laura Spark
2019-07-20T11:09:25+0000
Had an excellent time being taught to drive by Colin - he really helped me with my confidence on the road and had loads of great tips! Thank you!read more
Catherine Williams
Catherine Williams
2019-07-17T20:03:54+0000
Jackie is a great driving instructor, without her patience I would have struggled to learn the more difficult manoeuvres. She kept the lessons interesting and fun and worked around my schedule. Revision material provided helped to keep things fresh in my memory. I would recommend Jackie to anyone thinking of taking driving lessons. Kal Williamsread more
Kayleigh Smith
Kayleigh Smith
2019-07-13T18:55:58+0000
I am currently doing my lessons with Rachel. Rachel has helped me gained my confidence behind the wheel again and has helped me achieve a lot. Always gives me the confidence boost when I’m nervous and always gives me great advice. Thank you for all your help Rachel, definitely a credit to insight2driveread more
Louise Croft
Louise Croft
2019-07-09T11:38:47+0000
Deborah Jordan was really friendly, My son loved his lessons with her, extremely calm and a caring instructor, excellent communication and reliable, Deborah was truly amazing and supported him during his test, thank you so much!!read more
Rebecca Johanson
Rebecca Johanson
2019-06-18T10:57:37+0000
Started my lessons in April with Maria & have passed today 18th June 1st time. Maria was such a good instructor, taught me how she knew I learned best & gave me so much confidence. I honestly cant thank her enough. xxread more
Guy Shread
Guy Shread
2019-05-25T16:24:55+0000
I was recommended Colin through a friend. He was very patient with my constant asking of questions and I felt he had a genuine interest in helping me pass and become a confident driver. He really settled my nerves on my test day and thanks to this I passed first time!read more
Malaika Wong
Malaika Wong
2018-12-04T09:44:39+0000
My 17 year old daughters confidence was knocked by a previous instructor. On her first lesson with Kerrie, she had big smiles. Thanks to Kerrie's teaching methods my daughter no longer hated driving and passed first time! Fabulous instructor and beautiful person. Thank you so much for all your hard work. I'm a happy and proud mum.read more
Kriss James
Kriss James
2018-07-31T15:16:25+0000
Just want to say how much of a fantastic instructor Karen is. Karen made me feel very comfortable as a learner and made the lessons fun and engaging. Thank you so so much.read more
Karen Errity
Karen Errity
2018-04-15T17:37:41+0000
Loved doing my ADI Training with insight2drive. Why? It was fun and hardwork at the same time. Since becoming a professional ADI, I enjoy being part of a team of like minded instructors whose aim is to teach safe competent driving for life and not just pass a test. Kathy and the training team continue to provide CPD (continuous professional development) to all the team so we keep our standards high, which makes us the best training academy in the region for learners to be the best they can. 5 stars all the way guys �����read more
Ellie Ianson
Ellie Ianson
2017-11-30T18:47:41+0000
Leanne was recommended to me by a friend in work, after being let down by my previous driving instructor who couldn't fit lessons in for me around my work schedule. After failing my first driving test at Southport in the summer with my previous instructor, I had already rebooked my test in Norris Green for the beginning of November when i started my lessons with Leanne in September. We had a lot of work to do in a short space of time. Leanne went out of her way to make time for me and pushed me to do the best i can. She was always thorough in her lessons and helped calm my nerves as i was a really anxious driver. I passed first time using insight2drive and can not thank Leanne enough for helping me, would recommend her to anyone!read more
Samantha Cain
Samantha Cain
2017-11-17T15:16:56+0000
One of their drivers Andy has robbed me off my money, cancelled on me every week with fake excuses and cancelled on my friend the next day with a complete other excuse so I asked for my money back (6 weeks in a row he cancelled), he then only partly gave me my money back (after waiting over 3 weeks for it) and kept the rest and is now ignoring all messages, I have contacted the company who are also blanking my messages. I’m not one to complain usually especially as he was previously a good instructor but taking somebody’s money and not repaying them back when you haven’t provided a service is disgraceful. I don’t see how you can expect someone to pass their test if you cancel most weeks. I have tried to sort this out with both Andy and Insight 2 Drive and both are now ignoring me so I will be taking this furtherread more
Danny Linacre
Danny Linacre
2017-07-23T18:53:04+0000
When I first started with Leanne I hadnt drove on the road for about 4 years and had really bad habits from driving a forklift she was really patient and I felt really comfortable with her all have the lessons were enjoyable and she managed to get threw in under 3 months with a 1st time pass I couldn't recommend insight2drive highly enough and especially Leanne she was brilliant.read more
Pauline Harvey
Pauline Harvey
2017-07-06T15:19:25+0000
I was recommended insight to drive by my friend Amanda who was also a driving instructor, I was buying a birthday package for my son, he was allocated Jerry Dowling as his instructor, I couldn't have asked for a better instructor he has helped Sam so much, and today he passed his test. Well done Sam and many thanks for all your help Jerry.read more
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Jessica Claire
2015-03-16T15:06:24+0000
I began my driving lessons with another school shortly after my 18th birthday and it was horrific. I had an instructor who was a family friend and did us a 'discount' for this relationship. It was the biggest waste of time and money that i had ever invested in and after almost 40 hours of driving around Liverpool whilst he was on his phone and other distracting things I stopped and restarted when I was 20. I started with Leanne and after one lesson she gave me her estimated number of lessons I would require in order to pass to which i was shocked as it was so low!!! Even though I had a few bad habits from the instructor before. I absolutely loved my driving lessons and am writing this review 4 hours after passing 1st time in the time frame which Leanne had said it would be. She is an amazing instructor who I beyond trust and will be recommending to any friends or family who tell me they are thinking of learning to drive. I had an absolute ball on my lessons and am now considering to do my pass plus in order to do more lessons with her as i enjoyed them so much!! Many Thanks Leanne!! Don't think I could have done it without you!!read more
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2014-10-25T18:59:23+0000
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2014-08-14T10:46:47+0000
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