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Passing My Driving Test Quickly - Leah

Passing your driving test is a huge milestone in your life. With it brings a lot of responsibility but also a lot of freedom. Of course, we all wish it was easy to pass but with two tests and strict standards, it can be quite a timely – and costly – experience for some.

Here are some things that I did to pass my driving test quickly:


Provisional License

First things first, provisional. You can’t learn to drive without one so as soon as I turned 17 I ordered my provisional license. Even if I hadn’t planned to learn to drive straight away, it’s best to get the license as soon as you can.


I Took my Theory Test First

Next up, the Theory Test. While I was waiting for my license to arrive, I started to revise my theory. There are plenty of online practice tests available that can help you learn your theory within a few days, so I revised a couple hours every night in the weeks leading up to my test. I had also had a few lessons with my instructor at this point which helped me put some of the Theory Test questions into perspective.

Sometimes practical’s have a waiting list of up to three months so as soon as I passed my theory I consulted my instructor and booked my practical. I used the waiting time to take my lessons, if I wasn’t ready by the time the test came around, I could just postpone.


I Got Extra Experience

A great way to solidify the things I learnt in my driving lessons was to get extra driving experience in between lessons. Luckily, I had access to a car and managed to get learner driver insurance pretty cheaply. This allowed me to get some more experience being on the road with other drivers and getting more comfortable with other driving situations.


I Booked Longer Lessons

I found booking a lesson that was around two hours was always a better idea than one-hour slots. This is because I could spend the first hour going over what I learnt last time to solidify the techniques, then the second hour learning something new.

Limiting my time to one-hour lessons meant that I might not have had the chance to learn anything new in my lesson, dragging out the process.


My Lessons Were Consistent

I also booked my lessons in advance to ensure that I consistently had one or two lessons a week.

This was very important in making sure that I spent less time catching up in my lessons and more time learning new things. Even going two weeks without any driving meant that I would forget little things that affected my confidence and could have harmed my progress.


Intensive Driving Courses

In hindsight, an intensive driving course could have been a great way to pass my test within a week or two.

Intensive driving courses will differ but some will help you pass within days including both your Theory Test and practical. Not only would this be quick, but it could also save you money in the long run if you are very ‘stop-start’ with lessons. It’s important to research the school beforehand though, double check with them how soon you can get booked in as they would have a waiting list too.


Overall, I loved learning to drive and I’m happy that I learned when I did.

Realising that I could overcome some of my biggest driving fears filled me with joy and the confidence to try other things I would usually have written off. For me –and many others- learning to drive gives you a huge sense of confidence and develops your independence.

Post-test, I still love driving. But remember, passing your test doesn’t mean you’re an expert, the learning experience continues even after your test – something I’ve learnt after getting on the road by myself. Practice safe driving for continued fun experiences and remember getting a driving license is an amazing privilege.


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