SECRET TO PASSING The UK Driving Test in 2024?

Hello, I'm Chris. Some learner drivers 
search for it and some know it already.   What exactly is the secret to 
passing the UK driving test?   Well, if you promise not to repeat it 
to anyone else I'll tell you. [Music]   Actually there isn't a secret, there never 
has been any. To pass a driving test just   takes hard work, practice, determination 
and most importantly experience on the road.   To give you a better chance of passing the driving 
test though, I'm going to give you my top 5 tips. Tip number one. Anticipate what will and 
might happen next and plan ahead. Driving is   unpredictable and you never know what's around 
the next corner.

Which also makes the driving   test unpredictable. But there are certain 
things that you can expect and you shouldn't   be surprised by it, such as pedestrians 
wanting to cross at pedestrian crossings.   Especially look out for zebra crossings as 
they're not controlled by traffic lights. Try not to just think about what 
you need to deal with right now   but also what's next such as this zebra crossing. 
Not only do I need to creep out to get a better   view when it's safe but I also need to scan both 
sides of the crossing carefully for pedestrians. You might have heard of someone failing 
their driving test before because a car   came out of nowhere and they didn't brake in 
time. Believe it or not but cars don't come   out of nowhere. You just need to be prepared and 
don't drive as if you're the only car on the road.   If you can't see around a corner then approach it 
slowly ready for the worst such as a bin lorry.   At a closed junction where you can't see very 
well, emerge carefully, observe properly and   don't assume it's clear.

In fact, always expect 
the worst. Effective observations are so important   because your life or somebody 
else's life could depend on it. When meeting oncoming traffic, don't just 
think about the space you need to go into   but how are you going to get back out too. Constantly try to think and 
be prepared for what's next. Not only have I got to think about what 
these lorries might be hiding from my view   but also the mini roundabout 
and what's after the roundabout. If I was driving faster, expecting a 
clear road then I would have had a problem   and probably would have had to reverse. 
Always plan ahead and expect the worst.   Keep up your awareness and look 
out for any potential hazards. Signs and road markings are all there to help you.   Here I can see no entry signs and the road 
markings show that I have to turn right.

It takes a lot of concentration and awareness 
to be a good safe driver on the road.   Plan ahead for what might happen next 
and try to be ready for anything. Take in all the information that's around 
you including what you see in your mirrors   and keep scanning the area ahead. Look well ahead and try to spot signs early 
so that you have time to think and react. All it takes is to miss 
these signs and road markings   and you could end up driving over the 
speed limit or even driving too slow   if the speed limit raises and it's safe 
to drive faster but you haven't noticed.   If you're unsure what the speed limit is, 
then look out for smaller repeater signs. I'm anticipating that the bus 
could stop at the next bus stop.   Has anybody pressed the button 
at the pedestrian crossing? Is it safe to go around the bus? Any 
pedestrians near the front of it?   Plan for what might and will happen next. In fact, it's so important to 
keep anticipating and planning   that I can promise that as soon as you stop 
doing it mistakes will start to happen.

You've probably got the message by 
now how vital it is to plan ahead,   but it's worth reminding you that regular 
checks with your mirrors is essential   so that you know what's going on behind and react 
safely to what you see. It's also important to   know when to have a quick sideways glance into the 
blind spots, for example before changing lanes. Tip number two. Don't assume 
you failed your driving test.   You might make a mistake that totally puts 
you off, such as stalling when pulling up. "Why did I do that? I don't normally stall. 
I've definitely failed for this.

I'm going to   have to book another test. Pay loads more money. I 
can't believe it. What's the point in continuing,   I know I've failed." Anyway, you carry on with the 
test, dwelling on what you think was a big mistake   only to make more serious mistakes as you're 
still thinking about what just happened   and aren't concentrating. The mistakes start 
to snowball and you just want to go home.   The driving examiner sees it quite differently. 
The examiner noticed you stalled and restarted   the car but there wasn't any actual or potential 
danger and you didn't affect any other road users   so you haven't failed, but you might get a driving 
fault or a minor as they're commonly called.   If you do make a mistake on the driving 
test then forget about it for now.   Recover from it, think about what's next and 
just concentrate on your driving.

There's no   point dwelling on mistakes and definitely 
don't think you failed or give up during   the test. Because what you think was a serious 
mistake could be a driving fault to the examiner. Tip number three. Don't be distracted by 
what the examiner is doing on the iPad.   The examiner might occasionally tap on it, 
but you won't be able to see what's on their   iPad as they have a privacy screen, so there's no 
point trying to have a peek as it could distract   you from your main job which is to drive at your 
best. The examiner doesn't always mark bad things,   so stay focused and positive. The examiner might 
also chat to you when there's not much going on   which might help you feel more relaxed but 
remember to also stay focused on your driving.   This can be a bit more challenging, 
especially if the weather is bad   or there's something else distracting going on.

Tip number four. Don't assume. Don't assume 
the road you're on still has a 40 mile per   hour speed limit for example or to go ahead at the 
roundabout you'll always need the left hand lane   or you can never drive in bus lanes. Going back to tip number one, plan ahead 
and look out for road signs and markings.   The driving examiner isn't there to trick you 
or catch you out. All the information is there,   it's just up to you to see it. If you don't and 
something serious happens then unfortunately   you'll fail your driving test and have to come 
back as you need more practice and experience.   Tip number five. Try to have an early night 
before the day of your driving test. Waking   up and feeling tired won't help your concentration 
levels and will put you at a serious disadvantage. There's obviously more to driving than just 
these tips but I really hope they help. If you're looking for tips on 
how to do each of the manoeuvres,   then have a look at our other videos as you 
might find out something you didn't know.

Unfortunately, there isn't a shortcut 
or magic way to pass the driving test.   For the best chance of passing, it's simple,   just practice lots, build up your experience 
on the road and learn from any mistakes. Some people go for the driving 
test when they're not really ready.   If you're constantly making serious or dangerous 
mistakes during your driving lessons or failing   mock driving tests in a big way then you're 
probably not really ready for the driving test   or for driving on your own yet. Consider delaying 
the test and get some more practice but don't go   for the experience, mock driving tests are good 
for that and they're cheaper than the real test.

Go for the driving test because you feel 
confident and not only have you proven to   your instructor that you have the skills 
for driving safely but also to yourself. When you begin your driving test stay calm. 
Remember that you just need to show one more   person what a safe driver you are and 
most importantly believe in yourself. Thanks a lot for watching our video. If you have 
your driving test coming up soon then good luck.   Please subscribe for our latest videos. Keep 
safe on the road and see on the next video!.