Getting your driver’s license might feel like it can’t come soon enough. It could be your ticket to freedom and independence, opening new opportunities for work and play. Once you start learning then, you’ll probably want to pass your test as quickly as possible: especially if your mates are already doing it.
Your eagerness won’t be helped by driving test delays that began at the start of the pandemic and have continued into 2023. But once you have your provisional license – which you can apply for as soon as you turn 15 years and 9 months old – there are steps that can accelerate you to the point of booking one, at least.
You shouldn’t cut corners when learning or driving, of course. Rushing the process is only likely to lead to failure. But the tips below should help you get ready to ace your test in a speedy, safe manner.
Hire a reputable instructor
Firstly, it’s possible to learn to drive without hiring a qualified instructor. Lessons can get expensive, after all. But instructor-led lessons are immensely valuable; it’s their job to stay up to speed with traffic laws, test requirements and your own progress.
Finding an expert instructor you get on with will help your lessons fly by, so read reviews and ask around for recommendations. Once you’ve found one, booking sessions in blocks will help lock them into your schedule in a regular pattern, making sure you don’t fall out of the habit.
Fit in extra practice with a supervisor
If you have access to a car between lessons, then fitting in extra practice will allow you to go over your learnings. A friend, parent or other family member can legally supervise your driving if they’re:
- Aged 21 or over
- A qualified driver for a minimum of three years
- Qualified to drive the category of vehicle you’re learning in
Having this person communicate with your instructor will allow you to target and improve any weak spots as efficiently as possible. You’ll need insurance in some form though; temporary learner driver insurance offers the greatest flexibility.
Practice driving in different conditions
If there’s one thing you can’t guarantee in life, it’s the weather. But learning to drive in different conditions such as rain, glaring sun and even snow and ice will improve your all-round experience and ability.
Similarly, driving at different times of day will allow you to experience different levels of light and traffic. Aim to practice in busy, built-up environments as well as quieter rural areas. If you can keep your cool during rush hour in the city, you’ll be well equipped for your driving test whenever and wherever it happens.
In summary, practice, practice, practice!