Should I Avoid Doing My Driving Test During School Hours
Learning to drive and passing your driving test is an important milestone for most people. Understandably, you may feel anxious and nervous anticipating your driving test and you may want to ensure you do everything you can to increase your chances of passing the test. One question we get asked frequently is if it’s a good idea to avoid taking the driving test during school hours.
Here’s what you should know.
Booking Your Driving Test
It may sound obvious, but the best moment to book your test is when you feel ready for the test. If you’ve got your 120 hours but still struggle with leaving a parking space, for example, then there’s no point in booking your test hoping it will be a fluke. Unfortunately, there are some instructors out there who encourage learner drivers to take the test soon after finishing some lessons with a driving school. That may be an option for you, but if you feel like you’re not yet comfortable with the road rules or need more driving lessons, then it’s ok to wait. If you take the test too early and you fail, that may affect your confidence and make it more difficult to pass the test in the future.
That being said, the time of day when you take your test could make a difference. If you book your test early in the morning, then you may get caught in the school zones and have to deal with a lot of traffic. Late in the afternoon, you may encounter a lot of road users as everybody heads home from work. The middle of the day is usually less busy so you could opt for that period if you are already nervous about passing the test and want to make sure the conditions are perfect. However, if you’ve taken lessons with LTrent we’ll make sure that you’re able to drive confidently anywhere at any time so the time of day will not be a concern for LTrent students.
What to Do Before the Test
It may feel like you’ve practiced driving forever now and you are ready to take the test, but it’s a good idea to get a qualified driving instructor and drive through the area that you have booked for the test. That way, you will familiarise yourself with the location of stop signs and traffic lights or the driving instructor may point where you need to give way or drive safely because there’s a school zone.
During the Test
Here are some tips to keep in mind during the test:
- Always Be Alert: From the moment you have stepped into the car and turned the engine on, pay close attention to the road and signs.
- Check Your Blind Spots: Make it very obvious that you are checking your blind spots before changing lanes, for example.
- Drive Carefully: Drive slowly, but don’t go under the speed limit to impress the testing officers. Adapt your driving to the road conditions.
Over to You
Taking your driving test will feel stressful no matter how hard you’ve prepared for it. Remember what you’ve learned, get a good night’s sleep and stay focused.
If you are interested in driving lessons to prepare for the road test, then contact LTrent Driving School to find out more.