You’d never take an exam without doing a few mock exam papers first. And you probably took more than one mock theory test before taking the real thing.
Taking a mock driving test is a great way of checking you have all the skills you need to drive safely on your own. They’ll also help you understand if you’re ready to take your driving test.
It should take about 40 minutes and include everything covered during a normal driving test. This includes:
- checking your driving licence
- checking your eyesight
- ‘show me, tell me’ vehicle safety questions
- general driving ability – including on rural roads, urban roads, dual carriageways, multi-lane roundabouts and one-way systems
- reversing the car
- independent driving for 20 minutes – this can be either following directions from a sat nav or following traffic signs
- an emergency stop
- giving you the result and feedback
Mock tests work best when they include all the parts of the real driving test.
The emergency stop may not be included in your actual driving test. It’s used in 1 in 3 tests, at Steer and Go Driving School we think it’s a good idea to practise it in a mock test.
Steer and Go Driving Driving School will use routes that contain similar types of roads to an actual driving test. You will not use an actual driving test route.
Still not sure if you’d like to take a test?
- Settle your nerves: going into your practical blind can turn even a confident driver into a nervous wreck. By taking a mock driving test, however, you no longer have to let your imagination run wild – you’ll know exactly how the day will go.
- Get used to the test format: once you’ve gone through the actual process of the driving test, you won’t be surprised by anything the examiner asks you to do, e.g., when they ask you a ‘show me’ question whilst you’re driving on a dual carriageway!
- Figure out your strengths and weaknesses: if your instructor is using a feedback sheet, they’ll be noting down every slight miscalculation and mistake – making it easy to see which areas need more work before your actual test.