Driving is pinnacle in everyday life, from commuting to work to getting the shopping, life is more difficult when you can’t drive. So, when you do turn 17 how can you make sure you pass first time?

Practise, practise, practise. There’s no substitute for real life experience on the road. By consistently performing manoeuvres and other skills of driving they’ll quickly become second nature, helping you to focus on other aspects of motoring. Identifying things you find hard in your lessons and requesting more practise on them can be an easy way to gain confidence on the road and get you to your test quicker and in a better position to pass.

We asked Peter of Saxon Bridge to give us his best tip for preparing for your test; “I recommend having a deep understanding of the car you are learning and will take your test in, I think the sound is the most important thing to understand, knowing when to change gear based on the sound your engine is making will eliminate 1 thought during your test”

When learning new skills, it’ll take far, far longer to master them if you don’t give your instructor your full attention. It’s also frustrating for them as it doesn’t seem like you value their experience and advice. It could be the difference between a pass and a fail, like remembering the reference points on the car or how to check your blind spot.

‘By failing to prepare, you’re preparing to fail.’ An age-old quote that’s true to this day. If you rush in to your test and book it before you’re ready, not only have you got a greater chance of failing but also an increased risk of injuring yourself or others as you aren’t a fully developed driver. It’s also important to prepare yourself for the worst. Make sure that you know the majority of the test routes as this can help you predict any difficult areas you may encounter. The night before the test, make sure you have enough sleep and try and have a lesson before your test so you’re ready and warmed up.

Don’t assume you’ve failed, by doing this and losing concentration you put yourself and other road users at risk and you may not have failed at all! If there’s a mishap on your test, don’t panic. The examiner may feel you took all the correct measures and therefore won’t fail you. Just because you’re almost back at the test centre, don’t assume you’ve passed. The majority of learners are failed close to the test centre as a result of either nerves at the start of the test or a lack of concentration at the end.