Preparing for the P-plate driving test
While the length of the driving test might be different from state to state, there are general ways you can prepare for the P-plate driving test, no matter where you live.
Adjust mirrors and seat position
Your mirrors assist in avoiding blind spots, which is crucial when going for your driving test, so get into the habit of checking them every time you get in the car and then adjusting them if required. For seating, you should be positioned straight in your seat, with your back comfortably against the seat and your feet reaching down to the pedals. Your arms should reach the wheel without you having to lean forward.
Get a driving lesson with a qualified instructor
A great way to get comfortable behind the wheel is to do a few lessons with an instructor. They can teach you proper techniques with tips and tricks on how to navigate roads more effectively. Another perk is that some driving lessons count for more hours. Check with your state or territory rules on how you can get bonus logbook hours.
Drive the test routes
Most qualified driving instructors will take you along previously tested routes during your driving lessons. These routes have a range of traffic situations and manoeuvres, like driving around a roundabout. They also get you familiar with the signs you’re likely to see during your test.
Drive in different weather conditions
You may be required to do night hours of driving to qualify for your driver’s licence, but you could also try driving in different weather conditions. Wet roads can make for a different driving experience, and if your test happens to be on a rainy day, you’ll want to be prepared.
Practice commonly failed areas of the driving test1
If you have an instructor, ask them to help you with parts of driving you struggle with. From changing lanes to parking, practice and repetition should get you feeling more confident. Here are some common mistakes learners make during their driving tests:
- Failing to stop completely at a stop sign
- Failing to give way
- Failing to maintain a correct road position
- Failing to obey road rules