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Theory Tips

Helpful books and CD ROMs for studying for the theory test are as follows:

The highway code
DSA theory book/CDROM
DSA driving essential skills
DSA the official driving test
Know your traffic signs

A useful strategy is to make a note of the questions that you have answered incorrectly, so that you can focus on these particular areas in your preparation for the test.

Practical driving test Tips

  • Make sure that your instructor tells you that you are ready for your practical test before booking.

  • You should be fully independent of instruction before you take your driving test.

  • Ensure that you can read a number plate from the required distance, practice with your instructor. you will be given upto THREE attempts to read a chosen number plate, if you fail, you will be unable to sit your driving test and will result in an instant fail.

  • If you feel that you have made a mistake, try not to let it play on your mind as it could cause you to make more mistakes. Remember, what you may think is a serious fault, may not be. Don't throw your test away!

  • If the examiner gives you any information you don't understand ask them to repeat.

  • When doing a manoeuvre, if you feel it is not going to plan, correct your mistake. for example: you are doing a reverse around the corner and you feel like your tyre is going to touch the curb, STOP, go forward slightly and reverse again. You may receive 1 minor fault for control, but it's better than you touching the curb and getting a major fault.

Test Nerve Tips

We recognise that the driving test can be an extremely nerve racking experience. You may experience difficulty sleeping the night before or reluctant to eat because of nervousness. Smart Choice driving school have come up with some helpful tips to calm those pre-test nerves.

Speak to your instructor about any worries or questions you may have regarding your test, it will help you to relax and calm your nerves.

Approach the test with a clear head so you are focused only on your driving.

You are expected to be nervous on the day of your test, but try your best to relax and get a good night's sleep the night before.

Eat something light and drink water before your test as food helps with concentration.

Speak to somebody before your test who is reassuring and may help you to relax such as a friend or family member.

The first 5 to 10 minutes of the test is normally the most nail biting. During this time, it is important to stay focused and to take your time, as being anxious increases the likelihood of making rash decisions. As the test progresses the anxiety and relax into your normal driving routine. Remember the less mistakes you feel you are making, the more confident and relaxed you will become.

Always make sure you have both your valid photo Licence and paper counterpart ready from the night before your test.


NOTE: You must pass your theory test before you apply for your practical driving test.

More info

For more information or to book a driving lesson phone 0800 955 0415 or 0796 075 0662