Tips from Driving Examiners: in for a penny, in for a pound

The cost of learning to drive can vary enormously from person to person, depending on their ability and experience. Those who need the fewest lessons are usually those who’ve already had some driving experience and have a natural talent for driving. So, if you’re not a ‘natural’, and you’ve had no previous driving experience, you’ll probably need quite a few lessons – like most people.

Come on England!! (Oh, and I hope your driving test goes well!)

When you’re coming up for your driving test, it becomes the principal focus – the be-all and end-all. The worry about whether you’ll pass can eclipse everything else in your life. That is, of course, unless you have something even BIGGER to worry about!

The World Cup has just started, so I’ll tell you a football-related story which shows a way you can pin your hopes on something other than the test, just to make it less stressful.

An examiner's tale: drug driving

Driving is sometimes dangerous. There, I’ve said it! It can be dangerous because of the huge number of unplanned things that may happen – a tyre might blow out or a child could run into your path from behind a van. Whatever the scenario, you’ll greatly reduce the chances of anyone actually getting hurt if you’re in good shape physically, mentally and emotionally.

Tips from Driving Examiners: Are you flashing at me?

This was a situation a candidate recently found herself in on test with me. Have a read and think about what you would have done in the same situation.

Picture the scene: the candidate, whose name is Emily, is driving well and we’re travelling along a winding residential road on a dry day. Vehicles are parked randomly on both sides of the road.

As the main road curves around to the left we approach some parked cars on the left, just before a narrow side road on the left.

Tips from Driving Examiners: Driving Examiners are Human

Firstly, let’s put things into perspective. You don’t owe the examiner anything. But because you’ve paid good money to DVSA, the examiner owes you a good test. That’s what we get paid for. We’re just ordinary people doing the job that we’re trained to do.

And we are ordinary people, just like you. We