Putting theory into practise: top tips to pass your B+E driving test
When I asked instructor Will from Diamond Driver Training about my performance throughout the B+E course, his reply was: “Awful!”
Lucky for me, he was laughing at the time. “No,” he continued. “You’ve done well. You’ve taken everything on board that I’ve told you, and that showed in the result.”
That's the main thing about successfully passing your B+E test... It's highly unlikely you know everything. So the key is to listen and soak in as much information from the professionals as you can, vastly increasing your chances of obtaining a pass rate. So here are Will's top tips...
Top tips for B+E success
• When reversing, keep it slow. A lot of people try and rush it. It’s the thing that most people are the most worried about, so they try to do it faster.
• Keep checking both mirrors. When reversing, if the trailer’s disappeared out of one mirror, chances are it’s going to be in the other one!
• Before you come to do your B+E, learn your Highway Code. One of the biggest issues we get is people not being sure about road signs, where they can or can’t stop at the side of the road, what certain white lines mean… Things like that.
• Be prepared to take stuff in. People come in with an idea of what they think is going to happen, what they’re good at, what the examiner’s going to see. Nine times out of 10, what they need to concentrate on or improve on isn’t what they think.
• Lastly… Listen to your instructor. Again, before the test, people start thinking that the examiner must want to see this particular thing they’ve got in mind, rather than what they’ve been taught. If the instructor’s not picked it up and told you about something, forget about it!
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