Impressing Your Driving Examiner: Insider Secrets Revealed



When learning to drive, we want to know exactly what the driving test examiner is looking for? In this article, we will reveal insider secrets and tips from experienced driving instructors on how to impress driving examiners during your test. From knowing the common mistakes to avoid, to showcasing your safe driving skills, we’ll provide you with the knowledge and confidence you need to ace your test and earn your driver’s license.

What do driving examiners fail you on?

“When you take your driving test, your examiner will want to make sure you know and follow the rules of the road. This includes things like going the right speed, knowing when it’s your turn to go, and using your signals correctly. But it’s not just about how good you are in the car. Its also about following the law which means you should always wear your seat belt and make sure you are following signs correctly such as traffic lights and speed limits. You would not believe how students have failed before they leave the test center for not wearing there seat belt.”

What do examiners look for in a driving test?

Examiners will evaluate your comfort level while driving during the test, and whether you are able to drive confidently and without fear. This skill comes with experience, and involves being able to maintain your composure in a variety of traffic and road conditions. It’s important to note that being confident while driving does not mean taking unnecessary risks or breaking the speed limit, rather it’s about being in control of the car and yourself in different situations.

What happens if you speed on driving test?

It really depends on how much you go over the speed limit and the situation. The examiner make a judgement depending on the situation but the best answer is to not risk it. My students rarely get a serious fault for going above the speed limit upto 5 mph provided they have not made any other serious faults on the driving test. But every examiner is different and well within there rights to fail you for going over the speed limit by just 1 mph.

6 Tips to Impress Your Driving Test Examiner

Managing your Road Position

The examiner is going to expect you to be staying in a normal driving position when its safe to do so. If you are drifting left and right his is not going to be a good sign on your driving ability. You are also going to be expected to maintain a 2, 4, or 10 second gap depending on thew weather conditions. The final main point here is to keep your distance when stopping to the vehicle in front. A good rule of thumb is tarmac and tyres. This just means when stopping make sure you can see a bit of tarmac and the tyres of the car in front.

Manage your Mistakes

Every learner driver makes errors at some point. The examiner will be watching to see how you handle them, and it won’t simply be about how quickly and safely you can correct a mistake. Your driving instructor will also assist you in recognizing and fixing any errors you may make. Its also important that you can recognise these mistakes as its how we learn to avoid them in future.

Decision Making Skills

Making wise choices is a crucial aspect of driving, particularly when deciding when to change lanes, pass other cars, and changing direction. Its also important that you are recognising road markings and traffic controls allowing you react in plenty of time. Your driving examiner would want you to ensure you can make these choices confidently and independently.

Capability to Control the Car

One of the most crucial things that teachers look for is the ability of how one controls their car. They want to check your ability to handle the vehicle in various circumstances, including stopping safely, turning corners, and parking.

How to Deal with the driving Examiner?

The driving examiner will make some basic conversation during the driving test. It is up to you to decide whether you would prefer to chat or focus on your drive. If talking makes you feel more at ease then get on with it. However if you are anything like me I cannot talk and focus so i would choose to be quiet. The examiner understand if you choose not to speak. They would prefer that than you talk and make a mistake. After all they are do not need any new friends.

A Quick Story

My brother failed two driving tests trying to make friends with the examiner instead of focusing on his driving. On his third attempt he kept his mouth shut and ignored the examiner and finally passed his driving test. There’s a lesson in there somewhere.


The number one reason for people failing there driving test is poor observations. This can include a number of things such as not checking blind spots, not checking mirrors that lead to high risk situations and making the wrong choices at roundabouts and other junctions that lead to danger.

This requires a bit of common sense but the basic rules are:

If you have pulled over or stopped in a road, you need to check 360 degrees around your car. Build that picture so you know its safe to pull off.

Do not take risks at roundabouts. I have never had a student fail for hesitating at a roundabout but plenty of people fail there driving test for pulling out of a junction or roundabout when they should not have.

When on a multi lane road and you need to change lanes always check mirrors and blind spot before hand. If it doesn’t feel safe then don’t go. You cant fail the driving test for going to wrong way safely but you can for going the right way dangerously.

By following the tips and advice discussed in this article, you’ll be well on your way to impressing your driving examiner and passing your test in no time at all. Remember that practice and preparation are key, so be sure to familiarize yourself with common mistakes to avoid, and put in the time to develop your safe driving skills. On test day, stay calm, present yourself confidently, and most importantly, try to remember you can do this. If you remember these insider secrets you will be well on your way to getting that green driving licence. Good luck!”

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