Top Driving Test Tips


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Top driving tests tips to help you pass your practical driving test in london

Top tips to pass your driving test

  • Ensure you have taken enough driving lessons and your motoring confidence levels are high.
  • Ensure you have practiced all the manoeuvres and you are confident with them all, to a high standard.
  • Try to ensure that you take your test in the car you practice in, there are some subtle differences with all cars and these may lead you to become flustered if you are not comfortable with the feel of the basic controls.
  • Turn off your mobile phone before you start, this could throw you out of your test mode and divert your attention,
  • Makes sure you practice on the actual driving test route the examiner will take you on and ensure you know the surrounding roads just in case you get diverted during your driving test.
  • Make Sure you take a walk around your vehicle and examine it for issues, before you get in, even if your examiner does not!
  • Firstly adjust your seat position so you are comfortable and then adjust all your mirrors to suit, not the other way round. (DSSSM) See below.
  • Do a thorough check of all mirrors prior to moving off not forgetting to look over your shoulder to check out that blind spot.
  • If you are not carrying out a manoeuvre ensure you check all your mirrors every 5 seconds and make it obvious to the examiner what you are doing, do not just move your eyes move your head to emphasise this.
  • If you make one small mistake, instantly forget about it, move on, do not let this cause you to get flustered and make more mistakes.
  • Do not go too slow and never break the speed limit, driving too fast does not show confidence but recklessness and driving too slow is dangerous and will make you look nervous.
  • Ensure you react to hazards and potential dangers before they become realised, do not wait till the last moment, do not expect the hazard to clear and act in good time. This will show the examiner that you can react to hazards in good time and you can see the potential dangers ahead.
  • Never show contempt for other road users during your test.
  • Never try to be too chatty with the examiner, you are driving and your full attention should be on driving,
  • If you are unsure what the examiner has asked you to do ask him again for clarification.
  • if you are stopped by another road users or you stall when conducting a manoeuvre, ensure you start again from the beginning, put the car back to park and check all your mirrors again. Use (MSPSL) See below.

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Driving Test Tips


The MSPSL routine

MSPSL should be used when you approach a junction or approach a roundabout, traffic lights or any other road hazards. Mirrors, Signal, Position, Speed and Look.


Always use in pairs

If you move to the left, check centre mirror then left wing mirror

If you move to the right, check centre mirror then right wing mirror

Watch out for motorcycles and cycles when turning at junctions or maneuvering

Check the speed and position of the vehicles behind you and act accordingly upon what you see


Signal Left or right, as appropriate, and in good time

Do not confuse other road users or pedestrians by signalling too early or too late.


Correctly and in good time – 1m from curb if left

Position yourself early so other road users clearly know your intentions

Never cross the center line when positioning yourself to turn right


Adjust your speed as required

Select the right gear that will give you best control of your car

As a general rule closed junctions will require 1st gear – open junctions may be fine in 2nd.


Look early on approach to junctions and roundabouts

Assess the situation carefully

Decide early to wait or go

Act upon your decision (you should not cause other vehicles to slow down, swerve or stop).

With practice the MSPSL routine should become an integral part of your driving.


The LADA Routine

The LADA routine Look, Assess, Decide and Act is a follow on for the MSPSL routine above. The MSPSL routine ends with Look and this is where the LADA routine starts from.


The DSSSM Routine

DSSSM stands for Doors, Seats, Steering,Seat Belt and Mirrors.

This should be carried out when you first get into the car, so first you should check that all doors are closed, your seat is positioned correctly and all passengers have their seat belts on and then finally you check that all mirrors are positioned correctly.



Or MSM this should be used in every instance when you require to change lanes, turn, approach a junction, encounter a road hazard.


The POM Routine

Another abbreviation frequently used by driving instructors is POM, Prepare, Observe and Move. But is very similar to The MSPSL and POM Routines.


The SCALP Routine

This acronym is used for when finding somewhere to stop or perhaps being asked to pull over by your test examiner, with SCALP standing for Safe, Convenient and Legal Position.


Follow these simple driving test tips and you will be on the road to success

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Driving Test Centres in London and Surrey

Morden Driving Test Centre

  • 10 Tudor Drive
  • Morden
  • Surrey
  • SM4 4P

Croydon Driving Test Centre

  • 111 Canterbury Road
  • Croydon
  • Surrey
  • CR0 3HH

Tolworth Driving Test Centre

  • Douglas House 1b Douglas Road
  • Tolworth
  • Surrey
  • KT6 7RZ

Wallington (Mint House) Driving Test Centre

  • Mint House 6 Stanley Park Road
  • Wallington
  • Surrey
  • SM6 0PY

Isleworth Driving Test Centre

  • Worton Hall
  • Worton Road
  • Isleworth
  • TW7 6ER

Hither Green Driving Test Centre

  • 42-44 Ennersdale Road
  • Hither Green
  • Greater London
  • SE13 6JD

Mitcham Driving Test Centre

  • Redhouse Road
  • Mitcham
  • Surrey
  • CR0 3AQ

Sutton Driving Test Centre

  • Helena House, 348 High Street
  • Sutton
  • Surrey
  • SM1 1PU

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