How do I know when to book my Driving Test?
Your progress will be recorded in your appointment card which will ensure that you have covered all of the main topics that are needed to pass the test. It is also important to ensure that you have driven round all of the more complex parts of Newbury which shall also be recorded in your appointment card. Your progress is graded in 3 stages: INTRODUCED this is when you are being fully talked through a situation. PROMPTED is when your instructor is using a questions to prompt you on approaching situation. Finally you would reach the INDEPENDENT stage which means that most of the time your instructor is acting like a satellite navigation system and would be only pointing out minor problems in your driving. You will take a Mock Driving Test with another instructor from Ultimate Driving where you would be taken round a Test Route in order to assess how you would fair on a real Driving Test. This is the point where we would discuss when to book your real Driving Test.
How do I book my Driving Test?
You may book your driving test over the phone 0300 200 1122 or using the Direct Gov website www.gov.uk/book-practical-driving-test. Booking online is the easiest and cheaper option. You will need your Theory Certificate Number and Driving licence Number and a valid credit or debit card. Check with your instructor when the best time to book your test is, as he or she may already be taking someone to the Test Centre at this time. Once you have received confirmation send a text message to your instructor confirming the time and date. You will usually be allocated a 2 hour slot in his or her diary. This is so you have an hour to warm up before your test and then the use of the car during your test. So remember you will need to pay your instructor for two hours on the day of your test. We are therefore well aware that taking a driving test will cost more than £110 and like to ensure that you are fully prepared to take the test.
Do you have any advice for me?
DO NOT tell every man and his dog that you have your driving test. Keep it to yourself if possible. You do not need to hear everyone else’s stories about their driving test just before you take yours. By keeping it to yourself there is less pressure and if you are not successful on the first attempt then you do not have to phone all your friends and relatives to tell them the bad news.