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Top Tips For Your Practical Driving Test

Top Tips For Your Practical Driving Test

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Picture this – you’ve been learning to drive for a few months now, you’ve passed your theory test with flying colours and now you feel confident enough to take your practical driving test. However, now that the day has arrived and you’re sitting in the drivers seat, the whole experience becomes a little daunting and nerve-racking.

Does this sound familiar? Unfortunately for many of us, this kind of feeling overpowers our normal emotions. At Richard Hardie we have gathered our tops tips for making your practical driving test run as smoothly as possible!

Be Prepared
Not just physically but mentally too! Ensure that you have had a good night’s sleep and a light meal or snack prior to your practical test. You also need to be prepared for the ever-changing British weather too! If the roads are wet and slippery, remember to increase your distance from the car in front.

Know the Car
This may sound a little obvious as you will have more than likely been learning to drive in the same vehicle as your test. However simple adjustments such as changing the back of the seat so it’s straight, and adjusting the seatbelt and seat height (if your car allows this), are all key factors to successful and safe driving.

Follow Instruction
Always listen to your practical driving instructor as he/she ultimately decides whether you pass or fail your test. Although there is a little leeway if you turn right and the instructor has asked you to go left, frequent errors like this can all mount up into various minors.

Know Your Theory
In order to take your practical driving test you need to have successfully passed your theory. So put your knowledge to good use and use everything you revised for your test, and the skills you have learnt with your driving instructor. Don’t forget the simple things such as using and adjusting your mirrors accordingly and correctly completing the manoeuvres.

One of the most important factors to successfully passing your practical test is to relax! If you feel anxious on the inside, it will show on the outside and can affect your overall performance. Many driving school instructors today complete a trial driving test and score you as honestly as they can. However, if your driving school doesn’t offer this don’t be afraid to ask and also ask family members so you can adapt to different people being in the car with you.

We hope these tips will you help you pass your test, and if you do, here at Richard Hardie we are currently offering a Just Add Fuel deal for 18 to 25 year olds. The offer is for the NEW Peugeot 108 Active 1.0 (68) 3dr and comes with many benefits including:


You can get all this for only a £205 deposit and £205 monthly payments. For more information on this deal visit the Peugeot 108 Active for more details.

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Driving Test Changes In December 2017

Driving Test Changes In December 2017

Posted on: 4th Dec 2017

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have confirmed that from today (Monday 4th December), changes to the driving test are now in effect.

Winter Driving Questions Unveiled: Part 1

Winter Driving Questions Unveiled: Part 1

Posted on: 15th Nov 2017

With the cold winter days fast approaching and the dark nights now here, driving can be a daunting experience. Whether you’re driving to work, the shops or travelling to a relative’s home for Christmas ensuring your car is in full working condition is essential. Sometimes though, we forget some of the rules of the road during the colder months; rea...

The All-New Peugeot 5008 SUV Coming Soon To Richard Hardie

The All-New Peugeot 5008 SUV Coming Soon To Richard Hardie

Posted on: 26th Oct 2017

Arriving to Richard Hardie Peugeot Centres in January 2018, the All-New Peugeot 5008 SUV is set to make heads turn with its sharp robust design. If you can’t wait till January, Richard Hardie Ashington and Durham are holding exclusive preview events in November. See the bottom of this article to book your appointment!

Richard Hardie Raise £254 on Macmillan Coffee Morning

Richard Hardie Raise £254 on Macmillan Coffee Morning

Posted on: 3rd Oct 2017

On Friday 29th September 2017 our Richard Hardie Group participated in the world's biggest coffee morning. We baked, bought and ate cake to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. We had a great day eating cake and playing various fundraising games and in all we raised £253.64 between our five Centres in Ashington, Durham, Newcastle, Silverlink a...