How to beat driving test waiting times

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Driving test-waiting times can be both a nuisance and a blessing in disguise. Depending on where you are in the world can determine waiting times for driving tests. If you live in South Africa, you can expect to wait months for a driving test. If you live in London, likewise. Smaller countries with smaller populations tend to have less waiting time. In Scotland for example, depending on the time of year you can apply for a driving test and be granted a date within weeks.

Apply early

The best way to avoid long waiting lists is to apply early, if you live in a city with a large number of applicants yearly. This can be the difference between waiting three months and waiting six months. Try to apply during periods of time where the driving institutions might be less busy. For example, avoid applications during term-breaks and general holiday periods. It should be no surprise that if you apply for your test before Christmas, you’re not likely to sit your test before February or even March.

Try Different Centres – test waiting times vary

Depending on where you apply will have an impact on the time you will wait to sit your test. If you apply at a driving licensing centre in a more rural part of the city like the outskirts, you’ll to get a date sooner. Going to the centre of London to apply for a driving test is like waiting for a train to take you somewhere on the wrong side of the tracks, you’ll eventually get there but it’s a roundabout way. An alternative would be to hire a company to check for you (searching for tests on your behalf)

Read the form

When filling out the application form, be sure to read EVERYTHING it says carefully. You don’t want your application to be refused because you’ve written down the wrong address or an old phone contact number. Ensure to tick all the boxes that need to be ticked. The process will be prolonged if you make small mistakes. You will be asked to hand over more or the correct information. If the error is in contact information you might not even hear back from them. Resulting in you having to re-apply entirely.

Take your theory test

Before you sit the practical test, you will need to pass the theory test. So, read up and study with the practice test papers. The quicker you get this done, the quicker you can get your practical test complete. You may have to resit this a couple of times, which is normal. Concentrate on how the questions are structured, usually the answer is simpler than it seems.

Get a good driving instructor

Getting the right driving instructor is imperative. A poor instructor can teach you bad habits or ignore them altogether if you start developing them. A good instructor will pay close attention to everything you’re doing behind the wheel from checking your mirrors to changing the gears. A good instructor won’t be able to teach you to drive like a pro in a week, but he/she will prepare you more thoroughly for your driving test. The quality and frequency of your tuition, will either improve or reduce your chances of passing the first time. Getting a good quality instructor will save you both time and money.