Top Tips To Pass Your Driving Test

What Is The Driving Test?

The driving test is a key test in the licensing process and allows you to progress from being a learner (L license)  to a provisional P1 driver. For more info on the different stages to get a full driving license, refer to our post “How to get your driving license?”

It is a practical test on the road that you take with a NSW service officer while you are being assessed against 5 key performance areas:

  1. Speed management (S)
  2. Road positioning (P)
  3. Decision making (D)
  4. Responding to hazards (H)
  5. Vehicle control (C)

During the test, the testing officer will direct you where to drive and record your performance on a score sheet against each area mentioned above.

The RMS has created a guide of the test that you should refer to. It is available here:  RMS Guide to driving test (PDF)

When To Take the Driving Test?

To register for the test, you must meet some criteria:

  • Be more than 17 years old,
  • Pass the Hazard Perception Test (HPT) (after 10 months of holding your L license),
  • Have held a Learner license (L) for at least 12 months,
  • Have completed 120 hours in your learner driver log book that can be either a paper logbook or a mobile app. If you use the mobile app, you must send the details to RMS up to 48 hours before the test.
  • If you are more than 25 years old, you are exempt from the log book and the 12 months minimum term. However, you will still be required to pass the Hazard Perception Test (HPT).

Top Tips To Prepare The Driving Test

Well, the answer is quite simple….Practice, practice, practice..

The more you have practiced driving around with your parents or a professional driving instructor increases your chance of success. By the time you present the test, you will have driven at least 80 hours in various conditions and should be ready by then.

At Driverli, we highly recommend you take some lessons with a RMS certified driving school who will equip you with relevant and practical tips to become a safe driver and successfully pass the test.

Make sure your Leaner Driver Log Book (or mobile app) is fully completed, signed by your supervising driver and has the required amount of driving experience.

Booking a final driving lesson with your driving instructor before the test will help you:

  • identify the potential routes you may be driving during the test
  • perform for the last time all the manoeuvres you will be tested on (parking, hill start, kerb side stop and three-point turn)
  • use it as a test-run for the real test to receive feedback from the instructor on how you can improve on D-day.

 While this is a practical test, make sure you have spent time reviewing any online resources available such as the RMS Guide to driving test (PDF). Arrive on time at the testing centre accompanied by your driving instructor or a person who has a full driver license. 

If you feel you are not ready, this is fine.. Find a diving school and an instructor and book some lessons to prepare you for the driving test.


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7 Top Tips To Pass The Driving Test

Make sure to bring all the right things with you

Arrive on time at the test center and make sure you have brought with you all the required paperwork. If you are using a digital logbook, make sure you have shared the data with RMS enough time before the test. Check out this article on Driverli about the logbook here.

If you are using your own car, ensure your car is ready for the test. If something is wrong with it, you may not able allowed to take the test. Check your rego is current, your tyres are correctly inflated and not worn to the limit, your indicators and brakes are functional, your windscreen is clean as well the car’s interior.

Obey traffic signs

Traffic signs are here for a reason… Without rules, we would not be able to share the road with other users. Additionally, they can be used to signal a danger. So obeying to traffic signs is the rule #1 that you must follow not only during your driving test but at any time when you are driving. Make sure you are comfortable with the meaning of most of the traffic signs you see around you when you drive.

Use your indicators to signal your intentions

Indicators allow drivers to signal their intentions to other road users including pedestrians.When performing maneuvers, such as parking but as well turning, merging and in a roundabout, you must use your indicators.

Observe and obey speed limits

Speed limits are another critical rules that we must follow whether we drive during the driving test or at any other time. However, one important thing to notice is that you can be penalised during the test if you are driving too slow, or don’t adapt your speed accordingly to the environment around the car (hazards, pedestrian, kids playing in a residential area)

Check your blind spots

Blind spots are not just important for the driving test but for any time you are on the road. Indeed, a blind spot is a specific spot in the car where you can’t see what is happening due to the vehicle structure and design. You need to constantly check your blind spot when you are performing some maneuvers such as overtaking, turning, parking, changing lanes, merging into the traffic…

Use of mirrors

The mirrors are a great way to know what is happening around the car. So everytime you are changing your allure (slowing down or accelerating), turning, overtaking, don’t forget to use your mirrors to check if the car behind now is not to close, or someone is coming on your left while you are planning to turn left (which indicates that you may be in the wrong lane)..

Apply sound judgment

During the driving test, you will need to demonstrate that you are able to apply sound judgment. For example. you are turning right at an intersection and a car is coming toward you. Should you wait or go now? Is the car coming fast or slow enough for you to have time to turn. This sound judgment comes with experience, and the more you have driven as a learner, the more comfortable you will become applying sound judgment.


If you feel you are ready, we wish you good luck for your driving test!