The DVSA has launched a behavioural change campaign to improve learner drivers’ understanding of what it means to be ‘test ready’. Data shows that 51% of driving tests taken between October and December 2021 were failed.
The ‘Ready to Pass?’ campaign encourages learners to delay their test if they are not ready – telling them this is ‘the best way of getting your independence and freedom as soon as possible’. The campaign reminds learners that a test appointment can be changed without charge, as long as it is done at least three working days before the date. It also aims to help with ‘learner nerves’ by providing better information on the pre and post driving test process and pointing candidates in the direction of all the places they can go to for help.
As for knowing when a learner is test ready, the campaign says they will:
- Not need help or prompts from a driving instructor
- Not make silly mistakes when driving
- Pass every mock driving test
- Be able to control nerves
Mark Winn, chief driving examiner, DVSA, says: “You’re ready to take your driving test when you can drive safely and follow The Highway Code without any prompts from your instructor, while keeping your nerves under control.”