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Dress for the test

Deciding what to wear for your driving test might not sound important, but you need to make sure you’re comfortable and wearing safe footwear. It’s up to you whether you want to dress smartly or casually, but bear in mind that looking relatively smart and tidy will give a good first impression to your examiner and will make you feel confident too. As you’ll be sitting in the car for around 40 minutes, being comfortable is really important. Wear something loose fitting which won’t get caught or restrict your movement.

Some shoes are not suitable for driving, for example, flip flops and high heels. Choose a pair of shoes which are flat and stay securely on your feet. Shoes with a slim sole will allow you to get a better feeling for the pedals. Footwear with thick soles, like Ugg boots, can make it more difficult to control the car.

If your test is in the summer, avoid wearing layers of clothing as you don’t want to overheat. Likewise, in winter, wear something to keep you warm, but not too warm. If you do get too hot during your test, ask the examiner if it’s OK to pull over in a safe place to remove a layer of clothing. It’s better to do this than to ruin your chances of passing because you’re too hot to concentrate. If your test is in the summer, leave your sunglasses at home. They can obscure
your view and will prevent the examiner from being able to see whether you’re checking your mirrors every time you should be.