Top 3 Tips on Passing Your Driving Test

Taking that next step after spending months on your provisional driving license is always exciting. Before you can have your full driving license, you must first pass two sets of tests: the practical test and theory test. These driving tests are actually very straightforward, but a lot of future drivers fail their tests of a few common reasons. In this article, we’re going to take a closer look at three of the most common reasons and how you can avoid them.

Practice a Lot

The first reason we’re going to cover is the lack of practice. It is easy to think you’re the best driver in the world. To be honest, I thought that way too when I was taking my practical test. However, overconfidence and lack of practice are very dangerous when it comes to passing your tests. They tend to make you lazy; you’ll end up not preparing enough for the tests.

The key here is to practice and to practice a lot. Passing your practical test involves mastering some basic driving skills. For example, it is common for the examiner to suddenly trigger an emergency situation (i.e. saying that there’s a child on the road). You need to be able to react quickly to impress the examiner and pass the test.

The same goes for the driving theory test. Luckily, this is also a test you can train for. You don’t have to spend hours memorising the Highway Code. Instead of spending your time reading and memorising, take online training tests and see how well you can do.

Keep Calm

A driving test is still a test, so it is not uncommon for people to start panicking the moment the test starts. This is especially true with the practical test. The good news is that you have plenty of time to prepare. You can get used to having someone in the passenger seat giving you instructions, just to get the hang of it.

On the actual test, take long, deep breaths whenever you start feeling nervous. It’s okay; everyone gets nervous. Even the examiner will understand the anxiety. Don’t be ashamed to take a deep breath and get yourself centred.

The most important thing is to stay focused on the task at hand. In a practical test, try to keep your attention on the road in front of you. Don’t worry about cars passing by or those behind you. In a theory test, all you have to do is remember all of the mock theory tests you have mastered.

Prepare Yourself More for the Test

Our last basic mistake is to actually NOT eat before the driving test out of fear of vomiting. You’ve practiced a lot and you think you are ready for the test. Before taking the test, there are a few basic things you can do to boost your confidence; having a good meal is one of them. Chocolate, for example, can help lower your stress level and make you feel more confident about the test.

These tips are very simple, but they will help you be more prepared for the actual driving test. Remember: you can do this!

Strong bin liners are not the sort of thing I expected to get excited before becoming a wife and mother. They were about as interesting as warm cardigans and storage solutions. How times change!

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Like many women, the bulk of the housework falls on me even though I work. I resent this and even rant about it on occasion but pretty much to no avail. The children buy things and lose interest quickly and I think they might get that from me with my charity shop obsession.

When I try to declutter, you can bet bin liners are not strong enough so I give up, have a coffee and sink into despair.

All this has changed and has put a spring in my step after I was sent some bin liners from Visqueen to review. You can get one off the roll easily without ending up tearing into the next one. You can stuff them with all manner of things.  In fact, I get making the  challenge more tough and still they stood up to the test. I have stared to send things to the tip and the charity shop, mountains of bin liners full. It really has cheered me up and makes housework so much simpler. I have held an attachment to stuff for far too long and I feel lighter as I let things go.

A survey undertaken by Mumsnet, the UK’s biggest site for parents, and commissioned by Visqueen Ultimate, the UK’s toughest bin bags, found that in 46% of households, women are responsible for emptying the kitchen bin into the outside wheelie, compared with 25% of households where it’s the man’s job. In 27% of households, meanwhile, it’s a shared responsibility, and in only 1% of homes do the children take on the task.

It gets worse for the women-folk. The survey also found that in 62% of homes, women are in charge of emptying the other household bins, compared with only 14% of homes in which men do it. It’s a shared job in 20% of households and the kids do it in just 2%. When it comes to actually cleaning the kitchen bin, don’t expect any help from a bloke! In 76% of households, women carry out this unpleasant chore, while men step up to help in only 9% of homes!

The survey shows that what has traditionally been a task for men is no longer just a job for the boys, with increasing numbers of women now responsible for emptying the bins. It is unclear whether this is because men are too busy doing other chores – gardening, shopping or ironing for example. But it is clear that when it comes to responsibility for taking out the household waste, there’s been a significant swing between the sexes.
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We loved trying out the 100% natural Zespri® SunGold kiwifruit which betters 27 other popular fruits to make it one of the most nutritious available. It is kiwifruit but not quite as we know it.

Unlike traditional green kiwifruit, the skin of the Zespri® SunGold kiwifruit is smooth enough to eat without peeling. Ripe from the moment of purchase, Zespri® SunGold kiwifruits are ready to eat so you can cut, scoop and eat instantly.
The striking golden variety of kiwifruit has a nutrient adequacy score* six times that of blueberries, twice as high as strawberries and 10 times that of apples, giving it the highest score of any commonly available fruit. What’s more it is one of the most nutrient-dense fruits, a powerful combination of minerals, fibre, antioxidants and folates. All at only 79kcal to make it an excellent addition for any balanced diet.

Full of antioxidants, good for your digestion and rich in both folates and C, the Zespri® SunGold kiwifruit also has a low glycaemic index meaning it’s great for balancing blood sugar levels and enabling the body to release sugars steadily over a period of time. A new scientific study has proven that eating kiwifruit with your breakfast will significantly slow and reduce the uptake of sugars into your blood stream. This means it’s perfect for diabetics or anyone who wants to maintain a healthy weight through a low-calorie nutrient rich diet – and of course it tastes delicious,” explains Dr. Veronique Parmentier, Global marketing manager, health communications at Zespri®.

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This has come at just the right time as I return to healthy eating in an attempt to increase my fitness lessons and shed some pounds. The only issue is that I am in competition with my daughter who has developed quite a taste for these juicy fruits.

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The brand have made some new healthy #breakfastbling recipes from nutritionist Fiona Hunter and are encouraging folks to invent their own and to jazz up breakfast time. Let’s fact it – the holiday season is a perfect time to do just that.

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Pedigree dog food is always the brand that I have associated with quality. However, I have also associated it as not the cheapest brand on the market and wondered whether it really can make a difference to a dog’s mental and physical health.

So I have tended to go with working dog brands and was excited when Pedigree sent us a range of dog products to try including wet and dry and Dentastix. I did not really think we would see any difference in our dog if I am honest. I could not have been more wrong.

On his first introduction to Pedigree, Stan the Beagle dived onto the dining table with gusto! He was not exactly a couch potato before but now he seems so much more energised and full of fun. The other big positive is that his coat is now super soft and silky. Finally, he will do just about anything for Pedigree so it can be used as a training aid.

My husband attended an information event on Pedigree and was really impressed with how much research goes into their products based on good science. He was also thrilled to see their commitment to dog welfare.

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