Tips For Getting Driving Licence in India

In India, it is mandatory to hold a valid driving licence while driving. However, to acquire a driving licence, you need to pass the driving test, which can be a daunting task. It is normal to get anxious about passing the driving test, but the below mentioned tips will help you get prepared and stay calm. Read on to find out more:

  • Practice as much as you can: As they say ‘Practice makes the man perfect’, only practicing your driving skills before the main exam will give you the confidence to perform well. You should also keep all the rules in mind and apply them while practicing. This will help you get hands-on experience and not just theoretical knowledge of the rules.
  • Stay calm during the test: Being nervous while giving the main exam is understandable, but don't panic. Take deep breaths while counting to 10 and stay calm. Carry a water bottle, if required. This will help you stay alert and perform better.
  • Perfect your reversing skills: In driving tests, generally, it is expected that you know how to smoothly reverse the car. Doing this can be a little difficult, but you can improve on this by practicing it enough times beforehand.
  • Don't forget to buckle up: Before you start driving to take the driving test, fasten your seat belt. It is a very basic thing, and the instructor in most cases, keeps an eye on this. It will help you make a positive impression.
  • Keep your hands on the steering wheel: While giving the driving test, don't try to drive single-handedly, no matter how polished your skills are! Make use of both hands, and keep them in 3’o clock and 9’o clock positions for better grip. Keep a handkerchief if you have excessive palm sweating.
  • Make use of indicators: The indicators are an important part of the whole driving test. It is an unspoken rule to use them while taking a turn, going left or right, or for any other required indication. Make a note of all the points regarding when and where to use the indicators to avoid messing them up.
  • Focus on the basics: Being overconfident or underconfident can harm your driving test experience. Pay attention to small details like having an 'L' sign on your vehicle if you are carrying your own vehicle, ensuring all the mirrors are at an angle that can assist in safe driving, being polite to the RTO staff, carrying all the required documents, and lastly, keeping an eye on the road while driving.
  • Be punctual for the test: Reaching the driving test venue half an hour before time will help you understand the road conditions and get prepared. You will adapt well to the environment. You can also check the vehicle you will be driving to give the test; in case you are not using your own vehicle. Check if the brakes, gear, accelerator and steering wheel are functioning properly.
  • Go slow: While giving the driving test, don't try to increase the speed or do rash driving. You don’t have to prove that you are a driving expert at the RTO. This can impact your performance negatively and reduce your chances of passing the test. It is advisable to maintain moderate speed and abide by the driving rules.
  • Ask questions whenever necessary: While giving the driving test, don't be afraid to ask questions to the instructor or the RTO staff. In case you don't have clarity about what you are expected to do for the test, politely ask the examiner to repeat the instructions. Not understanding the test requirements can affect your performance negatively. That is why, understand everything properly before starting with the test.

If you pay attention to basics and stay calm, driving test isn’t that difficult to pass. Prepare well and be confident about your skills, this will help you ace your test.

FAQs on Getting Driving License in India

  1. Should I bring my own vehicle to give the driving test?
  2. You may or may not be required to bring your own vehicle for the driving test. Check with the RTO, you have booked a slot in for the driving test.

  3. Can I book a slot for driving licence online?
  4. Yes, you can book a slot for driving licence online. Follow the steps mentioned below:

    • Visit https://sarathi.parivahan.gov.in/
    • Choose the specific state you want to apply in.
    • Select "Appointments" and choose ‘Service’.
    • Choose the concerned state and RTO
    • Choose the date on which you want to book a slot on.
  5. What is the procedure to book an appointment for a driving test online?
  6. Only some states allow online booking of driving test slot. To book a slot online, follow the steps mentioned below:

    • Visit https://sarathi.parivahan.gov.in/
    • Choose the specific state
    • Select "Appointments" and click on ‘Service’.
    • Book an appointment
    • Visit the RTO along with the required documents as per the schedule.
  7. Is it possible to change the RTO after generating application?
  8. Yes, you can change the RTO until and unless you have made the payment for test. Do contact the concerned RTO for more clarity.

  9. Can I reschedule the driving test?
  10. Yes, you can reschedule the driving test in some states. This can be done only after you have cancelled the previously made appointment. Follow the steps mentioned below:

    • Visit https://sarathi.parivahan.gov.in/
    • Choose the specific state.
    • Select "Appointments" and choose ‘Service’.
    • Book an appointment.
    • Visit the RTO along with the required documents as per the schedule.
  11. Which documents are required to be carried at the RTO?
  12. You need to carry the following documents to the RTO office:

    • A copy of acknowledgment receipt.
    • A copy of Form 1, application form & Form 1A
    • A copy of appointment letter.
    • Fee receipt.
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