At the HGV Training network, we pride ourselves on our ability to see you through your test – no matter what class of vehicle you are currently learning with it, and with many of our learners going on to pass first time or achieve remarkably high scores, we are well placed to help you succeed.

While everything is covered by your experienced instructor, we thought we would share some great pointers which will ensure you fly through your theory test as painlessly as possible.

1. Awareness, and understanding of, developing hazards. There are two types of hazard – a standard hazard, and a developing hazard. As part of your theory test, you will be asked to spot and identify both. You may be unsure what qualifies as a developing hazard – but the DVLA defines a developing hazard as ‘something which would cause you to take action, like changing speed or direction’ A good example of this would be a car parked on the side of the road that isn’t moving, as your driving would be unaffected by it there is no hazard, however if the car’s right hand indicator began to flash, and the car began to move away it becomes a developing hazard as you will have to take action in response.

2. Prepare Yourself Ensure you are sharp, well rested and alert in the approach to your test. You can improve your mental performance by keeping your diet somewhat clean and filtering out the junk food and coffee. Ensure you drink plenty of water on the morning of your test and you’ll be in the best possible shape to pass.

3. If You’re Unsure or Nervous – Don’t Click. This is something seen often when people are unsettled or uneasy with the test, people will click anywhere and hope for the best that one of them HAS to be right – whereas in reality you’ll just end up with a weaker score as the computer will assume you don’t actually know and you are just guessing. Try to compose yourself and click smart.

4. Make the Most of Practice Tests Like with all things, practice really does make perfect – especially with tests like this. We will provide all of the practice tests you need to ensure that you are fully confident and comfortable at identifying the various hazards you could be presented with.

5. Leave Your Phone at Home In the 21st Century this is by far one of the hardest things for people on this list. Sometimes it may not be feasible to go without your phone for the day, or for the duration of your test. At least turn your phone off for the duration of the test to avoid any unwanted distractions. The last thing you want is annoying notifications putting you off!