The driving test is what you’ve been working towards. Regardless of how many driving lessons you’ve had or how many theory test attempts, you’re at the final stretch. Your driving test is the opportunity to show what you’ve learned, and you’ll be assessed on a series of tasks set by the examiner.
You won’t know what these are until you do the test, which can be nerve-racking.
Here are some useful tips for you that you might find useful when it comes to preparing for your driving test.
Learn To Drive In A Variety Of Conditions
Whenever you have a driving lesson, neither you nor your instructor can control the weather. If you’ve had mainly dry days where your lesson has landed, then it’s worth driving on a wet day.
Try and book in a last-minute slot were possible on a day where it’s raining. The more weather conditions you drive in, the better prepared you’ll be on the test. So whether your driving test is in the rain or on a dry day, you won’t feel put off by it.
Have A Lesson Beforehand
In order to relieve any nerves, it’s good to have a driving lesson before the test. Ideally, you want this to be on the same day, if possible. That way, you have a chance to relax into the driving and go over anything you’re unsure of. Some can take their driving instructors along with them, but that’s up to you.
Make sure you go over all the relevant maneuvers that are common in tests. Your driving instructor should know these and will give you any last-minute tips too.
Arriving early is better than arriving late. And when it comes to your test, you don’t want anything getting in the way. Even arriving on time can mean you don’t have a moment to prepare yourself. Getting there early enough can give you time to relax, think everything through, and be ready.
It can be surprising what a bit of alone time to reflect can do for you in preparation for the exam.
Ask Your Examiner To Repeat When Needed
The atmosphere of a test can feel very nerve-racking. It’s important that you don’t let that be something that gets to you. As you go through your test, if there’s anything you misheard, ask it to be repeated.
Don’t just carry on as normal or attempting to do something that you thought was needed. Always clarify anything that your examiner says and repeat the task out load so that it sinks in.
Don’t feel awkward or embarrassed, it could be the difference between you passing and failing.
Remember To Breathe
As mentioned already, take your time and remember to breathe. It can be stressful enough, and when you’re stressed, you don’t breathe properly. We get shortness of breathe when, in fact, we want deep breathing. This can help make things clearer and less chaotic.
There are lots of different breathing techniques to try out. It’s worth doing them in your driving lessons early on or at any time where you feel nervous. There’s likely to be something that can help you.
The examiner will be sure to tell you to relax because they want you to do your best. Take their advice, take a deep breath, and trust yourself to succeed.
Never Assume You’ve Failed
There are occasions where a learner driver has thought they’ve failed when they haven’t. In fact, it could be that they failed on something that wasn’t recognised by yourself.
Never assume that you’ve failed, even if you know you did something wrong.
The distinction between majors and minors can be so discreet that you should always stay positive.
Continue to do as you are told, and don’t keep your eye off the ball until you’ve finished. As much as it can feel like you’ve failed, that might not be the case.
Be Sure To Listen For Tips If You Failed
At the end of the test, it can be hard to stay attentive when you’re told that you’ve failed. However, the feedback that an examiner gives can be crucial for your next test.
Take in all the information, and be sure to relay this to the instructor if they’re not there. If they are, they’ll likely to use the information to help you pass next time around.
Driving tests are certainly a nerve-racking experience, but it’s important to keep a level head.
Get plenty of rest the night before, arrive early, and be sure to breathe properly during the test.
Take your time and be attentive throughout!