Driving Test Tips

To all the budding drivers out there, who wish to pass their driving test. I would like to first wish you good luck and offer some advice that may work to your advantage.

1) Tie your hair in a high ponytail: This will allow your examiner to see the movement of your hair (if you have long enough hair) as a sign that you are checking your mirrors.

2) Wear earrings that dangle; or at least move or sparkle: Again this demonstrates movement even if you forget it because your head will naturally move as you drive.

3) Act confident and smile, even if on the inside you are a shaking wreck: Looking like you know what you’re doing, and being sure of yourself. Having a safe manner, shows your examiner the confidence that you have in yourself. Also, it acts as an incentive to pass you because a confident driver is safer than a nervous one that could cause multiple problems.

4) Know the area around the test centre: Developing an understanding of the local area where your driving test is, means you know what to expect on certain roads. For example, if you need to be extra careful for complex roundabouts and junction, or if there’s limited view that you need to take into consideration.

5) Remember to breathe: It sound stupid, but as you tense up because of all the concentration you are doing you may forget to breathe. What’s vital to remember is the examiner wants to pass you and you probably want to pass after all the money spent it, so breathe to 1) stay conscious, and 2) to relax.

6) Treat it as a lesson with a new person in the car: Essentially they’re a stranger and need to feel safe with your driving. Consider it as your usual driving instructor getting a second opinion about your driving because your instructor must have faith in you if they’ve suggested doing your test.

7) Make small talk, but keep it short ‘n’ sweet: Stick with the rule of narrating where necessary and speaking when spoken to. The reason for this is to avoid a lack of concentration on your driving but being about to demonstrate an awareness of the world and a form of multitasking.

8) Your examiner was once sat where you are now: They have been a learner driver themselves and so know what it’s like in your position. You are not on your own, the world does not hate you but you must consider that when some see the L-plates, there is some aggression because they don’t know how advanced you are in your training; in other words they could think that you are a brand new driver. Therefore be patient with them because you will at some point need to be patient with learners yourself.

9) Justify your wrongs: If you think you’ve just made a slight mistake like stopping for a car when it was your right of way, justify yourself based upon what you thought you would be the best course of action. For instance, if they didn’t appear to have noticed you, or if they seemed to be going faster than what was necessary you could reply with that you didn’t want to put yourself or anyone else at a greater risk if you proceeded.

10) To tell people? Or to not tell people?: To some, telling other people and having that extra motivation from others can strive you to do well; if that is the case tell people about your driving test and when it is. On the other hand, if you think that telling others would give you more stress and anxiety about it because you’ve got to show all of them that you can pass, then don’t tell limited people or be vague about when it is.

I hope you found these tips helpful and employ some as they do help you. With that, good luck, I’ll see you on the road soon!

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