Are you preparing to take your practical driving test? Are you worried about your chances of passing or failing it?
All you need to succeed (besides plenty of practice) is some practical driving test tips.
In this post, we’ll reveal 5 tips your driving instructor wants you to know. Read on to learn how to feel more confident on test day.
You likely have lots of family and friends who are rooting for your success. Better yet, you’ve been taking driving lessons too and your instructor thinks you’re ready for the test.
The question is: Do YOU feel like you’re physically and mentally ready? It’s normal to feel nervous, but it’s a waste of time and money to sign up for the test before you’re 100% prepared.
Ask your instructor for his professional opinion. If you feel ready but he says you aren’t, seek a second opinion. If he says you’re ready, there’s no reason you shouldn’t feel confident on test day.
Your examiner is not there to intimidate you. Chances are he’ll be friendly and welcoming (and wants you to pass your exam just as much as you do).
Put yourself in his shoes. Would you want your student to take you for a roller coaster ride? Or would you be happiest with a smooth, safe driving experience?
Imagine that you’re a chauffeur and your examiner is an important client. You want him to feel comfortable with your driving, but you also want to get him to his destination as safely and efficiently as possible.
It’s easy to fret about the details during your driving test. Keep in mind the fundamentals of good driving:
Think about this: Would the examiner prefer you to check your mirrors every 4 seconds or rear-end the car in front of you?
Aim for perfection during your driving test, but don’t panic if you make a mistake.
As quickly as possible, put the mistake behind you. Tell yourself “No more mistakes” and stay focused on your next task.
A small mistake on an otherwise good drive doesn’t automatically mean you’ll fail. Your examiner may just record it as a minor fault.
During your test drive, your examiner will make notes on his board.
He may do so after each element of the test or every time you come to a stop. Or he may wait until the very end of the test. However he chooses to make notes, don’t worry—it’s normal!
Examiners have to mark down when you pass each required element, so don’t assume the worst. You’re probably doing a lot better than you give yourself credit for.
Passing your practical driving test is a rite of passage. Preparing for it can be nerve-wracking, but there’s no reason why you can’t succeed.
When the big day arrives, refer back to this list of tips. That way you’ll ensure you’re as prepared as possible to pass your driving test—the first time.
What else could help you feel more confident on test day? Have you considered the advantages of professional driving lessons to help you prepare?
Click here to learn what to expect during your first driving lesson.