finally getting a driver’s license is an important milestone in most people’s lives, and one that they look forward to with an incredible amount of excitement, anticipation and even anxiety. There’s no guarantee that you will be walking out of your driving test with a passing grade, but there are some tips to improving your chances of success.
Get plenty of practice
Like anything else, learning how to be a good driver takes lots of time behind the driving test. There are things you’ll learn while driving that you just can’t get from reading, so it’s important to log plenty of time at the wheel. Before you get behind the wheel, you can start with a driving test tutorial, for tips on passing with flying colors.
Know your car
The car you’re using for your test should be familiar to you, and not one that you’re sitting in for the first time. You’ll want to know where the controls are for everything from the lights to the windshield wipers, so you aren’t frantically searching if it starts raining. The way each car’s brake and gas pedals react can be different, so knowing how sensitive these are can help you avoid braking or accelerating too aggressively or too slowly.
Prepare and adapt to anything
Whether it’s weather conditions, an ambulance coming down the road or any other situation that could happen, you should be mentally prepared to adapt and adjust accordingly. The only true way to do this is get in those hours of practice driving, and trying to do so in a variety of weather conditions. Only getting out to drive on beautiful, sunny days will only work against you if your test lands on a rainy, overcast day.
Pay attention to driving
It sounds obvious enough, but it’s easy to get distracted by what the evaluator is doing. Trying to sneak a peek at what they’re writing down or their facial expressions is not a good idea if you’re hoping to walk out of there a licensed driver. Paying attention to the road, and what’s happening around you is the best way to ensure that whatever the examiner is writing down is positive – and you can read all of that once your test is over anyway.
DON’T Rush to get there
Leave yourself plenty of time before your scheduled test, so you’re able to arrive and get yourself acquainted with the area. Getting there just on time, may add to the stress you’re already feeling and could put you in panic mode before your test even begins. If possible, booking a lesson right before your test can help you warm up and erase any jitters you may be feeling.