Warm-up: Take a practice drive around the area of the test centre with your mentor on the day of your test. This will help you get familiar with the area and give you a chance to review and disuss anything you are feeling unsure about.
Anxiety: If you start feeling anxious prior to the test, try this exercise - breathe in deeply, hold your breath, count up to 20 and then breathe out completely. Repeat this 10 times and you should start to feel better. Once the driving test starts, you’ll focus on your driving and any remaining anxiety should disappear.
Be Confident: Talk yourself silently through the test. Talk about signs, corners, traffic lights and other things coming up and how you are going to deal with them. Congratulate yourself as you complete each stage.
Clarify: If you don’t understand what the examiner has asked you to do, don’t be afraid to ask him or her to repeat the instruction.
Mistakes: If you feel you are performing something incorrectly, just pull forwards and do it again properly. Giving up and getting flustered is going to look worse to an examiner than trying something over. Also, losing a few points is better than missing a section completely.
Here are some specific driving test tips to help you during your actual driving test.
When you get into the car with your examiner for the driving test:
- Adjust your seatbelt
- Adjust the mirrors
- Make sure the examiner has his seatbelt on!
- Start the car
- Release the parking brake
- Look behind you while backing out
This is what is expected of you while driving on the driving test:
- Follow inspector’s instructions
- Bring your car up to speed in short amount of time
- Maintain a reasonable space cushion between the vehicles around you
- Apply your brakes smoothly
- Stop behind the stop signs and/or before the white stopping line
- Do not let your car roll after you come to a complete stop
- Do not run a yellow light.
- Do not go past the speed limit.
- Avoid talking with the inspector while driving unless you are clarifying instructions
- Always use your signals for turning and be able to demonstrate hand signals
Your examiner is going to ensure that you have grasped the following skills and techniques:
- how to maintain a proper speed
- what lane you are suppose to drive in, and to turn into from the lane that you’re in
- when and who to yield to, and what to do if they are yielding to you, such as at a four way stop
- when to go through a yellow light and when to stop for a yellow light
- how to back out of a parking space safely
- how to turn in to a perpendicular parking space from the right or left, such as in a mall parking lot
- how to parallel park on the right or left side of the street, and be able to safely pull out using your turn signals
- the proper way to park on a hill, with the wheels turned the right way and parking brake set
- how to work the parking brake, wipers and washer, heater and defroster, headlights, highbeams and parking lights, horn, and other instruments and to be familiar with the warning lights.
Getting your driver’s license is a big step in life, and it can be a necessary tool for getting a job or the key to experiencing the world around you. Preparing for your driving test can seem especially daunting because you have to take everything you’ve read and actually do it! Thankfully, there are some easy ways to prepare that don’t cost a lot and can really improve your chances of success. Here are some ideas for you to consider:
1. Who you will be driving with during practice? Are they someone you respect and can take advice from, or will you get flustered or anxious with them?
2. Practice in a car with an automatic transmission and power steering. Not having to worry about shifting and awkward controls will let you focus on your driving.
3. Find a quiet area without a lot of other traffic when you first start your driving practice, even if it means going a bit out of your way. Starting in a busy area with complicated traffic signals will hurt your confidence!
4. Plan your practice routes with your mentor to ensure you get to experience all of the required traffic signs, maneuvers and traffic patterns.
5. Always bring your driving manual with you on your practice drives so that you can refer to it for any technical details that you can’t recall clearly.
6. Before going on a practice drive with your mentor, imagine yourself driving and visualize what you will do in different situations and what it will feel like in the car.
7. Talk to your friends about what their driving test was like, and get a sense of what the examiner was getting them to do and where they felt unprepared.
Applying these tips while you practice will reduce your stress and allow you to focus on learning the skills you need to pass your driving test the first time!
For more information on how to pass your driving test, see: http://www.passmyroadtest.info.