Driving Test Tips
Here are some useful tips for your driving test!
1. Practice a lot. It goes without saying, that the most important aspect is for you to be thoroughly prepared. Don't think that some miracle will present itself on the day of your test. You will be under immense pressure, nervous and external factors, such as the weather, could also affect your performance. So see that you've had sufficient practice in both parking and on the road to boost your confidence on the day of the test. Everything should be well rehearsed!
2. Get a good night's rest the night before your test. Don't go out partying... you will not feel braver the next day... promise. Your body and mind will have to be well rested to ensure optimum levels of focus and concentration.
3. Get all of your paperwork ready the day before your test. There's no worse feeling than not finding something you need for the test. This will only add to the tension and cause you to run late.
4. On the day of the test, eat a decent breakfast. This will stabilize your blood sugar throughout the day and prevent you from shaking extremely. If your test is a bit later in the day, take a healthy snack along as well. Don't forget to keep hydrated throughout the day.
5. On the day of the test, leave your house early enough. Add extra time for unforeseen circumstances such as traffic backlogs caused by an accident, power outages, etc. Running late will also make you more nervous and anxious, which is a big no-no on the day of your test.
6. Do a warm-up lesson (rehearsal) prior to your test. Going through all of the parkings and if you have sufficient time, the test routes, will give you peace of mind that you are indeed ready to take your test and calm down the nerves somewhat.
7. Relax. It's perfectly normal to be nervous about taking your driving test, so take the pressure off yourself by not telling many people beforehand. On the day, take deep breaths, count to 10 and exhale just before entering your vehicle. Do this a few times and you should find yourself calming down and ready to drive. If, at any point during your test, you should start to feel anxious.... just keep taking deep breaths. Another benefit is that it will provide your muscles with sufficient oxygen, which will help prevent your legs from shaking.
8. Think positively. Believe that you are going to pass your test. Try some visualization. See yourself effortlessly completing all the parking manoeuvres flawlessly and identifying all potential hazards on the road like a pro driver. See yourself as deserving of your Driver's Licence!
9. Make sure that you use a car for the test that you are comfortable in and drive regularly. Either your instructor's car or your own car, whichever one you've used for practicing. You'll need to fee completely comfortable with the controls, the biting point of the clutch, the turning points for parking, etc.
10. Know the route that you will be driving on the road part of the test. Familiarize yourself with the area around the traffic department and better yet, ask your driving instructor to show you the test routes and point out places where you could fail the test.
11. Avoid the usual mistakes. Common driving test pitfalls include not checking mirrors sufficiently, inadequate observation when reverse parking or moving away, poor positioning at junctions and roundabouts, inappropriate speed and the biggy... rolling.
12. Be ready for anything. When learning to drive, try to drive at different times of the day, in different traffic conditions, in different weather conditions, etc.
13. Don't be afraid to ask. If, at any time during the test, 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.
14. Keep your eyes on the road. Whatever you do, don't look at the examiner whilst your driving or try to look at their notes and work out how well you're doing. Keep your eyes on the road, making full use of your mirrors and concentrate on what's going on around you. Remember, you are there to pass!
15. Don't take anything personal. Your examiner might not be the nicest person and might even be downright grumpy. Be prepared for this to happen and just keep your eyes on the goal. You are not there to make new friends... you're there to do your driving test. Don't let your feelings get the better of you, just stay focused on what you have to do.