Sitting your practical driving test can seem like a daunting task. It feels like the weight of the world is on your shoulders. You’ve spent lots of hours getting ready, so you don’t want to fail. Well, here’s some advice to help you prepare for that big day:
Practice Makes Perfect
We’ve always been told that practice makes perfect, and it’s true with driving! The more time you spend in a car, the better you will get at driving. Make sure you’ve had enough lessons to the point where you’re confident in your abilities. Also, you should sit practice tests with your driving instructor. They can re-create the test environment and give you a mock exam. By sitting mocks, you’ll be a lot more prepared for the actual test. Try and do as many mocks as possible, until you pass them all with very few minors. This will put you in a great position when you go for the proper test.
Know Your Vehicle
I must stress it’s important you know the vehicle that you’re going to drive in. If you’ve been having lessons in one car, then take the test in that car. Don’t randomly change and decide to sit it in your, or your parents, car! A driving test can go a lot better if you know your vehicle and have experience driving it. Some cars feel different to drive than others, so don’t make a last minute decision to change the car.
Get Some Sleep
You need to get a good night’s sleep the day before your test. If you’ve slept well you’ll be much better positioned to sit it, compared to if you had one hours sleep. Plus, sleep will recharge your batteries and get you more focussed. If you’re groggy and drowsy, then you won’t be able to sit the test to the best of your abilities. Whereas, if you’re wide awake, you’ll be a lot more alert. So, turn off that phone and get an early night!
Try And Relax
It’s common for people to feel really nervous before their practical driving test. This is understandable as it’s a test! People tend to feel nervous about any test. Just try and stay calm and relaxed. Tell yourself that you’re prepared for this. You passed your driving theory, you’ve had lots of lessons, you are ready. When I was nervous for my test I thought about all the people I knew that passed their tests. No doubt you know a few people and think ‘how on earth did they pass their test?!’ Well, if they can do it, then so can you. Take deep, controlled, breaths as you prepare to sit the exam. If you’re relaxed, then you’ll feel a lot more confident.
Remember, it’s not the end of the world if you fail. People fail their driving tests every single day. You don’t have to pass first time, you can sit it a second, third or fourth time if you want. So long as you pass eventually, that’s all that matters. Passing second time round doesn’t make you a bad driver at all!
Shouts out to Sam Gatt for contributing this great article. Sam is a big petrol head and loves everything about cars!