I wanted to start a thread about my driving test and ask questions, but then I thought why not do a thread that everyone can contribute to and talk about when and how they passed their driving test to maybe give some help to those who are yet to go for their test?
I've got my driving test on the 28th June, so I've a fair few weeks to wait, nervous as hell and trying to keep myself calm. I've got a few more lessons to fit in before then, so lets hope I can get the manouevres sorted.
I've managed to get the 3 point turn more or less nailed, so just need to focus on the others.
So tell us about your driving test, how you passed...i.e...how many minors etc.
I passed mine on August 20th, 2009 (first attempt) I had 6 minors, all for daft things Two were picked up on my left reverse (one for positioning, one for control) because I had to correct it. My instructor had taken me on a mock test on the exact route I got on my real test, and I fluffed that corner by going really wide. So on my real test, I panicked and went too tight, so had to ask to correct it
Main things - keep breathing, you've done everything they will ask you to do, many many times before. They won't ask you to do anything new.
- Open a window. Even if it's pouring with rain, open your window just a crack. Two reasons; fresh air is good, it encourages you to breathe properly and I felt it kept my head clearer. Second reason is that it allows you to hear cars before you can see them, which can be really useful when doing maneuvers (sp?).
- Keep in mind that the test is really quite short. By the time you've done the sight test, and the show me/tell me, you've only got about half an hour on the road, if that. And they have to get you away from the test centre and back. So you don't have to concentrate hard for *that* long, just focus on your driving and let the examiner watch the clock
I got the Complete Theory Test book from WH Smith and was put together by the AA. I think it was £9.99 and it includes all the theory test questions, has different topics etc.
What I did was instead of marking my answer in the book, I got a notepad and actually wrote the whole answer out. I found that by doing that, I took my time and actually learnt what was in the book. There are about 900 questions, however, you'll find the majority of them are the exact same question, just asked in a different way.
I also got the Hazard Perception on CD-ROM and found that that helped me get used to that particular part of the test. I think the CD-ROM was also £9.99.
Still waiting to do my Driver's Test. I have taken it twice and failed. So I'm nervous as hell now because if I fail I had to pay for driving school! I drive fine when not being tested, but as soon as my OH leaves and is replaced with an actual driving teacher, I freak out!
There is something called Rescue Remedy Spray, which you can pick up from places like the drugstore or homeopathy stores.
It's basically a spray you put on your tongue and it's supposed to ease your anxiety, it's recommended for high pressure things like Driving Test's so I think I'll invest in that to help calm my nerves and focus my concentration.
I'm undecided if I want my driving instructor in the car with me, I'll probably panic if theres more than 1 person there, I'll feel all claustrophobic perhaps. I don't know...but then on the flip side, have someone I'm familiar with might help?
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