The big day has finally arrived and, although you’re eager to get behind the wheel, you’re worried about your nerves getting the better of you. What can you do to give yourself the best chance of finally getting your driving licence?
1. Drive with the examiner like you do with your instructor
This might be easier said than done, but many pupils suddenly become overcautious and hesitant just because test day. If your instructor says you are at test standard, then you need to have faith in yourself and believe that you are. Don’t try a different style of driving on the big day.
2. Ask a parent or trusted family member to join you on a lesson before your test
This will create the kind of pressure you will be under on test day and acclimatise you to the level of stress you can expect. Better still, get someone to sit in with you a few days before your test for some extra practice.
3. ANTICIPATE ANTICIPATE ANTICIPATE
With the experience gained in your driving lessons, your anticipation of hazards will have improved dramatically since your first day behind the wheel. Look well ahead and ask yourself WHAT IF? What if that child steps onto the road? What if that car does pull out? Anticipation is your most powerful weapon.
4. Keep busy
Keep your eyes busy. Look far ahead and check those mirrors regularly (say, every 6-8 seconds). Know what’s going on around you so you don’t get any surprises.
5. Make sure you understand the examiner’s instructions
If not, then ask them to repeat the instruction. They don’t want you to get lost — it means they won’t have time for a cup of tea between tests!
And GOOD LUCK!