I did it, I passed my driving test!
My driving test was on Monday and it’s just sinking in now that I no longer need my L Plates. Turns out I grew very fond of them as they became part of my routine when heading out and about in my car. I’d unlock the car, grab the plates then plonk them on the front and back, before jumping in then driving off.
This was the first time I have ever taken the test, with only 3 minors. Honestly, I didn’t think I could do it, but I am so happy to have gone through with the test and came out with a positive result. I first began to drive back in May, that was when I had my first ever driving lesson. I even wrote a blog post about it! So I could reminisce on how I was feeling then to how my feelings are now looking back at it all.
When it comes to booking a test, it might be good to do it a few months in advance. My test was one of the earliest ones available. There was plenty of time to prepare. I wasn’t too nervous in the run up to test day, but my stomach definitely felt queasy on the morning. The nerves definitely hit in the waiting room, as I was waiting for the examiner to come out of the back room. But the examiner was this very friendly lady, who was wonderful. We had a great conversation on the test and she made me feel so relaxed, which helped a lot.
I have a few helpful tips I’ve picked up along the way that might help you in the run up to your driving test…
1. Don’t Tell People About Your Driving Test
I chose not to tell anyone about my driving test as I didn’t want the pressure of people knowing. The only person who knew about the test was my mum. She offered great support on the morning. If you pass then you can share the wonderful news with everyone after the test. But if you don’t then you won’t have to worry about them asking you about your outcome or how you got on. It is entirely up to you, on whether or not you choose to share what day your test is on or even if you have booked it.
2. Practise The Test Routes
This is something that I recommend you become really familiar with. Your driving test will be based around roads in the area and there will be some routes used more often in those tests than others. It is always best to practise on those roads, so you find out which sections have sharp corners or which lane is best to go into. This can be particularly useful when coming up to larger roundabouts which has got a lot of lanes leading up to it.
3. Get As Much Practise As You Can
I was very lucky to get a car, which meant I could take time to really get comfortable on the roads. At first I was awful at driving in my own car, I was stalling so often and getting into third gear seemed almost impossible! But over time I improved and my confidence grew, so I could travel further and further each time. Getting a really cheap vehicle or getting yourself insured on a family or friends car, is a great option in order to gain more experience and get used to different vehicles. It also means you become better at independent driving as you become familiar with roads which works perfectly for that part of your test.
4. Research The ‘Show Me Tell Me’ Questions
This is one thing you cannot avoid as you will be asked these on your test.
If you are taking your driving test after December 4th that means you will need to answer the new test questions.
If you don’t get these answers correct then you don’t need to worry too much. The worst that is going to happen is you getting marked down with a minor. Out of a possible 15 minors this isn’t too bad. Learning this questions will also help learning how to use a car and important functions which is worth knowing. You can find a link to the ‘Show Me Tell Me’ questions > here <
5. Don’t Pay Attention To The Examiner Clipboard
I always thought that I would find it really distracting having the examiner next to me, writing notes down on the piece of paper for every mistake that I made. I’m quite the curious type so I thought I would be wondering what the examiner would be writing down. But it didn’t really bother me too much, I had a great time chatting away to the examiner as well as the important one, focusing on the road!
6. Don’t Drive Any Different To How You Normally Would
On test day you need to drive how you normally would on any other day. Try not to over think anything and react to different situations in the same way as you normally would. The test would only be booked if you were capable of passing. Don’t try learning any new techniques in the week before, or on the morning on your driving test. Go with the tried and tested method as this is would already be working well for you. The last thing you would want is to remember a new method of doing things on top of nerves you might already have.
7. Watch YouTube Videos
Being shown how to do things such as watching videos really does help for me. So in the run up to the exam, I turned to YouTube as my savour. There are so many amazing resources online including really informative tutorials. One of my favourite channels to watch was ‘World Driving‘. The videos on there are so informative and helped me on areas that I needed a bit more practise with.
Other videos that I recommend are ones that cover test routes in your area. There are plenty of resources showing you people taking their driving exam or mock exam on tests routes across the country. Some talk you through sections where they failed or what parts they did really well. So this is something that is worth a watch.
These have been a few tips that might be worth remembering. I’t’s such a wonderful feeling to have passed the driving test. Remember to keep on going if you don’t pass first time, just rebook your test and improve from the last time!
Let me know if you have your driving test coming up, or you have already taken it. I would love to hear about your experiences!