Taking Your Driver’s Test

Katie Wight, Staff Writer

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Did you know that more than 50% of people fail their first driving test? It’s true, and it’s okay to fail. Just because you failed doesn’t mean you’re a bad driver, it might just mean that you need more practice. For a lot of people, taking the road test is one of the most nerve-racking things they’ve ever done. But it can also be one of the most exciting. If you’re worried on passing your driver’s test for the first time, here are some tips:

  • Go back and read through your driver’s manual. Take some time and revisit the rules of the road. Even if you feel like you remember everything, it’s always a good idea to refresh your brain.
  • Go into your exam hydrated, and well fed. Being behind the wheel while dehydrated and/or very hungry, can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea and anger, which could very well impact how well you do on your exam.
  • Try to get as much sleep as possible. While it may be hard to fall asleep because you’re nervous, getting a good night’s sleep will be significantly more beneficial than barely any sleep.
  • Keep your head in a swivel. While taking your test, always look around. This lets the instructor know that you are being cautious and attentive which is vital when you’re driving.
  • Practice parking right before your test. In my case, I took my test in an SUV which made backing into the parking spot they used for the test very difficult. It’s good to practice that so you don’t feel as nervous during the test.
  • Take your time. There is no rush to finish your test and the instructor most likely won’t say anything about your speed unless its 5 MPH or above the speed limit. You should go a speed that feels comfortable for you and quickly able to stop at in case something goes wrong.
  • Be polite and smile. Even if your instructor is a grumpy old man, be your best self. It’s just like a job interview, most places are more likely to hire the person that smiles and makes small talk instead of the person that sulks and looks angry.

So when your test is coming up, remember these tips and you should be all good. And if you fail, you fail. There is no penalty or shame in failing, it happens to a lot of people every day. Just remember to take deep breaths, stay calm and try to have fun.

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Taking Your Driver’s Test