Whether its 1-2 weeks before the driving test or just hours before, driving test nerves will always come in to play. Some people crumble while others are much stronger. There’s a lot you can do to train yourself mentally and physically for your driving test which we’ll explore below.
To make the process simpler, let’s break it down to the before and after stages of your driving test :
Before the test
Make sure you’ve had enough lessons: If you’ve only had a couple of lessons with a teacher, you’re unlikely to be able to attempt the impossible. Work out as much as possible on the road and behind the wheel, be it with your coach or with a fully qualified driver.
Get a good night’s sleep the night before your driving test: It’s important to have a good rest before you take your test. It has been scientifically proven that those who get a good night’s sleep respond in the reaction tests much better. Your driving test is a reaction test so the night before you should avoid some caffeine or alcohol, as they might disrupt your sleep cycle.
Figure your examiner: Look at the beginning of your examiner, and think to yourself, “What does this person want from me?”The following information about them should be quickly collected: 35 years old (usually) Very friendly and welcoming (usually) Possibly not a thrill-seeker.
With this quick analysis in mind, you should want to offer a smooth and considerate drive to your examiners.
Check your car beforehand: If you are expected to drive the test car for your or your colleagues, make sure that it is in working order. Go online and check your state or province’s vehicle specifications and do a thorough check! For starters, to take the road test, you’ll need a vehicle with functioning headlights, windshield wipers, and a decluttered area around the seat belt.
Enjoy the test, try taking advantage of the exam. Don’t be afraid, just think of yourself “my goal today is to give this guy the best drive of his life (examiner).
Be confident. You have practiced driving and you know the driving rules. You have got this.
When you go to the driving test location, remember to the right ID and documentation. You’ll need to bring two pieces of ID: one primary, one secondary. You will also need to bring fee for your road test and valid insurance and registration documents for the vehicle. Check the ICBC website for details about accepted identification.
During the test
Do not forget the basics: judge traffic, take good lane discipline and keep your distance from the vehicles in front of you. Sometimes too much attention to detail like mirrors or remembering to pull up the handbrake when you’re braking can get you away, meaning you’re failing or doing the obvious late-the three points above.
Ask yourself, “What’s the examiner going to prefer, checking the mirrors every 4-5 seconds or slamming into a car at a roundabout?”
Stay calm and rest assured: One of the most valuable things I learned in driver’s ed was that it’s NOT good to be timid during your road test. With almost all other test forms it is appreciated to take your time and double-check. Do not seek undue caution from your driving examiner. Behind the wheel, they measure your trust. Watching the examiner write something can be frustrating but keep your calm.
Should you be uncertain, ask question: The instructor will send you directions throughout the examination and, hopefully, they will be consistent about what they want you to do. It is important to ask for clarification in the event they are not so obvious. If they ask you to “go ahead” turn left, but you’re not exactly sure which street they say, it’s more than OK to ask.
Asking questions is not an indication that you are an inexperienced participant, it is a warning to the interviewer that they need to be more specific about what they want you to be doing. If you have unrelated questions to the examiner’s directions, you should have enough time to do so before your test. It may be stressful but making sure that you and the inspector are on the same page is an important step towards receiving your license.
Hold traffic signs in mind: Your driving instructor may or may not send you clues about potential speed-limit increases, yields or mergers. This person isn’t there to trick you— they won’t ask you to make a left-turn on a one-way going right— but they will be watching for whether you adhere to traffic signs. One of the most evident is speed and steering control. We need to show we mastered the ability to control the speed of our car. You’ll be required to travel through several different speed zones during your Road Test.
Once the test is done, celebrate! Regardless of the outcome, at least you tried and you could always have another go at it.