The big day is fast approaching, and you’re determined to pass your practical driving test with flying colors. Along with honing your driving skills, here are 8 quick tips to help you do exactly that.
Don’t rush the process
According to research conducted by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), it is estimated that it takes the average person 45 hours’ worth of lessons combined with a minimum of 22 hours of practice to learn how to drive after successfully passing the theory driving test. So, don’t rush the process. The longer you practice, the higher your confidence will be, and the greater your chances of passing first time.
Arrive on time
You don’t want to be stressing about being late to your test as this will already put you in panic-mode and set you up for failure. Strive to arrive at least a half an hour beforehand.
Find a way to cope with the nerves
If you know that your feelings of nervousness are going to distract you and make it challenging to remain focused, take action to ensure that you’re better equipped to manage them. Consider signing up to take yoga and meditation classes, or speak to a life coach for advice in terms of fostering positive thinking.
Drive in varying conditions
If you’re only used to driving on warm, sunny days when there is minimal traffic, you’re going to feel overwhelmed if there is heavy traffic or an unexpected downpour on the day of your test. Drive in all sorts of conditions so that you’re mentally prepared to adapt if necessary.
Prepare well the night and morning before
Ensure that you get at least seven to eight hours of sleep the night before the big day so that you’re well-rested and able to concentrate on the task at hand. Also, be sure to eat a healthy, filling breakfast for plenty of energy and brain food.
Have a lesson on the day of your test
Going over everything that you’re going to do during your driving test just before you take it can go a long way towards calming your nerves and boosting your confidence. It will also give you the chance to ask your instructor any last-minute questions.
Speak to other learner drivers
Once you arrive at your testing station, strike up a conversation with the other learner drivers who are waiting to take their test. It can help to know that you’re not alone and will also assist in taking your mind off of your nerves.
Don’t anticipate a fail
Try not to panic if you make a mistake. Most errors don’t automatically equal an immediate fail. Do your best to retain your focus and continue enforcing everything that you’ve learned. There’s still a decent chance that you’ll pass. If you give up the moment you make a mistake, a fail is guaranteed.
Most importantly, keep at it. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Your license will be in your hands before you know it.
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