Being an August baby meant I was the last one to turn 17 out of all of my friends, so I was almost guaranteed to be the last one to pass my driving test. All I could feel when all of my friends were passing their tests was pure jealousy. I craved the freedom that driving gave them, as they could travel anywhere they liked whenever they felt like it, however all I could do was keep asking for lifts. So, when I finally booked my test I already felt one step closer to freedom, well, until I failed my first test. But I pulled through and tried again more determined than ever, and I never knew how satisfying the sentence “I’m pleased to tell you you’ve passed” could even feel. I had finally done it – I passed!
I haven’t really seen many bloggers write about their driving test experiences, so I thought I’d share mine with you and give you some tips along the way for those of you that may have your test coming up. Since I failed my first test, I thought I’d discuss my second test where I actually passed, as of course it has a much happier ending. If you do fail on your first time, even though it does suck, don’t let it hang over you forever. The practical driving test is difficult, especially under the pressure of having someone watching your every move, you just have to keep your head up high and know you will get there eventually.
I felt much more determined to pass the second time round, 1) because I knew how it felt to fail, 2) the next available tests apparently weren’t until October and I couldn’t possibly wait that long to try again and 3) it would be another £62 down the drain. I tried to stay positive and kept telling myself that I could do it and this really helped my nerves. The ten minutes in the test centre waiting for all of the examiners to appear is probably the worst part, as I just wanted to get the test over with. Once I had met my examiner I felt reassured, as he was really friendly and made an effort to ask how I was, and this continued throughout the test with a few questions about how I was spending my summer, where I work etc, which they tend to do to break the silence and keep you at ease. The examiners are not all as scary as they may seem!
My biggest tip once your test has started is that if you make a mistake, ignore it and don’t let it stay on your mind throughout the test. Doing this will only make your nerves worse and distract you from concentrating properly on the roads, potentially leading to even more mistakes, which could result in failure if they become more serious. All you need to remember is that if you feel that you have made a mistake, stay positive, concentrate and try to correct yourself as safely as possible, as at the end of the day the examiner is looking to see if you are able to drive on the roads safely without causing danger to other road users. I was much more aware of the little mistakes I made on my test the second time round, as I had a better idea of what the examiner was actually looking for. I left my signal on for too long after exiting a roundabout, my parallel park (which may I add I had on my first AND second test) wasn’t quite up to scratch as I had to correct my positioning after starting to steer back too early and I was unduly hesitant a couple of times. But we all make mistakes, and most of these little mistakes usually only end up being minors, so try to stay positive and keep telling yourself in your head that you can do it.
The test itself flies by, you get your manoeuvre out the way, then onto the independent drive, and the next thing you know you’re turning back into the road where the test centre is. As I knew I was to be told my fate within the next ten seconds after pulling over for the last time, it’s safe to say my heart was pumping, as I honestly thought I had failed again due to being much more aware of my mistakes. So when the examiner told me I had passed, the first thing I said was ‘really?!?’ and I cannot explain to you just how much satisfaction and happiness ran through my body at that moment. I waved goodbye to my provisional licence and said hello to a lovely pass certificate and the title of a newly qualified driver. Now I am able to go out driving on my own, when and where I like. Another great thing about it is I can finally play my own choice of music in my car, as loud as I like, and this is especially fun when out driving with friends (or if you happen to enjoy singing loudly when driving alone like me). Freedom is finally mine!
Have you passed your driving test or is your test soon? If this post was enjoyable or helpful in any way then please feel free to leave a comment, I’d love to know what you think and give any further advice! Lots of love xo