You may think you are driving well and ready for your test, when the instructor is:
- Telling you when to change gear.
- Asking you what the speed limit is.
- Talking you through the manoeuvres.
- Telling you which lane to be in.
- Reminding you which exit to come off of on a roundabout because you forgot.
- Helping you when you can’t work out if there is enough space for you to get your car through.
- Reminding you to check mirrors.
- Prompting you to put handbrake on/off, cancel a signal, select first gear before moving off, secure the car if you stall etc etc.
If ANY of the above apply to you, then you are not test ready!
When the door shuts and it’s just you and the examiner, the car is the loneliest place to be. If you make a mistake and your brain goes to mush it’s the worst feeling ever.
Remember, those family and friends who urge you to just have a go for the experience, aren’t the ones having to go through it. People have very selective memories when it comes to driving and tests. Ask anyone who has failed a test if it was a nice experience!
Remember it’s YOU doing the test, no one else, no phone to google answers, no help from anyone else just YOU!
If you are up to standard, you may still be nervous, but you won’t be doubting your ability.
This is a skill for life. When you are driving on your own, you are responsible for your own life, the lives of your passengers and other road users. How would you live with yourself if you were responsible for killing or seriously injuring someone just because you forgot a mirror check?
The big question is…. Would you take a Higher level exam if you hadn’t studied enough and then expect to pass.