Learning to drive and taking a driving test can be one of the most stressful and scary experiences of your life. It wouldn’t be normal if you didn’t experience some nerves but here are some things you can do before your test to ensure that you’re as prepared as you possibly can be.
Start working before you get behind the wheel
There are lots of guides out there that can help you before you even start learning to drive. Start with learning the Highway Code. Remember that none of this studying will go to waste. You’ll have a theory test before you take you practical test so it’s all good knowledge to have.
Be patient while learning to drive
Of course, it’s natural to want to pass your driving test very quickly so that you can get out on the roads by yourself. But Rome wasn’t built in a day and you’ll need to have a good number of lessons before you can even think about taking your test. Remember that you can’t take your driving test until your Instructor thinks you’re ready anyway and failing tests when you haven’t got the experience not only hurts your bank balance, it can dent your confidence too.
Practice, Practice, Practice!
Get as much practice in as you can – on different road surfaces, different weather conditions and different times of the day. The more experience you have, the better, especially for when you get on to the roads for yourself. Plus, you never know how things will turn out on the day of your test. You don’t want an unknown road or a sudden downpour to phase you – you’ll be stressed enough as it is!
Learning to drive – Don’t give up!
If you think that you’re going to come away from every lesson having enjoyed yourself and feeling great about driving, then you’re probably going to be disappointed. Learning to drive is a skill like any other – it takes time and patience so you’re bound to have good lessons as well as bad. You’ll have lessons where it just isn’t quite working for you, but don’t be disheartened – it happens to everyone! The most important thing is to persevere – all the hours that you put in will add up to good experience, so don’t give up!
- Anna Vaccaro