HOW I FOUND MY DRIVING TEST! I PASSED FIRST TIME WITH FOUR MINORS.
So today on the 25th of April, I passed my driving test so I thought I would write a little post all about it! Before my driving test I had a two hour driving lesson, this was super helpful as everything was fresh in my mind however I was knackered. I get tired enough as it is so this was exhausting for me! My test was at 9.17am which was early, I thought it would be busy however the roads weren’t busy at all thankfully.
Overall I probably had about 30-35 hours of driving lessons along side driving my Mum’s car for a good 4 months, I used ‘We are marmalade‘ for Learner Driving Insurance.
Before my lesson I didn’t really have time to get nervous, I met the examiner who was lovely. After answering the show me/ tell me questions we headed off. I drove for the first 5/10 minutes with instruction then followed the sat-nav for the rest of the test, I found this super easy and preferred getting instructions from it rather than the examiner! The manoeuvre I had to do was parallel park which as soon as he said it my heart dropped because in my lesson before I had 4 attempts and kept messing it up, mainly due to tiredness and nerves. However the manoeuvre I did in one go and he was happy with! I also had to do an emergency stop which went well also.
My minors were due to lack of looking round and checking my mirrors when I pulled back out onto the road after doing the manoeuvres, this was understandable as a car was coming and although I did stop to let this car pass it clearly wasn’t enough!
Overall and in all honesty, this test isn’t bad at all. My anxiety told me differently before however the test lasted about 40 minutes and if you are good at driving in your lessons and even the slightest bit confident you’ll be absolutely fine. I know easy to say now that I have done it but seriously it is not nerve wracking if you don’t let it be.
- Check your mirrors and blindspots more than it seems, make it obvious that you are checking – I got four minors because of this even though I checked more than what I thought was enough!
- Take your time especially with the manoeuvre, there is no rush in slightest. You obviously don’t want to spend an hour driving into a parking bay but making sure you do checks and going slowly is key. If a car pulls up behind you and has stopped, carry on, you are not in their way. If a car tries to go around you then stop completely, let them move around you.
- Take your time again at junctions, I had a really tricky test route with a lot of hill starts onto busy roads. There were probably a few moments where I could have pulled out but I didn’t feel confident to, I waited and this meant I wasn’t panicked or stressed. It also minimises the risk of stalling.
- Take water and a snack to have before. Don’t obviously drink so much that you are bursting for the loo but keep hydrated and a healthy snack will keep your brain functioning for the 40 minutes.
- Breathe. This is key, obvs. But in all seriousness stay calm. It is just a test that you can re-take and practice until you pass.
I hope this helped you slightly if you are taking your test or thinking of doing so. If you have any questions please leave them below!
Thank you for reading!