Are you a new driver who’s feeling a little nervous about your upcoming G2 or G driving test? Perfectly understandable! Feeling nervous before a test is completely normal, but there is no need for your nerves to get the best of you. To help take some of the pressure off, here are some handy tips to help make sure you pass your upcoming driving test with flying colours!
Know the Rules Inside and Out
One of the most common reasons new drivers fail their driving test one or more times is simply because they forget an important rule of the road. Even the smallest mistake can spell failure when doing your test, so it’s a good idea to make sure the rules of driving are embedded in your memory. Passing laws, traffic signals, road signs, speed limits, signalling, follow distances; all of these and more need to be mastered if you plan on passing your driving test.
Practice Makes Perfect
Like any skill in life, practicing your driving skills well before you gear up to take your test is going to be a major help. The more you practice, the more confidence you will build, and the more your driving skills will become second nature to you. The best ways to practice include starting out in an empty parking lot or residential street with low traffic, asking for constructive feedback from your parents and other passengers, and taking a driving education course.
Run some Practice Tests
Before going for your official driving test, try to get a feel for what the test is going to entail by running a few practice tests. Try to drive around on the same roads your test is going to take place, typically near the testing centre you plan on using. Practice all of the test’s components including maintaining the speed limit, proper signalling, parallel parking, 2 and 3-point turns, stopping, lane changes, and proper defensive driving techniques. Try and design a routine for these practice tests and follow it each time you run the course. Doing all of this will make you a good deal more comfortable when it comes time to take the real test, seeing as you will be familiar with the roads and you will already know what to expect.
One of the most important tips we can offer! Staying calm and relaxed before and during your driving test is essential in scoring a passing grade. Being anxious and tense will only make you focus on the wrong things and increase your likelihood of making mistakes. If you do happen to make one or more mistakes, don’t worry about them; stressing over something that has already happened will only cause you to let your guard down and make room for additional mistakes. Lastly, if you fail your driving test, don’t beat yourself up about it. Many new drivers fail there driving test on the first try and sometimes even on the second and third tries.
Follow these tips and you’ll feel a whole lot better and much more confident when it comes time to get behind the wheel and take your G2 or G driving test. Best of luck!