License to Drive: Tips for Taking Your Driving Test

Getting your driver’s license is an important milestone for most people, but preparing yourself for the written and driving portions of the test can be nerve wracking. You may think that you know everything there is to know about driving, but you may find that you forget some of the basics when it comes time to taking the test.


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In order to ensure that you have a successful test taking experience, you need to employ the following tips.

Practice.

The best way to prepare yourself for the driving portion of the test is to practice as often as you can, and practice everything, not just driving forward. You need to practice driving in reverse, parallel parking, three-point turns, and every other driving tactic you think you may need to know. Not everyone has the exact same driving test, so if your older sibling tells you that you’ll be tested on three-point turns, you may actually be tested on parallel parking, and if you only practiced three point turns, you may be out of luck.

You should also make sure that you practice driving in every possible road and weather condition. You cannot control the weather, and if you end up having to take your test in the rain when you’ve only practiced driving in the sun, then you’ll be even extra nervous, and you could end up failing.

Study.

Along with practicing for the driving portion of the test, you’ll also want to study the rules of the road for the written portion of the test. You’ll want to make sure that you know driving laws, what different signs means, and even the recommended driving etiquette for certain conditions or events. Make sure that you take time to study about a week before so that you’re not cramming at the last minute. If you study sporadically, you’ll be able to cover more information in a less stressful way.

Get a good night’s rest.

The night before your test, you’ll want to make sure that you get plenty of sleep. Trying to take you test while tired can put you in the wrong frame of mind, which could make you less ready to take your test. Plus, if you’re drowsy, it puts you and your test instructor at risk, and you don’t want to fail your driving test because you fell asleep at the wheel.

Eat something.

Having a well-balanced meal will ensure that you’re energized and ready for your test. Plus, it ensures that you will not be hungry while taking the test, which could pose as a huge distraction to you while test taking.

Take your time.

While there is a time limit for you to take the test, you do not need to rush through it. There is no award for finishing before anyone else. If you take your time, you’ll be able to calm your nerves and you’ll be able to focus on every question so that you understand it.

You should also take your time during your driving test. Make sure that you check your mirrors and adjust your seat when you get in. You should also put on your seatbelt and listen for the instructor to give you directions. Make sure that you breathe to keep your nerves at bay, and take your time to ensure that you do everything properly. Your score is not going to be any higher if you complete the driving test quickly.

Caroline Jones works for Nissan auto in the sales department.  She enjoys writing about vehicles and anything related to cars and driving in her spare time.

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