5 Trusted Driving Test Tips: How to Pass the First Time

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Getting your driver’s license is an exciting venture and life changing experience, but it is also a big responsibility. Taking the driving test can be a little nerve wracking, but there are ways you can prepare that will help ensure that you pass that test, with flying colors, on the very first try.

So before you head out to take that important driving test, learn a little about some tips and methods you can apply to your situation to help guarantee a passing grade on your road test.

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The road test is over

Practice these 5 driving test tips to improve your behind-the-wheel skills and pass your road test the first time

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    Practice for Passing

    As with any task, the more you do it, the more comfortable you can get and the better you will be with the task. So, make sure you are practicing your driving and taking practice tests. There are different options for doing this. One option is to use that learner’s permit.

    While driving around with whoever is your driving partner to help you during your learning phase (a friend, colleague or your driving instructor), have them grade you. Let them know this is a good time to be brutally honest. Ask them to note down every incorrect lane change, every turn signal you failed to indicate, every blind spot check you didn’t perform, etc. You can even have them set up an obstacle course in an empty lot or pre-approved area. Then, take the feedback and constructive criticism as helpful not insulting.

    You can also employ driving training and practice test companies to help you. While it may cost you a little bit of money, it can be worth the training, knowledge and actual road experience you gain, not to mention that these are often taught by those who are aware of what the actual driving test will be like. This prepares you better, plus gives you a feel for what to expect the day of the road test. Consider this expense an investment into your driving success.

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    Study the Rules

    The only thing possibly as important as actual road time is understanding the rules and laws of the roads. Just because you aced the written part of the permit test that dealt with these same details doesn’t mean you have everything memorized well enough to also breeze through the driving test. Besides, you could also freeze up and forget all those guidelines you read before.

    So, the more comfortable you are with being certain you know the rules of the road, the more likely you are to recall the rules while behind the wheel. It also means these rules will begin to become second nature and you, eventually, won’t even have to think about the laws. You will gain much more confidence as well, if you have the rules committed to memory, and being confident will help you do better at, if not ace, that road test. All of these traits combined are a sure fire way to get through that driving test a success, on your very first try.

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    Try Not To Be Nervous

    No matter how good you are at something, if the nerves kick in, you can seem to forget everything you know. It’s like someone who can sing getting stage fright and freezing up. Even experts can be the victim of a bad case of nerves and lose their courage or their skills and ability. So, set yourself up to be less nervous about the test, and you are more likely to get through it without a hitch.

    One trick that can help you not be nervous during your actual driving test is to envision you are with someone less ‘intimidating’ than the examiner who is administering the test. It can be easy to suddenly feel like nothing more than a bundle of nerves when under the close supervision of an authority figure. It doesn’t help when one is giving you a test that can be equally nerve wracking. So, pretend you are actually just in the car with your dear, sweet grandmother who would have nothing but praise for you or imagine cheering friends at the back seat!

    driving with your granny
    Envision you are driving with your granny

    Keep in mind, no matter how foreboding that officer of the law may look in his or her uniform, there is a good chance he or she is someone’s dotting mother or comical father when off duty. Tap into seeing your driving partner in this way and you just may be able to believe it. Just don’t get too friendly and always keep an eye on the speed limit!

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    Prepare Yourself to Pass

    So, the night before the test do a little review and maybe even a practice driving run. Then, be easy on yourself and set yourself up for success. Make sure you eat well and go to bed at a decent hour so you can get a good night’s sleep. This carries over into the next morning and day.

    Eat a hearty breakfast and try to take a stroll or do some light exercise. This will get your brain alert and ready to conquer the driving test. If your road test isn’t first thing in the morning, just keep being good to yourself. Practice, study and, if need be, just do something to get your mind off of it completely. While you may not want to avoid thinking of it totally, you also should not obsess over it to the point that you mentally stress yourself out.

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    Seek Advice and Tips from Others

    Ask anyone and everyone for advice and tips for the road test and driving in general. Maybe you know someone who recently took the test. If so, pick his or her brain about what to expect and what to watch for, especially if that person can remember of any parts of the test that could be tricky or extra hard to do. See this article that looks into every single detail of the road test: ‘Road Test Tips: Your Ultimate Guide To Passing Your Driving Test’.

    In fact, if you know of a friend or family member who is taking the test before you are, make it a point to go with them (maybe even ask for permission to actually sit in the vehicle, if allowed by your state’s DMV or testing center). You may be able to watch them take the test and hear a detailed account of what the driving part of the test involved. Besides, your friend could probably use your support just as you will his or hers the day of your test.

Above all else, embrace that confidence and envision yourself passing that test.

Stay positive

If you have followed these driving test tips, you are sure to be able to pass that DMV exam the first time.

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