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I know everyone has different ways of doing things so I'm happy to listen to you all! I've done about 20 hours of lessons over the last six years and finally decided to take the plunge and book my tes… Read More
gileswendes@hotm Avatar
8y, 3m agoPosted 8 years, 3 months ago
I know everyone has different ways of doing things so I'm happy to listen to you all! I've done about 20 hours of lessons over the last six years and finally decided to take the plunge and book my test so I have something to aim for.

I went out on a two hour lesson last night and felt like I completely screwed up a great deal of it - things I know are simple were destroyed by an insane and irrational fear of being assessed... gah!

So. I have one month to go from nervous wreck to passing the test on the 6th April.

Advice and tips welcomed.

My confidence on the road, signals, mirrors, positioning is all fine... I don't mind driving faster and on bigger roads... I really, really hate parking!
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8y, 3m agoPosted 8 years, 3 months ago
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1 Like #1
Maybe avoid the handbrake turns and wheelspinning away from the lights for the test period :whistling:

Seriously though, get the person who is accompanying you to assess you from now on. No chatting just telling you to stop,park, turn left etc. It'll get you used to being in that situation.

Good luck :thumbsup:
1 Like #2
just take your time, no better advice. listen to your instructor on how to do things and just take it slow.
#3
big-boy
Maybe avoid the handbrake turns and wheelspinning away from the lights for the test period :whistling:

Seriously though, get the person who is accompanying you to assess you from now on. No chatting just telling you to stop,park, turn left etc. It'll get you used to being in that situation.

Good luck :thumbsup:


I like that idea in theory. He's quite strict anyway and lets me know what would fail.

I think all instructors have little things they do to amuse themselves - difficult corners and things - I seem to deal with that sort of thing fine and I think it upsets him a little! Parallel parking is horrible - I think most of it is getting used to the car. I'm used to a motorbike - they're much easier to park! :)
#4
addyliver
just take your time, no better advice. listen to your instructor on how to do things and just take it slow.


I think that's true. Very difficult in reality with my heart going crazy...

I know it's simple, I can do these things when I'm practising with folks or friends... Can't the test be done with remote cameras or something?
#5
We all got nervous just like you but it's amazing how calm you feel on the day.

Good luck, remember you MSM and take things slowly.....saying positive stuff in your head (car=more girls lol) x
#6
@ big-boy - LOL at your ava - I'd rep you again if I could :)
#7
choc1969
We all got nervous just like you but it's amazing how calm you feel on the day.

Good luck, remember you MSM and take things slowly.....saying positive stuff in your head (car=more girls lol) x


I have all the girls I need :whistling:

Thing is, I really don't like cars very much. Don't think it suits me.

What I really want is a big, fat, noisy and dangerous motorcycle. That's the way to get from A to B - assuming you'll never make it!

I hope that's true, I think it'll be a breeze if I can relax. Has this been anyone else's experience?
#8
Do people agree that one has to be lucky aswell when it comes to practical tests ?

I failed my first test for being slow when meeting traffic etc ... being hesitant ...
A friend failed for not being slow when meeting traffic ....
From this i concluded that it depends on your examiner and his style ...
#9
tushar
Do people agree that one has to be lucky aswell when it comes to practical tests ?

I failed my first test for being slow when meeting traffic etc ... being hesitant ...
A friend failed for not being slow when meeting traffic ....
From this i concluded that it depends on your examiner and his style ...


I think there's a certain amount of luck. I know people that have passed with what are, strictly speaking, major faults... I think if you demonstrate good general driving you'll pass... I hope...
#10
I think it defiantely depends on your examiner on the day.

Try and relax even though It's something I am totally dreading too so I know the feeling. Eat a few bananas about half an hour before your test....they calm nerves so I have been told.

Good luck :thumbsup:
#11
i honestly think it depends on the mood of the examiner!
i passed on my 4th attempt
i had failed on my 2nd test because my speed droped to 26 on a 30 road on approaching a speed camera i repeated this on my
4th attempt and passed!!
for my nerves i went on a powerwalk wich my instructor advised a hour before my test - it worked for me
goodluck :thumbsup:
#13
i think it depends on the examiner aswel, on my first test i was so worried about reversing round a corner i cudnt do it properly the night b4 but on my test i did it perfectly, i had the examiner in the front (women) my driving instructor sat behind me and an examiner sat behind the examiner examining them lol so felt under alot of pressure, in the end i failed over something stupid, we went past one of them things that flash up the speed and i was always checking my speed and at the end of the test she said i failed as i was doing 35mph , which i know was rubbish i think she was being picky, the 2nd test i had was with a fella who was much nicer and i thought id failed as he asked me to pull in and i pulled in right infront as a cyclist was comming but he never mentioned it lol, good luck with your test im sure you will pass !!!
#14
Good luck on the run up to your test.

I made some minor mistakes on my 2nd test - but still passed. I turned left when I was asked to turn right but that then lead me to more difficult driving conditions, so I believe I could show I was a competent driver still. Also I stalled the car, but I remained calm and just followed procedure and all came well.

You've got a month to practise your parralel parking - you've already said you are confident with the rest - so I reckon you'll do just fine!
#15
just remember that it is safety first, they are not looking for the complete driver, they are looking for someone safe who is willing to listen and improve.

if you stall, apply the hand brake
MIRROR first, ALWAYS.
SPEED, always make sure you dont creep over the limit.

good luck anyway.
#16
You must be confident, not cocky.

You must over exaggerate looking in your mirrors - all the time.

Plenty of practice with reversing around a corner and parking before the test.

Look smart for your test, dont dress like a ned / chav.

Listen carefully to what the examiner says.

Just drive safe, take no chances but do not hesitate.

Don't sit at lights in gear, always use the handbreak.

Confidence, confidence, confidence - and good luck!
#17
i was rubbish at parking-so had a routine when doing it-like MSM,but always did it the same-reservse til a certain point on the car, turn wheel one turn...even had a sticker on the rear passenger wheel arch to let me know when to turn some more!Lol!
agree with other comments that it down to luck also...my test lady shouted-yes, shouted at me for being too hesitant at roundabouts (where some "tards dont signal theyre leaving said roundabouts) and then resorted to telling me id fail if i didnt "bomb on" (her words)....ive since been told this was highly unprossional of her-but i didnt care!lol!
#18
Its not as bad as you think, and the nerves go (in my experience) within the first few minutes.

Practice leaving the test centre as this is when you are most nervous, so if you know it well then you will just do it automatically

A lot of it does depend on the examiner at the time

If you do something wrong, dont assume you have failed, just forget it and carry on.

Look in mirrors as much as is humanly possible, keep your head on a swivel.

If they ask you to pull over, put the handbrake on and take it out of gear. When they say move on again, make sure you check your blind spot (this is why they ask you to pull over, its to try and catch you out)

Dont worry if you have to ask them to repeat something, and if you are not sure which turning it is or something, dont be afraid to check

Signal even if its a right turn only lane or something, because it lets pedestrians know what you are doing as well as other cars.

Good luck with your test - I passed last monday
#19
Firstly, good luck with your test, I know how nerve racking it can be, but I'm sure you'll be fine. A lot of what the above posters say is true about the examiner. Fortunately, I passed first time, but my examiner was a little scary. He was very quiet and just barked orders throughout the test. When he told me I'd passed, I said "Yayy!!" and he looked at me like I was quite mad.
Take heart, my ex's friend took 3 attempts.... the first time, he ran over a cat. The second time, he MSM, watching all about for animals and pedestrians, pulled out, drove slowly down the hill to the traffic lights, stopped, put the handbrake on and then got told he had failed as he hadn't actually started the engine!! God knows how he passed the 3rd time, but his parents bought him a brand new car, which he went out in, and then filled it up with diesel, even though it was a petrol car.
If you still wanna drive, knowing he's on the road, then good luck. Breathe deeply before parking, and keep in your head which way to turn the wheel!!
PS: If you think you've mucked up, don't worry and give up. Try to remedy it. Another friend of mine really messed up her reversing round the corner. She took a deep breath, pulled out, and did it again. Because she pulled out and did it again, the examiner was impressed that she didnt go to pieces or panic and she passed!!
#20
chryssie

Take heart, my ex's friend took 3 attempts.... the first time, he ran over a cat. The second time, he MSM, watching all about for animals and pedestrians, pulled out, drove slowly down the hill to the traffic lights, stopped, put the handbrake on and then got told he had failed as he hadn't actually started the engine!! God knows how he passed the 3rd time, but his parents bought him a brand new car, which he went out in, and then filled it up with diesel, even though it was a petrol car.



Really ROFLing here... awesome!
banned#21
tushar
Do people agree that one has to be lucky aswell when it comes to practical tests ?

I failed my first test for being slow when meeting traffic etc ... being hesitant ...
A friend failed for not being slow when meeting traffic ....
From this i concluded that it depends on your examiner and his style ...


yes, I failed for not overtaking a lorry who was doing 55 mph in driving rain on a dual carriageway, the dual carriageway was literally 500 meters long so didn't see the point. Got a major for it though.
#22
Thanks for all the advice and tips. I don't think I made it clear exactly how much I'm dreading this - other people 'will be fine' but I'll completely mess it up - regardless of how perfectly I can actually drive in real life...

I ride a motorcycle but have been on a CBT certificate for nearly 5 years. I have a deep-seated irrational fear of failing it - so I never do. Oh well, it's booked now. The more I read about the test and faults the more I realise it'll only take a couple of nervous mistakes and I'll fail.

How does anyone take this test - it's only peer pressure that's convinced me it's even a useful or positive thing!

:crying:

Couldn't sleep well last night and I've got over four weeks to go... Is this self-harm?
#23
if you are determind to pass you will no matter how many attempts you make,
i know its expensive but worth every pound id be lost without my wheels now, i love driving.
think positiveand keep trying
remember very few pass 1st time only the lucky ones - which dont include me!
keep us in touch of how you do
#24
ifyoudontask?
You must over exaggerate looking in your mirrors - all the time.


Very important that one. Examiners cant see your eyes so if you don't twitch your head they think you aren't looking:thumbsup:
#25
Yes, it does seem to depend almost entirely on 'who you get'. My son's G/F was a complete mess with nerves, to the extent of making lots of errors ( didn't kill any cats or anything like that) when driving the course on her last lessons before the test.
It was obvious that she was going to fail so we said to treat it like a practise and then pass the next time!! So she was a nervous wreck and she failed but was really cross about it - not signally quickly enough when going to reverse or some such. It cured her nerves and she was very confident for the next one but failed again and her instructor was cross that time as well and didn;t think it was fair( not waiting longer at a mini-roundabout - what are they about??) and she passed on her third go.
So - if you know that your nerves are going to be awful, look on it as a practise.
banned#26
Shengis
Very important that one. Examiners cant see your eyes so if you don't twitch your head they think you aren't looking:thumbsup:


Madness, but very true!

I'd hate to have to go through the written test now - I'm sure i'd fail it. Fortunately i passed first time (I wasn't good enough really - just a bit lucky), after about 3 months and 15 lessons.
#27
My dad took 6 attempts to pass, on one of those tests he went 40MPH across an unmarked cross roads, and the examiner took him back that way (give him a second chance maybe?) and he did the exact same thing!

That one was obviously a fail, but the test centre he took his test at was investigated not long after he passed, after an examiner dropped his papers as he was getting in to the car and the driver helped to pick them up and saw that he had failed her - before they even got in the car! Apparently it happened quite a lot and the test centre was shut down not long afterwards!
#28
I have to admit it's hard to give advice because I know I couldn't follow my own advice!

Most people are nervous sitting their test which is entirely understandable, trying your best to relax and think clearly will definitely help even if you can't get rid of your nerves completely. Particularly don't panic if you make a mistake, carefully think what you need to do and then take action as that way you can avoid turning a minor mistake into a major one. Stalling is a common error and it's just a minor one but you need to demonstrate that you can reoover safely obviously making sure you get the handbrake on, into neutral, restart engine etc.

Try not to place too much emphasis on the test as some unexpected event may happen and your reaction is not what the examiner wanted to see which means a fail - just get back onto the dvla site, rebook your test and try not to dwell on the error aside from ensuring you know where you went wrong.

I recently sat my motorbike direct access test (I passed my car test way back in 1997) which I booked five times, two fails, two cancelled and one pass (thankfully!) Both fails were on U-turns which I find horrible, I used to be able to do them fine but became progressively worse as the more you think about them, the more likely you are to make an error. After I failed the second time I was particualrly frustrating with myself as that was my last chance to sit the test at that centre, the next one would have to be at the new centre with new routes and some particularly tricky spots. However what's done is done, just had to forget about it and move on with the next.

I do think the examiner makes a lot of difference, although I passed my car test on the first go my examiner for that test make an obvious effort to try and make me relax when sitting at a red light. For the first two bike tests the examiner was just like a machine, he said almost exactly the same phrases and all in the same tones with unconvincing comments 'how are you doing?' etc. just as part of his routine. The second examiner was up from Glasgow and not known that well however I found him much better, he immediately attempted to put me at ease joking about his limited choice to read a number plate from (his was the only car there) and then asking me to identify my bike when it was the only learner bike there. That helped my mood a lot so when it came do the U-turn I just decided not to think about it all and just gave it a boatload of throttle which took the bike round correctly.

John
#29
Oh, almost forgot, wear a short skirt! almost always works i've heard!
#30
oh something else that may help, book the first test of the day, 0800am that way it will be in rush hour traffic, you may end up getting caught up in it, they cant fail you for failing to put you through all the manouvres so you may end up just sitting there in a queue of traffic your entire test. not ideal but a pass is a pass
banned#31
brum
oh something else that may help, book the first test of the day, 0800am that way it will be in rush hour traffic, you may end up getting caught up in it, they cant fail you for failing to put you through all the manouvres so you may end up just sitting there in a queue of traffic your entire test. not ideal but a pass is a pass


I got a major for sticking my nose out and pushing into traffic first turning out of the test centre in rush hour traffic, so doesn't work all the time :-D
#32
brum
oh something else that may help, book the first test of the day, 0800am that way it will be in rush hour traffic, you may end up getting caught up in it, they cant fail you for failing to put you through all the manouvres so you may end up just sitting there in a queue of traffic your entire test. not ideal but a pass is a pass


That's a double edged sword though as many learner will be uncomfortable in the heavy traffic and it's easy to react the wrong way to a bus pulling out or traffic splitting/joining and get a more severe markdown.

John
#33
Bit of an update for anyone that might find this thread - I PASSED! 3 minors! :)
#34
[email protected]
Bit of an update for anyone that might find this thread - I PASSED! 3 minors! :)


:? how the hell did that happen???


Only joking - congratulations and well done you x
#35
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Bit of an update for anyone that might find this thread - I PASSED! 3 minors! :)


Just in time to take advantage of the rise in fuel prices.......
No seriously. Take it easy and enjoy your independence
#36
Make sure you do your mirrors and stuff properly before you pull away.

I got a couple of minors for not checking over my right shoulder before pulling away. I also was unlucky enough to get a reverse around a corner for my manoeuvre just as kids left school, ended up sitting for a few minutes until they had cleared and wouldn't let myself be rushed as a kid could cross behind and fail me.
#37
Thanks everyone :) Going to book my motorcycle theory now!

We have a silly little yellow Fiat and I'm helping my g/f to learn
#38
i was a pretty competent learner and passed first time, not that it means anything but when it came to doing the test I was a wreck. my clutch control was pretty non existent and my leg would not stop shaking.
I didnt complete the whole of the test due to being stuck behind a tractor in some lanes so the examiner took my back a different route and i finished earlier. As i said i passed with 3 minors, but what I am trying to get at is you can be confident as anything whilst learning but when it comes to the test I was a wreck. Some people deal with it in different ways and i guess i dealt with it in the right way in the fact that i did concentrate.
Make sure you remember all or most that the instructor has taught you and you will be fine.
#39
Just to add just read that you have passed! congratulations!!

An epic fail for me not reading the whole of the thread!!lol
#40
brettytopbanana
Just to add just read that you have passed! congratulations!!

An epic fail for me not reading the whole of the thread!!lol


Three minors is the best amount! :) I was a wreck on the day - tried to concentrate on my breathing and appearing relaxed while talking. He was a nice chap and I was a little calmer on the way back.

Was beating myself up on the way back about the faults - one was not coming close enough to a give way line, one was going 20 in a 30 (just to be safe as Portsmouth is 20 all over the place and I hadn't noticed any signs and the last was for a hesitation at a round-a-bout but I still reckon I was justified in waiting...because my visability was poor due to one of those bloody 'HAPPY BIRTHDAY!' bed sheets!

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