Taking a driving test can be quite stressful. Not only do you need to make sure you’re properly prepared. You also want to know that when you turn your head to look out the rearview and side mirrors that you’re making the gesture clear enough for the tester to notice.

Pass Your Driving Test

You’re wondering if you’re going to be driving somewhere new that you recognize and you are able to parallel park 99% of the time, but if it’s a really tight spot you get nervous. The following will cover a few things that you want to keep in mind if you’re planning on taking (and passing) your driving test.

Book The Test In Advance

If you’re going to pass the driving test, you need to book it. That part is (hopefully) obvious, but what might not be super clear is that you should book far in advance. Not only will this give you a solid date in the future to encourage you to keep up your practice, particularly on those days you aren’t feeling like it, but there might be longer than normal wait times as the pandemic has slowed down many departments, including this one. There is a backlog of people looking to take the test. When booking a driving test, you’ll also want to consider whether you’ll need to use a car from the facility or if you’ll be bringing one that a friend or family member is lending you and book a car accordingly. Booking in advance will also help ensure that the car you’re using is available.

Practice Well

You know that you need to practice, in particular, you need to prepare for the things that are going to be on the test. But there’s a lot involved in a high-quality practice that you might not be aware of. Foremost, it’s better to have several shorter practice sessions than a few longer ones as this encourages the memory to cement in your mind and body better. You also want to practice things in differing orders so that you can handle new locations and maneuvers. This means if you always drive the same route and stop at the same parking lot to work on parallel parking, you aren’t truly practicing; you’re preparing the same few things again and again. It would be better to go to new locations and work on things like turning and merging and parking and pulling over in different orders.

Brush Up On The Road Rules

You already took the written test, so you won’t be tested on the rules of the road and different signs, but surely you remember that there were one or two questions that came up during the written test that you’ve never encountered in real life. There’s a high chance you’ve forgotten a few of those uncommon signs or laws, and you don’t want to discover them again on your driving test. Brushing up on this information will also help you feel confident on test day.

Once the above steps have been followed and the test is looming, it’s a good idea to get some high-quality sleep and work your way through a stress-relieving technique or two. Meditation or breathing exercises work well.

As well, you might want to avoid taking caffeine the day of the test to help keep things calm (calm driving often equals smooth driving).

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