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I have my driving test tomorrow. Any pointers?

Asked by Mtl_zack (6730 points ) February 8th, 2009

I’ve been practicing, but I fear that I’ll get really nervous. It’s at 8:10 AM and it’s expected to be very icy. Any pointers to keep myself alert and ready (at 8:10 AM)?

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asmonet's avatar

Sleep the night before, eat breakfast, breathe, compulsively check everything on your car before you start.
My test honestly only lasted eight minutes and I basically drove in a figure eight on four semi residential roads.

And all we did was talk about Pandas.

Foolaholic's avatar

When I took my test, I was primarily using my mirrors to see where I was going when I was in reverse. The instructor corrected me, saying that I should always turn and look in the direction that my car is moving.

Other than that, just stay calm and be aware of your surroundings. Good Luck!

fireside's avatar

Make sure you don’t crash.
Or do this

But really, it was so easy when I took mine. Check seat belt, Check mirrors, Right turn signal, right turn, right turn signal, stop, right turn, left turn signal, stop, K turn, left turn signal, stop, left turn, right turn signal, parallel park, left turn signal, park.

I didn’t even do the parallel parking that great but I still passed.

Rememberme's avatar

Make sure your brake lights and blinkers are working correctly. If they arent they will turn you away.

Kiev749's avatar

look at the mirrors so much its like your paranoid. And Always look Left-Right-Left.

jbfletcherfan's avatar

Just be very aware of traffic around you, too.

When I took my driving test (many years ago) I just basically drove around the block of the courthouse. But there was a stop sign that I had to stop for. The patrolman said “oh, there’s nothing coming. Just go on.” I laughed & said “Oh, I don’t think so. You’re not going to catch me on THAT one!”. He just laughed. If I’d have gone ahead & gone through the stop sign, I’d have failed it right there.

Just try to stay calm. You’ll be fine. Let us know tomorrow how it all went down.

Vinifera7's avatar

You should exaggerate your movements when you turn your head to look. Even though it’s sometimes less disorienting to just look with your eyes, the test administrator will mark you down for not turning your head enough.

I failed the first time I took the driving test. My tester was a nazi. She insta-failed me because I went five miles per hour over the speed limit as I was coasting down a hill.

gailcalled's avatar

Dress in a neat and conservative manner. Teen-aged males are considered high risk (for good actuarial reasons) and often failed once on principle.

greaper318's avatar

1.) Get a good 8–10 hours of sleep and get up plenty early
2.) Eat some sort of breakfast
3.) Relax and take your time while driving…It’ll probably be the only ‘driving test experience’ you’ll ever have!

AlfredaPrufrock's avatar

Pay attention to the stop signs and walkways. The first time my daughter took it, she was immediately flunked because she didn’t stop to let pedestrians on the curb at the testing complex cross. They were standing at the corner, waiting to cross. Pedestrians have the right of way. Full stops.

Judi's avatar

Constantly scan. They want to visably see you using all your mirors. Turn your neck when you look at different mirrors so they don’t miss it.

90s_kid's avatar

“It’s not as hard as you think.” says my brother. But you should try hard anyway.

mea05key's avatar

is is practical or writen examination? practical – make sure you be nice to your instruction , who knows he might less lenient. Writen examination? i believe you have memorised and studied all the possible questions , so no worries. I will rather spend more time sleeping and get up fresh.

russellsouza's avatar

I don’t know if this is common but my driving instructor was way more concerned about whether or not I seemed confident and attentive than whether I could physically describe a “bridge freezes before road” sign. Don’t be overwhelmed by the details of everything. Use your instinct, pay attention to your gut, let your natural reflexes come to the forefront. Think about the purpose of driving, to get from point A to point B in a way that’s safe for you, your passengers, other drives/passengers and pedestrians, a way that won’t damage your car or another person’s car or property, and a way that’s efficient and legal (don’t speed, but don’t go too far under the speed limit either – it forces other drivers to maneuver around increasing the risk of an accident happening).

If it’s icy, drive at a cautious speed (ten-fifteen below speed limit or just follow the lead of other cars), especially if your car isn’t all-wheel-drive. Don’t slam on the brakes, decelerate by lifting your foot off the accelerator instead of pumping the brake whenever you have the space to do so, and if you find yourself skidding steer in the direction of the skid while applying moderate, rhythmic pressure to the brake.

babygalll's avatar

Don’t tell anyone you are going for your test. Well, besides us! (just in case you fail) Not saying you will. You might feel anxious and not sleep too well. Take a few advils before you sleep tonight, eat something in the morning and make sure you use the restroom before you start the test. Good luck!

La_chica_gomela's avatar

Make sure you stop for at least 2 or 3 seconds at any stop signs. This goes along with Vinefera’s suggestion to exaggerate your movements. My friend failed his the first time because the examiner told him he did “rolling stops” instead of full stops, and he claims he did stop, just for about a second.

Also, make sure you’re very familiar with how to turn on your bright lights, you windshield wipers, you parking break, and that sort of thing. When I took my test, I didn’t really know how to do that stuff because when I had my permit my parents mostly drove if it was raining or anything like that.

Best of luck!

Mtl_zack's avatar

I failed the test. I was doing alright, but when I was on a big road with 4 lanes, and I was changing lanes, I was looking over my shoulder and changing lanes at the same time, when I’m supposed to check my blind-spot first and then change lanes. Also, yesterday, there was water on the roads, and overnight it turned to snow/ice. So, I was driving half on the snow and half on the ice, which the instructor told me was the main reason for my fail. I really don’t understand this. If I took my test yesterday, I would have passed because it wasn’t snow then. And the license bureau is full up until they start their next “season” which begins in April.

gailcalled's avatar

I’m really sorry. And I do think it really irresponsible to give a neophyte driver a test on snow and ice. Experienced drivers (like me) have a terrible time with black ice, even with AWD.

Feb. is half-over, so just hang on for 6 + more weeks.

asmonet's avatar

@Mtl_zack: That sucks, but no worries, time will fly by. Just practice some more in the mean time and remember, tons of people fail their first time. It ain’t no thang.

90s_kid's avatar

Aw!
Better luck next time.
I’ll return back to this question in April then. Only in a coupla months.
I gave you 3900 lurve to ease you condolences.

Open's avatar

Don’t hit a curb. T_T I hit a curb when parking and I was failed instantly.

(Proud to say that I passed the next time. I have been driving for 3 years now and never gotten pulled over or ticketed ^_^)

dann1's avatar

If you’re willing to spend a bit of money to be much more confident and knowledgable for the road test, I recommend you check out these videos: http://preview.tinyurl.com/Driving123 It’s very normal for most people to be nervous during the driving test, and you can have an advantage over other people who take the driving test if you watch the videos first.

As other people said, don’t do thing like hit a curb. Don’t worry either. Realize its not the end of the world if you fail it.

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