Driving test!! Would appreciate success stories and support!!

(9 Posts)
Steelojames Tue 31-May-16 20:34:46

Hi all.

So driving test booked in a few days, and I'm very nervous.
I keep getting caught up in the number of hours I have had and keep asking myself if it's enough....
I've had 36 with an instructor and about 5 in my mums car (she lives about 50 miles away so it's when and if I can etc).
Another thing is my test centre has a low pass rate and that is worrying me.
I'm semi-confident at driving and my instructor is confident in me, I just want this sooooo bad.
I think the one thing I find difficult is the left turn of a major to minor road where I sometimes find it hard to turn without the clutch down. I know this about leaving enough time and I've corrected it today and yesterday.
Just nervous! Arghhhhhh.....
Any advise?
If you have passed, how many hours did you have?
If you have failed, what was it for?
Thanks in advance.

chickenowner Tue 31-May-16 20:40:59

It sounds silly but just try to relax!

I passed first time, and the reason I did was that I thought I had failed early on in the test (parallel parking!) and so relaxed and decided to do the rest of the test as a kind of mock exam.

The result was that I passed!!

Good luck with your test :-)

Steelojames Tue 31-May-16 20:46:49

Thanks chickenowner.
How many hours did you have beforehand?

Revenant Tue 31-May-16 21:09:30

I passed first time at a centre with low pass rates - 20 lessons so 40 hours altogether. The hardest thing for me was hill starts! I took the same approach as chickenowner and treated it as a mock.

user1464519881 Tue 31-May-16 21:14:33

My twins both just passed (17). Tehy had a lesson a week from Nov - March. They also drove the car home from school most days once they got a bit of confidence (with another driver next to them of course) One passed first time and the other second. I would recommend if you fail the retest services you can pay for which check every 5 minutes by computer for a cancellation so you can resit fairly quickly - in his case 6 weeks (rather than much longer waits). Mind you his cancellation was Friday 13th so probably that was why he got the date on someone else's cancellation and he passed that day. In my day (also at 17) I had a lesson a week from Jan to April. I then had a 3 months wait to get a cancellation and passed second time thankfully.

Just relax. Make sure it's clear you're looking in the mirrors. Be careful.
Good luck.

crazywriter Tue 31-May-16 22:47:05

Please try to stay calm. I passed after about 40 hours of lessons in a low pass area. I even had my test in the city I'd learned to drive in cancelled due to bad weather. I was so desperate to pass that I rearranged it in another city (I was at uni at the time so took lessons there and did my test in my home city) in a completely different car. Had to go from diesel to petrol, from a corsa to a jazz. Was really pleased I passed with a handful of minors. I did think I'd failed right at the start because of a silly mistake and I think that helped me stay calm for the rest of it.

cozietoesie Tue 31-May-16 22:56:17

About 20 hours in a car before a pass first time - all from the driving school. (I actually stalled the car during the test but recovered the situation OK.)

Remember - they're not trying to find out if you're the world's best driver. Just to see if you're competent enough and safe enough to be allowed out on the road on your own. smile That's when the real driving education starts, I reckon.

Onedaftmonkey Tue 31-May-16 23:17:06

Mirrors mirrors mirrors! Don't go to shit if you fuck up a manoeuvre just re do it before you put on the handbreak. Don't speed through an Amber light. Don't cut anyone up.
Good luck. It took me 3 times at age 30 to pass. My good thought vibes are with u grin

blondieblondie Tue 31-May-16 23:29:12

I passed my test last year at age 33, after literally countless number of lessons, with five different instructors, since I was 17, on and off.

I was online half an hour before the cancellation cut off trying to reschedule. I had failed both my mock tests and in my mind, there was just no way of passing. Luckily I decided it was too late at night to text my instructor asking his availability for a new date and just decided I'd have to sit it.

I hadn't even done an emergency stop until my pre-test, but I passed and it's the best thing I've ever done. Good luck and please try and relax.

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