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Feel so disheartened about failing driving test

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Ironfloor Tue 17-Mar-15 14:09:11

It's the bloody 4th time I've done it. I can drive very well. Have the driving license in my home country. But every time at the test, I do something stupid, like approaching the roundabout too fast/too slow, not reading traffic signs properly, not stopping at closed junctions etc. I feel like such an idiot. I don't feel particularly nervous before the test, so doubt beta blockers would help me. I tried eating a banana but obviously that was not helpful. Today I failed because I went on the right side of the road, when the sign on the middle of the road said go left. The frustrating thing is, I'd probably not have done these idiotic mistakes if I was driving normally. Please tell me I'll pass one day. I stopped taking lessons because I couldn't afford them anymore so I guess I'm going to have to take the test again and again until I bloody pass.

buildmeabuttercup Tue 17-Mar-15 14:23:41

flowers I failed four times. Last time I had a toddler style hissy fit and vowed never to do it again and i didn't. It is so disheartening and I couldn't put myself through it anymore. But plenty of people pass after multiple failures, these people have more patience than me though grin.

I really do hope you manage it. I drove perfectly well on my lessons, there's something about an examiner sat next to you that makes you do things you'd never normally do. Good luck!

Plarail123 Tue 17-Mar-15 14:34:06

Keep going! I passed 5th time. You can do it!!!

engeika Tue 17-Mar-15 14:35:55

I failed three times - same examiner each time - was so nervous I was shaking and sick.

Have now been driving safely for twenty five years. Don't worry OP - it is a pain but you will get there in the end.

Fantaface Tue 17-Mar-15 14:39:44

Persevere with it, I, like you, failed a fee times and vowed never to ever put myself through it again, but I had a great driving instructor that believed in me and booked my tests for me until I finally passed. You won't look back!
Good luck smile

Flossyfloof Tue 17-Mar-15 14:55:09

Bloody hell, love, if I can do it, anyone can. Seriously. Is it worth looking at one of those intensive courses where you do it all over a weekend? ( I understand that you can already drive). I had hundreds of lessons.

motherinferior Tue 17-Mar-15 15:10:18

I passed fifth time too. And I was 37 weeks pregnant. If I can, anyone can!

PiggyPlumPie Tue 17-Mar-15 15:25:37

Took me 8 goes blush but was worth it in the end! I didn't fail my 7th for speeding tho', oh no not me

SomewhereIBelong Tue 17-Mar-15 16:37:25

my dad failed his 7th test by driving off the edge of a railway bridge thinking he was pulling into a layby... he passed his 8th... if HE can pass after that, then you sound like you have no problem!!

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Tue 17-Mar-15 17:14:03

Try and get some more practice in before the next test with someone who is critical but fair.

Unless the examiner said you are a positive danger to anyone else on the road I think you should continue.

wigglesrock Tue 17-Mar-15 17:16:47

I passed on my fifth test. One thing my instructor did say to me but was that if I had have failed on my fifth attempt, he would have suggested that I see a different instructor that obviously what he was teaching me wasn't translating well in the test.

Fairylea Tue 17-Mar-15 17:17:05

It took me 60 hours of lessons, a 5 day intensive course and 4 failed attempts to pass at the age of 31. Don't give up! I've been driving 4 years now and touch wood no problems !

I think part of my problem was I wasn't getting enough practice on the road. So after my first 3 fails I went on the intensive course and passed at the end of the week.

I'd honestly get some more lessons, save up and do a 3 or 5 day intensive to give you lots of road confidence and try again.

iniquity Tue 17-Mar-15 17:17:20

Failed 8 times. I only passed because the examiner felt sorry for me.
But I've been driving a year now and no accidents to date.
I don't think failing a lot means someone is a bad driver. The test seems to suit some people more than others.

Nolim Tue 17-Mar-15 17:22:30

I have drivers licenses from 2 other countries and still took ne 4 attempts.

AmberNectarine Tue 17-Mar-15 17:34:07

Took me 6 attempts. You WILL get there.

OurGlass Tue 17-Mar-15 17:37:37

It will happen for you, I promise.

Could you do an intensive course?

fluffymouse Tue 17-Mar-15 18:44:35

I failed twice. Should have probably failed the third time but I think the lovely instructor lady gave me a sympathy pass.

You will get there eventually!

msshapelybottom Tue 17-Mar-15 19:37:55

I didn't pass till my 3rd attempt but I was ready to throw in the towel after my 2nd fail. I'm so glad I didn't though.

You've come this far, can you afford a few more lessons and just focus on the bits you get really nervous about in the test?

Before my 3rd test I took 3 lessons just going round the test route so that it was more familiar ground.

Don't give up, you'll get it if you persevere!

Ironfloor Fri 15-May-15 10:59:34

Hello everyone, thought I'd update this thread. I bloody passed my driving test! On the fifth attempt! The examiner was an angel, which is probably why I passed. I've faced less sweet assholes examiners and driven better but they failed me. But this was my lucky day. Thanks for your support and advice. I did eat two bananas before the test if that helps smile

chickenfuckingpox Fri 15-May-15 11:04:01

book two tests close to each other if you fail one you wont have time to get nervous enough for the second

i heard someone made two for the same day she actually passed the first one!


BrianButterfield Fri 15-May-15 11:04:10

Well done you! A new life awaitsflowers

GingerDoodle Fri 15-May-15 11:06:44

I took 4 and failed, gave up for 7 years then it took 3 go... (And the falls, the second time round were really silly!)

Tiredmumno1 Fri 15-May-15 11:08:14

Well done, huge congratulations, I really am happy for you, you must be over the moon smile thanks

HopefulHamster Fri 15-May-15 11:09:12

Yay congrats!

My husband took 7 or 8 attempts, I passed first time. I am not a better driver. Luck of the draw on the day.

strawberrydaquari Fri 15-May-15 11:12:03

Well done you flowers

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