You’ve finished your driver education classes and have spent many hours practicing behind the wheel. But as the day of your driving test approaches, you may still become nervous. After all, it is common to fail on the first try. But this doesn’t have to be the case. Taking a little extra time to properly prepare can help ensure you pass your exam with flying colors.
Tips to become a Confident, Licensed Driver
Preparing for your driving test should start with taking Drive Team’s Teen Performance Based Driver Education Program (PBDE). This full program provides comprehensive training for teens both off and on the roads, ensuring that they are learning the skills they need to be responsible drivers. Once you’ve completed all four levels of the program, you’ll feel confident and ready to take that driving test.
As your exam day approaches, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind to improve your experience:
- Study up on the latest traffic rules. The written test requires you to be knowledgeable about all the latest rules of the road. However, knowing these rules wills will also help you ace the driving portion, too! The more you study the rules, the more they’ll become second nature and you won’t be required to think about them in a split-second situation.
- Practice driving as much as you can. Prior to scheduling your driving test, get in as much practice as possible with an experienced driver who isn’t afraid to give you feedback. Listen to the criticism with an open mind so you know what areas you should work on before testing day. Get driving time in on the back roads or in an empty parking to ensure you know how to properly brake, back up and maneuver in tight spots.
- Familiarize yourself with your vehicle. If you’ve been using your mom’s SUV to practice driving, be sure to use that same vehicle to take your driving test. You’ll be most comfortable in the car you’re used to driving. Review all the basic controls in the car, like the turn signal and headlights, and adjust the seat for your comfort.
- Check and adjust your mirrors. The rearview and sideview mirrors are there for a reason – to help you see traffic behind you and make smart decisions when you’re backing up and changing lanes, two essential parts of your driving test. Your examiner will be looking to see if you are checking those mirrors often.
- Watch your speed. When you’re out on the road taking the test, you’ll most likely drive through several different types of neighborhoods and streets to test your ability to adjust. It’s vital that you pay attention to your speed – and the speed limit signs. Streets can change quickly from 35 mph to 25 mph and back again, and you’ll want to make sure that you’re adjusting your speed accordingly and staying within the designated speed limit.
- Be aware of other drivers. This tip is just as important after you receive your license as it is during your exam. Although you may be a safe, confident driver, that doesn’t go for everyone else on the road. Always be aware of other drivers around you; check your blind spots and try to watch the road both in front of you and behind you, especially when it’s time to brake.
- Get a good night’s sleep. Don’t underestimate the importance of this tip, because being tired can lead to feeling nervous and distracted, which can affect your performance. The night before your driving test, avoid partying and staying up late. Get some rest.
- Try to relax. Taking your driving test can certainly be a nerve-wracking experience, but if you’ve completed the proper training and practiced often, you shouldn’t have any problem passing, so try not to obsess over it.
Drive Team offers some of the best teen driving classes to help you feel confident and in control of your vehicle the day of your driving test and as your begin your travels as a new licensed driver. Contact us today to get started.