Passing your driving test first time – how to make it happen

Finally getting your hands on a driving license is a big achievement and a great feeling. The good thing is that you can give yourself a good chance of passing the test first time, if you approach it in the right way. Of course, learning well starts when you first get behind the wheel of a car, but you need to consolidate all of your learning and make sure you are well prepared for the test.

One of the most important things to remember is that you need to give yourself time to find your local DMV, so that you can easily book a test date that fits in with what is convenient for you. This helps to take some of the pressure off as you can then go ahead and make sure you are well prepared for the day. Here are some of the things you should do, to give yourself the best chance of passing your test first time.

    1. Make sure you get enough practice

The more time you spend practising your driving technique, the more relaxed you are likely to feel when it’s time to take the test. You can ask a friend or relative to accompany you. It’s also a good idea to pay for some instruction from a qualified professional. Do not forget that they know what is expected from you when you take your test, and can teach you accordingly.

    1. Know the rules and laws

If you have passed the written part of the test, you may think that you know the driving laws for your state well enough. You should never be complacent. Do not forget, you are likely to be nervous so you need to know the rules well enough for your memory of them not to be affected by the nerves.

    1. Keep a lid on nerves

It’s natural to be nervous when you are taking a driving test. Having a few nerves is fine; but you need to stop them from adversely affecting your performance. There are techniques you can employ to keep your nerves under control.

    1. Do not obsess about the test

If you become completely obsessed with the test, especially in the twenty four hours leading up to it, you are only going to freak yourself out. It’s a good idea to get some driving practice in the day before; then have a good dinner and an early night. Make sure you give yourself enough time to get up and ready without being rushed, the next day.

If your test is not until later in the day, it’s a good idea to relax by taking a walk. You can energize yourself, and hopefully release some of the nerves.

All of these factors are important, if you want to give yourself the best chance of passing your test first time. You may also want to get some tips from drivers who have recently passed their test. Knowing what to expect always makes life easier.


  1. Maryann D. says:

    This is all good advice for teens or anyone interested in taking a driving test. It can be a stressful time so any advice is necessary.

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