How to Prepare for a Driving Practical Test

If sitting for a driving theory test is nerve-wracking enough, then you would find a driving practical test to be daunting. Unless you have spent lots of hours driving in your neighborhood, practicing and possibly working with an instructor or an extremely good driver, you will feel nervous or anxious and you would be quite shaky. Passing a driving practical test can be a cakewalk if you are up for the challenge. Preparation is the key as that would get you the confidence you need to pass driving practical test.

Here is how you can prepare for your upcoming driving practical test.

  • You should get trained, ideally by an instructor. There are plenty of driving schools. Pick a good one and get trained for a certain number of hours. Remember, the eventual driving practical test can last longer than half an hour depending on the motor vehicles norms in your state. You need to be comfortable to drive that long without any major errors. This requires practice and one that you wouldn’t get from those two or three minute drives in your neighborhood.
  • You should study the driver’s manual as issued by your state motor vehicles office but that wouldn’t be sufficient. You should take your instructor on city roads, deal with traffic and actually get accustomed with all the road signs, traffic laws and best driving practices. There is a huge difference between knowing what some signs mean and actually adhering to what those signs mean while you are on the road, in the midst of traffic, having to be alert and en route to your destination.
  • A driving practical test abides by a standard so your instructor can help you to prepare for the exact driving practical test but it is possible that your examiner will judge you in real time and ask you to make certain maneuvers that you are perhaps struggling with. It is possible you are weak with reverse or the left turns, roundabouts or a certain meandering maneuver. If the examiner spots certain weaknesses which can lead to a risk to personal safety or that of other motorists, then the examiner will subject you to more of those specific tests and that may fail you.
  • Beyond the physical and technical training you would need, you also need the psychological training to pass a driving practical test. You can psych out or lose your nerve when you are issued instructions or when your car doesn’t respond ideally.

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