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How to ACE your driving test

How to ACE your driving test

Hey guys! Hope you are all doing okay and keeping safe.

On this week’s post I would like to talk about driving… which is something I dearly miss, since I took my driving test in Portugal and I’m still kind of scared to drive here hahahah.

Before I first started taking my driving licence I was scared and nervous, but I reckon that is something normal since it’s something new. I know a lot of you are currently going through this and I wanted to put your minds at ease and give you some tips on how to improve your chances of passing your driving test, on the first attempt. And if you are repeating it, don’t worry, I had to repeat mine too since I was really nervous and failed on my first one. Remember there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel – if there was for me (bear in mind I’m literally one of the most nervous human beings ever) there will be for you LOL.

Tip 1: Attend all your theory lessons

This is crucial if you want to pass your theory. There will be times you will have a lot of questions and the instructor is the best person to help you.

Tip 2: Do lots of online mock tests before your actual theory test

This one worked for me. I used to be on my phone doing mock tests all the time until I was sure I was ready to undergo the real test. Practice makes perfect.

Tip 3: Before your driving test, have a lesson

It will help you familiarise yourself with one of the possible routes, and it helps if you are feeling anxious, since you are already in the car

Tip 4: Try to use the same car you used during your driving lessons

This is extremely important especially if you have little to no experience driving. Each car is a world with different biting points and a lot more. If in any instance you know you have to change cars for the test, try to familiarise yourself with the new car to avoid surprises.

Tip 5: Exaggerate your mirror checks

I am not even joking on this one. Instructors like that, you have to constantly check your mirrors and pay attention to what’s surrounding you.

Tip 6: If you don’t understand any direction given, just ask the instructor

Simple as this, it’s always better to just ask instead of taking a wrong turn (even though this may happen).

Tip 7: Be calm and confident, and don’t take the test unless you feel READY

I know you probably want to drive on your own and just have that sense of independence. However, waiting until you are ready and confident to take your driving test is much better than taking it and not passing (plus it also saves you a lot of money and time). This one I know by experience since I was impatient and ended up failing on my first attempt.

I tried to keep this short and simple. If you have any further questions, please just comment and I’ll do my best to help all of you. Remember be confident in your skills and you shall ace your driving test and become a great driver.

Be back next week with a new informative post!

Alex xx



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