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Calming Driving Nerves

For those of you who have been reading the blog for a good few years, you would know all about my struggle to pass my driving test. I have been taking driving lessons for almost 10 years on and off. I took my first driving test while I was pregnant with the kiddies and I failed that and just didn’t bother for about 5 years. Although, I took my driving theory test and passed it first time, I still had to to take it again last year because the last one had expired.

 

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The Current Situation

I have recently started taking driving lessons again and I am currently enjoying them. I sacked the driving instructor I started with last year after 2 sessions. He was a screamer and he made me even more nervous so I got rid of him quickly. The new driving instructor I am using is a lot better. He is more patient and more thorough. I am learning many new driving skills at every lesson and I am happy with the way the lessons are currently going. The only issue I am still dealing with is my driving nerves.

Looking back, I have always been a nervous driver, and I became a lot worse after the accident we had a few years ago. I need to calm my driving nerves if I intend to pass my driving test. Being so nervous behind the wheel is not helping me at all, so I have starting looking at ways to help me deal with the nerves. Meditating and having some quiet time before I drive does help. Writing about it should help as well. I am hoping it does anyway, which is why you are reading this post.

Someone advised me to try some calming herbal medicine. I will be trying it in the next few days and will report back if it works. Driving my own car also outside of the lessons also help. I am usually a bit more relaxed when driving in my car with M.

 

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Tried and Tested Tips?

I have booked my driving test and I need to get it over and done with it, so no room for nerves here. I am eager to read about your experience when learning to drive. Were you a nervous driver? How did you deal with it? Please share your tried and tested tips in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading. Have a lovely day.

 

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How long did it take for you to pass your driving test

What’s the worst part about learning to drive? The inevitable practical test that we need to pass before gaining our independence on the roads.

Nowadays, unless you live in central London, having a driving licence is a very useful commodity. It’s useful for work, holidays and driving your friends and family around as a chauffeur service.

The build up to the test is a nerve wracking experience. You’ve invested all that time and money into practicing, organising a car and promising people lifts once you pass. It’s not a cheap endeavour and the test itself is the final hurdle before you can be let loose!

There are a few interesting statistics when it comes to the UK driving test which are covered in an infographic from Absolute Reg.

Using official government data, they’ve shared some key facts about practical driving test pass rates that you might not know about. Or might not want to know about…

 

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In 2017, the pass rate for UK car driving tests was 47.1% for people taking the test on their first attempt. Meaning that over half of people fail, so don’t get too disheartened if this happens to you. You’re actually in the majority.

It’s also revealed that the pass rate is higher for men. 50.6% of men passed with the rate lower for women at 43.9%.

Living in a big city like London is also a downside if you’re taking your test. London test takers have a lower pass rate, which is unsurprising given the greater number of distractions you have to deal with on the roads and other drivers getting in your way. So taking your test in a more remote location could be a great option if you’re struggling to pass.

And although young drivers have a bad reputation on the roads, the 16-25 age group has the highest pass rate!

 

My thoughts

These results don’t surprise me. I am yet to pass my driving test. My theory test has now expired so I will need to take that test again too. I had my first driving test about 5 years ago. I was heavily pregnant with the twins and paranoid. So failing my test came as no surprise.

I am looking forward to passing my driving tests this year. Driving would bring a new form of independence. I won’t have to over plan my trips or wait for anyone to take me where I need to go.

 

Have you passed your driving tests? How long did it take you to pass them?

 

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How to Pass your UK Driving Theory Test

I have written about my current struggle with passing my driving practical tests and how  I have to retake the driving theory test, because my current theory certificate has no expired, (2 years already) which is annoying. As I prepare to re-take my UK driving theory test; I plan to pass the test once like I did previously, so I have been very busy updating my driving knowledge, and brushing up my skills.

Good we have a lot of driving information available for free online. In addition to the available information and free videos online, I have recently come across a comprehensive driving theory test FAQ put together by Pass ‘N’ Go — provider of driving lessons in Newcastle, Middleborough, Durham and Sunderland, and I found it super useful. It answered all the important questions about writing a driving theory test in the UK. I found it super information, and I am now 1 step closer to my dream car – The Mini Cooper!

 

 

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Here is a brief summary of the driving theory test information available on Pass ‘N’ Go website.

 

How much do theory tests costs?

A theory test costs £23. If you have a Safe Road User Award, you can sit an abridged theory test for £18  This prices are the same on weekdays, during weekends or through bank holidays.

 

Can I book multiple theory tests?

No. You must rebook your theory test if you have failed the original theory test that you sat.

 

Can a theory test be done online?

No. A theory test has to be sat at a theory test centre.

 

What age can I sit a theory test?

As soon as you turn 17 years old, you can take a driving theory test.

 

 

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How long do theory tests take?

You have a maximum of 57 minutes to finish the 50 multiple-choice questions.

 

Are theory test questions multiple choice?

Yes.

 

Do theory tests expire?

Yes. It expires after 2 years and you will have to take the test again, in order to take the UK Practical driving test.

 

Good luck to anyone about to take the theory driving test. I hope we all pass it in one sitting.

Did you struggle to pass your theory driving test? Please share your experience and thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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