Having experienced hundreds of students arriving for their big day I have learned some valuable tips that will work for you to help you on the day.
Ignore any stories about friends telling you how terrible the examiners are. Remember that many students will blame the examiners instead of accepting their mistakes for failing.
The night before:
- Prepare your ID card
- Transport Malta document you received with your date and time of test.
- Prepare the clothes and shoes you will wear. Have a good night’s sleep.
- Avoid entertaining negative thoughts about the test. If they come into your head look in a mirror and tell yourself to shut up - this really works. 🙂
- Write 10 reasons why you should pass such as - ¨I am a good safe driver¨, ¨I am good at using my mirrors¨, ¨I am going to give the examiner a nice safe ride.¨
- Use positive words: “good”, “great”, “fantastic”, “amazing”
- Practice the Safety Questions
In the morning:
- Wake up nice and early
- Have a refreshing and relaxing shower
- Avoid rushing to get ready and slow down
- Have something to eat and drink
- Go to the bathroom before you leave home
- Be to the test centre 30 minutes before your test starts
- Ask me any questions you may have
- Ask me to ask you some of the safety questions
- Enjoy your Driving Test experience - just relax and do your best.
For you to PASS your Practical Driving Test you want to be:
- CONFIDENT - feeling or showing confidence in oneself or abilities or qualities; feeling or showing certainty about something.
- SAFE - protected from or not exposed to danger or risk; not likely to be harmed or lost.
- RESPONSIBLE - the state or fact of being responsible, answerable, or accountable for something within one's power, control or management.
Adopt the mindset of a Driver, not a Student.
Which means you are able to :
- Control the car unaided
- Follow the road obeying the rules and regulations ( use of road signs,markings, traffic controllers (Police or Local Wardens))
- Follow directions given by your examiner (your instructor will be giving you the same directions as the examiner)
- Reverse Parallel Parking
- Reverse Bay Parking also Known as 90 Degree Parking
- Emergency STOP
- 3 Point Turn also known as Turn in the Road
- Reverse in a straight line
This is going to take time and effort, obviously every student is different.
Let me ask you a question. How many of your friends are going to university to study as Doctors, Lawyers, Accountants, Architects and Business?
So you got a few friends hopefully. So lets take one of them; the friend that wants to be a doctor. He or she has made a decision to dedicate 5 years of their life to study in university reading books and attending regular lectures, then another 2 years to practice in hospital, making a total of 7 years.
Driving is not so different. Obviously it's not going to take 7 years - at least we hope not!
Having a driving licence is like being James Bond - licensed to kill. Unfortunately this is the ugly truth, when you are behind the wheel of a car you have the power to kill your passengers, yourself and other road users. It is your Responsibility to be safe.
I myself have had several close calls as a driver and a road user. I will be sharing with you my experiences so that hopefully you wont have to go through the same experiences as I did.
You have chosen the best instructor to make this all happen in a fun way so no need to worry.