Friday, 15 April 2016
Failed your driving test? Heres what to do next
It’s that awful moment, your driving test officer tells you that you have failed your test. Disappointment runs through your body. After you get out of the car you start you wonder, what are my options? Here’s a rundown of what to do next.
Firstly, don’t panic and don’t worry too much about it. Lots of people fail their driving test and the worst thing that can happen is that the disappointment leads to further failures. You now have an advantage, you’ve experienced it, you know exactly what it’s like to take your driving test and whether you realise it or not, next time you will be more prepared, mentally. You know what you did wrong and you know what you have to do right. So relax.
Book your next driving lesson
It’s not advisable to take another test straight away, book another driving lesson with your instructor and work through the things that caused you to fail. Your instructor will be more than happy to help and won’t be overly disappointed, they may however feel slightly responsible and will want to help you pass more than ever before. Talk to your instructor and take some more lessons before re-taking your test.
Pick a date for your driving test
Finally, pick a date for your next driving test, a workable, easy to work towards date that gives you some extra lessons. Sometimes driving tests need to be booked weeks in advance so its best to book it as soon as possible.
The final word
It’s not the end of the world when you fail your driving test, you may need to discuss anxiety if this was one of the reasons though, it’s best to keep calm and talk about your nerves if you or your driving instructor think this was one of the issues. Anxiety affects a lot of people and it’s much better to talk about it and deal with it head on. Good luck!