Failed driving test… Scared I will fail again! *NWR*

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
24457 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Have you tried taking a minute to breathe when you start getting anxious?  Just take a deep breath and then blow it out quickly.  It might be able to help you to focus.

Good luck on your test!

Post # 4
359 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I failed twice.  First time was for “driving on the wrong side of the road”.  It was a fake road they had set up, that is apparently one way… signs, the stop sign was down on the ground (I guess someone hit it and they never fixed it), and there was snow on the road so I could not see the lines. Second time I can’t remember.

I stopped taking driving lessons (I swear the instructor was out to get me, she actually said that I would never get my license)…..and bought a car, and practiced with my mom in the car with me….

I did my test at a different exam place, and passed with flying colours. The tester actually said “you are a great driver”….to which I said “can you call the other place and tell them that????”

You will get there, practice makes perfect.

The one thing I always say is: if the people who HAVE their license now had to be tested like new drivers are, they would ALL fail.

Post # 5
2365 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

You’ve just experienced your worst case scenario.  You failed straight away.  But the sky didn’t fall, your world didn’t end.  So now, there’s nowhere to go but up!  Oddly enough, when I’m interviewing for a new job, I ALWAYS bomb the first place I interview at.  I get so stressed and nervous that I sound like a complete fool.  But that second place that I interview with, I’m completely fine.  It’s just getting the jitters out.

Post # 6
47 posts
  • Wedding: May 2014

I failed my first time too! Which was last October. I totally freaked and forgot everything. I took some time time to calm down and practice on the test course like you, and retook the test 2 months ago knowing exactly what to be careful of. and I passed! 




If I can pass (also no parallel parking for me, thank god), so can you! You just need to go into it feeling like you own that road 🙂




Post # 8
3394 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@SilkDelphinium:  Try and relax. I failed my first test as well and it was the parallel parking that got me! But I went on to get my license and later my CDL license and I used to drive a full size school bus through tiny Philadelphia streets. You’ll be fine. Just practice some more.

Post # 10
3249 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@SilkDelphinium:  Just take a shot of tequila for your nerves.

Note: This is not real advice, and you should not do this.  Drinking and driving is a terrible idea. The more you know!

So, real advice, what generally calms you down?  For example, I always take a pack of skittles to an exam.  I used to eat skittles all the time, but now I actually only eat them if I’m writing an exam, pretty much – just something I started doing in high school.

Post # 11
3394 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@SilkDelphinium:  Ha, ha. It was fun! My favorite job by far. And a little added bonus of being bigger on the road than those tough guys with the dual tire trucks. *manly grunt* Ho, ho, ho

Post # 12
315 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Honestly, I know more people who failed the first time, than who passed right away! I am one of them too! I got through everything except the damn 90 degree back in. I backed in and pulled out so bad that I hit the flag cone thing, and it got stuck in my wheel!!!! The instructor actually had to get out of the vehical and pull it out of my wheel well. Talk about disaster. BUT I did some more practicing and passed the next time no problems 🙂 do not feel bad! You just need to calm your nerves!

Post # 13
6 posts

@Duncan: LOL, I do that too….eating skittles, well and gummibears, to call me dowm. But you must tell me the secret how you manage to stay that slim by doing so.When I was working on my masters degree, I was like cookie monster, but with skittles…


Post # 14
490 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’ve failed twice and due to unforeseen circumstances I haven’t been on the road since November. DO NOT BE ME. Get back in that car as soon as you can and practice your ass off. Don’t let anything get in your way like I did. I want to get my license, but its been so long since I’ve been on the road that I’m finding it difficult to get excited again. Keep that excitement, keep that drive and KEEP PRACTICING and you’ll do great.

Now, if I could only take my own advice, everything would be fine and dandy. 

Post # 15
4134 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I failed like 4 times. I found taking lessons with a professional helped my anxiety. I really was not confident. 

Post # 16
601 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I don’t know what state you are in.

Mine was a bit of a joke.I’m in NJ and there was a course – apparently in other states – you have to get on a real road! That being said, plenty of people fail and take it again.

It sounds like you didn’t even fail that badly! Maybe you won’t be so nervous your second time around because you’ll know what to expect. Is there a time in the day that you would be less nervous to take it?

My driving story – my fam didn’t want to pay for an instructor and I didn’t have the money, so I didn’t get my permit until I was 17. That meant I couldn’t take my test until I was 17 1/2. Meanwhile, my grandfather taught me how to drive in a giant old ford that comfortable sat four people across the front seat lol. After driving that, I felt I could drive anything!

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