Just a girl trying to pass her driving test

I’m sure many of us can relate to feeling like we’re ready for something, only for it not to go as planned. That was my experience when I took my practical driving tests. Despite feeling as if I was ready to cruise the roads of Hertfordshire and around the UK once I was more confident, I failed the first time due to a grumpy examiner and then again due to a friendly examiner (perhaps a friendly silence is just what I needed). I’ll take another practical test towards the end of January, hoping it will be the last.

I was a bundle of nerves when I went in for my practical driving test. Despite having practised in my own car nearly every night, I felt like the pressure of taking this test was really getting to me. All I could think about was every little mistake that might lead to a failed result. In the end, though, despite not being 100% confident in my ability, I felt ready for the challenge.

I failed the first time because of a grumpy examiner

I was so disappointed when I failed my practical driving test the first time. The examiner seemed grumpy and rude, which didn’t help with my nerves at all. When I said rude, she didn’t introduce herself and refused to provide me with feedback and only demanded to speak to my driving instructor after she told me I had failed. She told my instructor that I didn’t know what I was doing, which was super insulting, but safe to say that she returned to the practical test centre in one piece with me as a driver.

I failed the second time because of a friendly examiner

I failed my practical driving test the second time, but this time, it was because of a friendly examiner (which I felt better about failing). He was really nice and chatty throughout the whole process, but I guess that didn’t help me as much as I thought it would! He talked about his dog and shared his life stories with me, and I didn’t want to be rude, so I continued the conversation. As someone who struggles to multi-task, this has caused me to lose focus.

It’s been a tough journey, but I know I can do this. The first two tests didn’t end how I wanted them to, but with the determination to try again and a little luck, I believe my third time could be the charm! Wish me luck with my next attempt!