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I’ve got my full driver’s licence!

August 19, 2015

Oh my gosh, this morning has been intense. I had my full driver’s licence test today and I was so nervous. I had a stomach ache and I was literally shaking a bit. While I was taking the test, I was barely breathing!

Last night I realised that one of the break lights on the car was blown. I’m so glad I checked. So I had to wake up early this morning to go get that fixed. Luckily that only took about 5 minutes and only cost me about $6. Because I didn’t know how long it would take, I left home quite early which meant I had plenty of time to kill before the test. So I decided to drive around the area where the test is for a bit to check it out and familiarise myself with stuff going on there, such as roadworks and similar.

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It was raining a little bit, but it looked like the clouds were going to disappear and the sun was peaking through a bit, so I wasn’t too nervous about it. I realised I was quite hungry, so I decided to stop at a cafรฉ and have breakfast. I ate it so fast, probably because of my nerves. It didn’t help with my stomach ache, haha.

Then I decided to drive to the starting point for the test so that I could have a seat and calm my nerves a bit before the test. Unfortunately, the testing officer was ready to go when I got there even though I was there way earlier than I was supposed to, so I remained nervous! As we were about to head out, it started pouring down. I’m not kidding – it would potentially have been classified as torrential rain! I sort of thought to myself ‘well, isn’t this great’. I’ve driven in rain before of course, but not really in rain that was that heavy.

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During my test, I made a few mistakes and I started thinking that I wasn’t going to pass. This was sort of confirmed after the test when the testing officer told me I made some critical errors and he had to think about whether or not the good stuff I did was enough to outweigh the bad. At that point, I wasn’t nervous anymore, just gutted and sure he was going to fail me.

After thinking for a while and explaining the things I did wrong and some of the things I did really well, he said ‘OK, I’m going to pass you, but you really need to think about these things and practise them. I will leave that with you and trust that you’ve understood what I’ve explained’. I was so relieved! I started to smile and thanked him over and over again and assured him that I will definitely remember his feedback and make sure I practise it.

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On my way back home, I couldn’t stop smiling! At the same time, I still felt a bit gutted about getting so close to failing. I guess in the end, what matters is that I understood what I did wrong and will change that.

Phew! I’m so happy! I’m about to start making my lunch, and then I have to head in to work to work half a day. I took the morning off so that I didn’t have to stress as much.

Do you have your full licence? Were you nervous when taking the test?


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  • tweetprayloveme

    I got my license late January (Canadian), end-January 2015. I was so nervous, before the test. However, when I did the actually test (it was my 2nd time!), I was more calm. The test officer was really nice to me, so I think that helped. By the way, I did the test during winter in Canada, but luckily that day there was no snowstorm ๐Ÿ˜‰

    No one is perfect; I also made mistakes during my exam, but I am sure he thought that these mistakes could be easily fixed.

    August 19, 2015 at 11:18 am Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      Great to hear you had a nice test officer! Mine was too ๐Ÿ™‚ I would have been even more nervous if I had to do the test on icy roads! I’ve never really driven on ice before. Where I live in New Zealand, it usually only rains during winter!

      August 19, 2015 at 11:29 am Reply
  • jessmcombs

    Congratulations!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    August 19, 2015 at 11:20 am Reply

    Well done Sophie! The instructor obviously knows that experience will make a good driver of you.
    Great post too, with great photos!

    August 19, 2015 at 11:46 am Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      Thanks heaps! Yeah, experience means a lot. Will continue to drive as often as I can!

      August 19, 2015 at 11:55 am Reply
  • Maree

    Well done! That’s awesome especially as I have heard the licence tests have become quite a bit stricter and more difficult than they used to. So that’s awesome!

    August 19, 2015 at 11:51 am Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      Yeah, but apparently the restricted is harder these days. The full is only 15-20 minutes now!

      August 19, 2015 at 11:56 am Reply
      • Maree

        Oh wow that is better! Congratulations all the same ๐Ÿ™‚ It makes life so much easier!

        August 19, 2015 at 1:21 pm Reply
  • John

    Congrats! I am not familiar with a Full License, glad you got it done. I recently had to do the driver test and almost failed. Scary!

    August 19, 2015 at 12:26 pm Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      In New Zealand there are three levels of licences – the learner’s licence, restricted licence and the full licence. On a learners you’re only able to drive with a supervisor in the car. On a restricted, you can drive by yourself during certain times, but can only carry passengers if the person sitting next to you has had their full licence for over 2 years. But on your full, you can do whatever you want pretty much! Haha.

      August 19, 2015 at 1:59 pm Reply
      • John

        I see, thanks for the explanation. There is a restricted license in my home state of Michigan which is for very young drivers 16 years to 18.

        August 19, 2015 at 3:30 pm Reply
  • Anand

    Congratulations. Welcome into the big league ๐Ÿ˜€

    August 19, 2015 at 12:49 pm Reply
  • Vibrant

    Congratulations Sophie ๐Ÿ™‚
    Beautiful pictures. Must have been a thrilling experience–I still have a learner’s licence ๐Ÿ™‚


    August 19, 2015 at 5:00 pm Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚ such a relief to have a full licence now!

      August 19, 2015 at 9:21 pm Reply
      • Vibrant

        Hahaha, yes ๐Ÿ™‚ Cheers ๐Ÿ™‚

        August 19, 2015 at 9:22 pm Reply
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    August 19, 2015 at 7:09 pm Reply
  • GeekKate

    Congrats Sophie!!! Oh my gosh, I was so nervous about taking my behind-the-wheel test for my license! The DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) in my town was really strict and I knew quite a few people from my high school who had to take the test multiple times because they made a few mistakes and were failed because of them. My dad had me take it in a different town, and while I was driving up there he really tested my nerves because he made me drive in the fast lane on the interstate but had me go really slow so I would get used to people getting mad at me and passing me/cutting me off. It was stressful but really helpful because that stuff happens a lot in California (and when I was in New York too!).

    I did make some mistakes on my own test, but it was just not looking over my shoulder as I parked next to a curb so I passed with no problem.

    How is it driving in NZ? I don’t know much about what the driving is like over there so I’m curious!

    <3 and harp strings,

    August 21, 2015 at 4:13 am Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      I took what’s called a Defensive Driving course before I took the test, which was really useful! The teacher talked about stuff that I hadn’t really thought about before, like the different types of drivers – the anxious, the over-confident, the emotional and the thrill seekers. It made me realise a lot about my own driving! The passing rate over here for people my age is just over 50%, so I was extremely nervous I would be part of the 50% that fail! Haha. Driving over here is interesting. There are lots of windy, narrow and steep roads, and unfortunately the road quality isn’t great. Unfortunately New Zealand has one of the highest death count per capita in the world when it comes to driving accidents. We only have around 4,5 million people over here, and already this year over 200 people have died!

      August 21, 2015 at 11:19 am Reply

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