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.
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 café 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.
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.
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?