So I failed my driving test. Twice. And I was in a ‘mood’ about it for over a year, as somebody who struggles with anxiety after the first time I was upset but I was determined to smash it second time. However, anxiety got the better of me and I failed again. For over a year I couldn’t bring myself to get back behind the wheel, not because I was scared of driving but because I was scared of failing again.

I had a bad experience in my second test. The first test I took it was completely my fault and the fault of the silly errors I made but in the second test my examiner shouted at me and also lied to my instructor about what I’d done wrong in the test. Hence making me very anxious about doing it again.

It’s been over a year since I failed the second test and I although I am still incredibly anxious about the prospect of failing again I am determined to get back in and prove that I can drive, and drive well! I absolutely love driving; I’ve always been more of a ‘practical’ learner and find doing things the best way of learning. Failing hugely knocked my confidence and I managed to convince myself that I am destined to never ever pass but I know in reality that’s just me being daft.

So after much deliberation I think I am finally ready to get back behind the wheel and hopefully pass third time lucky. I want people to know that they’re not alone in feeling like once they’ve failed that they’ll ‘never pass’ because that’s exactly the mindset I’ve been in the past year but it’s about challenging those thoughts, reminding yourself that you CAN do it and with the right help and training you will pass.

There are a fair few tools to help you through both your theory and your practical test. You can buy the DTS DVD/computer software, download the app, use the website tips and I’ve been using the DTS Anytime software.

The DTS anytime software is perfect for just that, anywhere, anytime. Once you have the software you can access it on your laptop, phone or tablet. I have it on my tablet so I can get it out when I’m relaxing in the evening on the sofa, sitting on the bus or at a coffee shop! There’s a lot of help with theory on the app but there are also videos and tutorials related to the practical test. Although I’ve already passed my theory, I’ve found it really useful to go back through the theory questions and information because obviously, it’s relevant to your practical driving, such as signs, stopping distances, and general road safety.

Although I’m scared, I also now know the test format. I’ve done it twice before so it won’t be alien to me. It’s also only roughly 40 minutes of your life.  If I can get back in, so can you!

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