Hitting the Road
Don’t be mad if your driving instructor doesn’t give the go-ahead for the driving test yet. He will only do that if he's sure you’re ready, which means he’s acting in your own interest.
Sooner or later, the big day will arrive!
Most probably, you will be a bit nervous. This is perfectly normal! Here are some things you should do to make sure everything goes smoothly:
- On the day of the test, be sure to arrive on time, well-rested and not in a rush.
- Bring your passport or German ID because the examiner will have to establish proof of identity.
- Don’t forget your glasses or contact lenses if you need them.
- Think positive – an optimistic attitude will make getting through the test much easier.
Five rules to conquer test anxiety:
- Pretend that the test is just a regular driving lesson.
- Ask your instructor to give you practice tests in the driving lessons leading up to the real test.
- During the test, don’t be afraid to ask if you’re confused by the examiner’s instructions.
- Request a short break if your hands or legs begin to tremble.
- Don’t panic if you’ve made a mistake – remain calm, correct the mistake if possible, and move on.
How the driving test is conducted
Shortly before the test begins, you will meet the TÜV SÜD examiner who will conduct your test. This is your chance to ask any questions you might have.
Then, the test begins:
- Take your time to adjust your “cockpit” (side and interior mirrors, steering wheel, backrest incline, headrest) – and don’t forget to buckle up!
- The examiner will give you some information about test procedures.
- Now, you can start driving.
Please keep in mind: TÜV SÜD examiners are not “out to get you.” In fact, they want to see you get your license. They understand that you’re a bit nervous, and of course they are aware that you’re still a relatively inexperienced driver. So don’t get too upset over small mistakes or imperfections. And if you do fail, there’s no shame at all in trying again.