Learner drivers can be nervous in a test environment – a common situation: This is where the understanding of human behaviour and traffic psychology becomes very important, no one is perfect – assessors or students. My learners recognise that ALL of us make mistakes – – The most important thing to remember in a test environment is that the assessor is only human too – they have families and daily situations in their lives just like my learners – their perspective of your driving skills is the best they can offer as an observing licensed driver in a small time frame – we respect their position and integrity – it’s not an easy job with a huge responsibility – to allow you onto the road.
There should be minimal feelings of insecurity or incompetency as a learner if you are trained well. You will be capable and it will be a choice to be “nervous” prior to an assessment. Candidates can became nervous because they made a mistake in the test and didn’t “put it behind” them and refocus.
WHY it’s preferable to teach automatic instead of manual?
It is simply so much easier to drive an automatic car under a test situation than a manual car. There is no chance of stalling, restarting, rolling back on hills, poor gear changes.
Under a test environment things don’t always go as planned. It is so much easier to pass a P test in an automatic car than in a manual car. A lot of focus and attention can be given to the road environment when not having to remember gear changing, particularly when performing the required manoeuvres of the P test. Secondly the cost of a test is such that if a gamble of passing is based on a learners competency then financially a learner would be better off sitting an automatic license test