Fulfilling the requirements to get a drivers license can carry with it lots of stress. For some, the written test is a real nailbiter. Attempting to get past this first step of the licensing process has delayed many new drivers in their efforts to get behind the wheel. The written test can be difficult as is proven by a study recently performed by CarInsurance.com. The study revealed that nearly 4 out of 10 licensed drivers could not pass the written test. While this may come as a small consolation if you have failed your permit test, I’m not sure I’m excited about the idea of sharing the road with drivers like these. Unless you’re planning on becoming a chemist, it’s probably okay to promptly forget everything you memorized to pass a science test. On the other hand, remembering the information contained on a driving test is important for the safety of everyone.
You Are Not Alone
Here are some rather notable examples of drivers who may have been less than stellar in their efforts to get or maintain a license.
A Korean woman named Cha Sa-soon made it into the Guinness Book of World Records after finally passing her written test after 960 attempts. She is probably also the record holder for a most expensive license as her retakes cost her the equivalent of $10,000 US dollars.
Edythe Kirchmair became the oldest driver in California after receiving her license at the age of 105. It is unclear if it took her that long because of failures or because she simply waited longer than everyone else.
NASCAR driver Kyle Busch once competed in a race even though someone else had to drive him to the track. His driver’s license had been suspended after being ticketed for doing 128 mph in a 45 mph zone.
So What’s the Secret?
If the day of your written test is fast approaching, the following tips may improve your chances of success.
Don’t wait until the night before – Permit tests cover a wide variety of topics and attempting to cram them all into your head in the 11th hour is a recipe for disaster.
Divide and conquer – Using a calendar, break the driver handbook into his many pieces as you have days remaining between you and the test. Do your best to focus on only one topic a day. You should also take advantage of the many practice tests available online.
Use good study skills – To remember the facts you’ll need to know to pass the test; it’s usually not enough to simply read and reread the driver handbook. Instead, read intentionally using a highlighter to mark important information and underline key points. To really check your understanding, close the book and write a summary of what you have just learned then refer back to the book to check for accuracy.
Don’t go tired into test day – There is no denying the fact that a rested brain will outperform a sleepy one. To get your best rest, try to avoid any electronic devices for at least two hours before putting your head on the pillow.
I once had a teacher who encouraged her students that “proper preparation prevents poor performance.” Improve your chances of success by preparing well. Hopefully, you’ll not only pass the test now but will be able to pass it again later unlike those four out of 10 drivers in the CarInsurance.com study.