When the examiner approaches your vehicle do not stare at the person as they approach you. Think about your first step to begin the road test. Be sure to exit the vehicle or be ready in the driver seat before the examiner gets there. This prevents any allowance for a bad start to the test. Do not begin to prejudge the person as being nice or mean - this will corrupt your driving. Say hello in a gentle and kind manor and do not expect any response. But, if a response is returned, express that you are really nervous about the test and end the discussion.
Next, listen carefully to your instructions. Do not anticipate anything that you think the examiner wants you to do. They do want you to drive safely!
When you are asked to start the car, repeat the keyword "START" out loud. Do not worry about what it may sound like to the examiner. If the vehicle is already started, then confirm that by checking the gauges - are they up? This is important because when you are nervous you may attempt to do too many unnecessary things, such are starting the engine twice or not putting the vehicle in drive before trying to leave the curb.
After leaving the curb, check yourself. Try to relax your muscles by leaning back into the seat, if you cannot relax, then you will find yourself sweating. Do not hold your breath for long periods or breath too fast. Do this by speaking when the examiner speaks. Repeat what they have said to you! Got it? Ok, got it!
Stay away from ideas like thinking of the examiner in their underwear. Be determined. You are there to prove to yourself and them that you are a more capable driver than your feelings betray. Now is the time. Make your emotions and thoughts as blank as possible by listening carefully and reasonably utilizing all your senses, but not so much that you cannot respond to instructions.
If you find yourself not being able to respond to instructions well, it is because you are being too self aware. This is called "blanking out". Once again, repeat the instructions that the examiner gives you before the point where you must execute the maneuver.
If and when you make a mistake, accept responsibility for it and ask the examiner if you can try again. The examiner can often be more understanding for mistakes that are not dangerous. So forget about that mistake and perform the next task beautifully.
After the test is finished and you stop at the curb, you may find yourself trembling. Look at your hands. That is because your adrenaline was very high and now there is nothing else to do. Congratulations! You did it.
This section responds to questions or comments below this line. All DMV road test appointments are scheduled for that particular road test site. There will be no DMV office there. All road test appointments and site locations are often a few miles away from any DMV offices. The permit test, license renewal and photo for example, are done only at the DMV office.