Yesterday and today I had customers who successfully passed their road tests, a Class 7 and a Class 5, at the Point Grey licensing office. I was particularly gratified with their results because of the events leading up to their road tests.
Today’s student had already taken the Class 7 road test and failed. She had been taking lessons with another driving school, and her instructor, in my opinion, was less than professional. Apparently he was reluctant to give any positive feedback. Criticism, definitely not constructive, was the foundation of his instruction. Then the road test – the examiner was definitely not Miss Congeniality that day. She made it clear that the student’s driving sucked, and the teacher was able to gloat and say, “I told you so.” But when I saw her driving, I thought, no problem, she should pass her road test. She had a couple of areas that needed fine-tuning, needed a boost in her confidence, but otherwise was good to go. Her practice before the road test was great, she was confident, and she pulled it off. It wasn’t a perfect road test, but the examiner saw what I did – someone who was definitely qualified to drive on her own.
Yesterday’s student was an S.F.U. student originally from Macau. She had already taken her Class 5 road test twice in Burnaby, with unsuccessful results both times. Again the examiners wanted her to know that her driving sucked. So what’s the problem? She, like most examinees, felt that she should have passed. Her confidence had taken a hit.
The student lives in Burnaby, but was able to get a road test appointment in Point Grey, so she decided to give it a shot there. Looking for a Vancouver driving school, she contacted New Day Driving School (me), the Point Grey road test expert. We spent some time going over the Point Grey road test routes and working on the areas that needed to be addressed. On her road test yesterday, she got the same examiner who my other student failed with. Again, the examiner agreed with my assessment – this young lady was definitely qualified to drive on her own, and she passed her road test. It’s amazing how a little confidence can turn things around.
It can be discouraging and frustrating to fail your road test, especially if your driving teacher is not supportive, and the driver examiner is intent on letting you know how brutal your driving is. It is easy to lose your confidence without someone on your side. One of my goals is to build your confidence and have you attend your road test ready and confident that you can pass. If you are planning on taking the Point Grey road test, give yourself the New Day advantage. And if your driving sucks, at least I’ll tell you in a nice way.