Hi everyone. I've been learning to drive for the best part of a year (however, I moved house halfway through learning so had to find a new instructor, and during this period didn't have a lesson for close to three months, so technically it's only been about 8 months of actual learning). I've been with my new instructor for around six weeks, and had my first mock test today. I completely and utterly failed, with 16 minors and six majors.
The majors were for:
1: Forgetting to stop at give way lines in a car park when a car was coming from the left, so instructor had to use his brakes (DUMB DUMB DUMB)
2: I mistakenly thought the car could go through a gap between a row of parked cars on the left and oncoming traffic. It couldn't, and again my instructor slammed on the brakes. Funnily enough, I thought "Huh, probably not gonna get through there..." as I drove up, but I still didn't stop! ARGH.
3: Hands crossed on the wheel when I was doing a turn in the road (didn't even know that would result in a serious).
4: Lane discipline (accidentally drifted into the left lane when going right at a roundabout. There was no car in the left lane, thankfully).
5: Forgot to put the car in 1st gear when moving off (DERP)
6: Didn't leave a large enough gap in front of a lorry when re-entering the left lane, after overtaking it on a dual carriageway
I'm SO annoyed. I have my own car, and have been driving totally fine with my parents, but as soon as I started my mock test it was one disaster after the other. Embarrassingly, I got so frustrated I began crying right in front of the instructor! He was very understanding and explained that the whole point of a mock test was to see where I was going wrong, but some of the mistakes I made seem so bloody basic for someone who's already been driving for the best part of ten months! DUMB DUMB DUMB!
Please reassure me that this is normal? My test isn't until mid January, but I'm so annoyed with myself right now, as most of the time I knew what mistakes I was making the instant after I made them.