Will I ever get my license?
June 7, 2014 6:46 PM Subscribe
I've failed my US road test (in NH) -- twice! The first time, six months ago, I messed up in a roundabout, missing my exit because I couldn't find the street the examiner wanted me to take, and slowing down too much while looking for it. I didn't have a chance to to take the test again till last week, and had very little driving practice in the intervening time.
Once again, the roundabout got the better of me, indirectly. I didn't check for traffic to yield, and when the examiner pointed that out, I got so flummoxed that I cruised through a stop sign -- an instant fail. I'm usually an overly cautious driver, so running a stop sign was super uncharacteristic of me.
I'm extremely dejected and depressed about this. I'm 29, and feel like a loser for not being able to do what almost every 16 year old can. If I fail my third test, my learner's privileges get revoked and I need to attend a court hearing or something. I really do not want it to come to that!
I think my main issue is that I have trouble keeping track of too many things at once, especially in town squares where the tests tend to be. My instinct is to slow down, hesitate, and take a moment to process it all. I'm a bit dreamy and distractible in general, which doesn't help. I'm fine on the highway and country roads where things are more predictable, and I actually enjoy driving then, but roundabouts and confusing intersections send me into panic mode. Besides just getting more practice before my third try, what can I do? Are there video games that will help become a better driver? Mindfulness or medication techniques to keep me alert?