Anthony Johnson, driveJohnson’s owner, has been asked this question time and time again in his 10 years of teaching learners how to drive. In this article, Anthony gives some great tips and advice on what to wear, so you can choose and outfit and concentrate fully on the driving test.
What to wear for your driving test
Should someone’s appearance matter? Should it matter if someone has tattoos all over their body and face? These are controversial questions that many would say do not matter.
However, according to Leonard Mlodinow, the best-selling author of Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behaviour, it does matter and I am inclined to agree with him.
If you are unsure of what to wear for your driving test, then carry on reading below for some dos and don’ts.
Don’t wear revealing clothing such as short skirts and low cut blouses. Unfortunately, some people still believe that wearing revealing clothing may assist in them passing their driving test with male examiners. Yes, there are more male examiners than female examiners, but please don’t think this will help sway the examiner’s thinking. There is a higher risk that they may think what you’re wearing is inappropriate for a driving test than be impressed.
If you like wearing short skirts then consider wearing tights.
Vests/low cut shorts: taking a driving test in the summer means wearing clothing that’s comfortable. Vests and low cut shorts are great for holidays but are not really suitable for a driving test. An easy alternative to this would be a t-shirt and knee length shorts with trainers. Definitely avoid flip flops. Sandals are okay if they are secured with a strap.
Wear clean clothes:
Although these two are comedy legends from Kevin and Perry, in the real world, wearing the same clothes everyday and then going for your driving test is not a good idea.
You don’t have to go and buy a brand new outfit, just try and ensure your clothes are clean on the day of your test. You will be nervous on the day of your test, that’s normal. If you find you sweat more under pressure then consider using an antiperspirant that says clinical protection/strength and also apply body spray to your clothing too. Talc powder also helps prevent sweating. Lastly, avoid spicy foods the night before the test or the day of your test too.
High heels and boots:
There’s usually nothing wrong with a high heel and trousers.
It can be a smart look that is suitable for day time as well as evenings. However, for the purpose of your driving test I would recommend wearing flats or trainers like Converse.
On the day of your driving test, clutch control is vital. Many pupils actually start shaking, especially during their manoeuvre. Having close contact with the pedals is vital for sensitivity purposes, especially when controlling the clutch at slow speeds. Other types of footwear you should refrain from wearing are: Ugg boots, Timberlands, Doctor Martins and generally anything with a thick sole. Flip flops are also considered by many driving examiners as inappropriate.
What should you wear?
This isn’t fashion advice, but, in my opinion, these are some looks that are a safe bet when it comes to what you should wear for your driving test.
Look One: This is a classic smart/casual fashionable look. He’s wearing Vans trainers that go well with jeans and ultimately it’s comfortable.
Look Two: This is not ‘Harry from One Direction’ by the way. Skinny jeans and shirt with plimsols is comfortable too.
Look Three: It’s a smart casual look, again that’s ultimately comfortable and she’s wearing plimsols to ensure good clutch control.
Look Four: This look is only possible with tights really. If it’s a hot summer day then I would refrain from wearing shorts this short. However, with tights it’s definitely suitable and it’s comfortable.
Hopefully, this article has put to bed any rumours or stories of what to wear. If you follow the above guidelines you will have one less thing to worry about on your driving test.
Good luck on the day of your driving test!
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