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Failed my driving test :( feeling bad and really need some advise on what to do,help!

After first aid, theory, many practical lessons, cours de circulation I failed my driving test the first time I am feeling quite bad. Reasons were, I entered in highway too slow and in general was hesitating in making decisions, like I was driving 40 in 50 zone.

Now the problem is that I am leaving to Mexico for two years (might be more) as my husband got a job there. But will be coming back to Geneva at some point. I am leaving by mid June. What should I do? I am so confused, should I spend more crazy money on booking test, car and lesson (I dont have my own car) and keep trying until I leave, or should I send all this to hell and get a licence in Mexico (where they give it to you without a road test) and come back here and try to take just one test to change it? May be I need more practice to get more confidence although my instructor thinks I am very good and might have done mistakes due to nervousness of the test. Please advise as I am feeling horrible for spending so much money
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Re: Failed my driving test :( feeling bad and really need some advise on what to do,h

If you want come back one day here , be sure that will be problem for you because your last test will be registred with them and may be you will not be able to change your mexico license to swiss one
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Re: Failed my driving test :( feeling bad and really need some advise on what to do,h

Dont spend more money here.
Go mexico, learn, gain experience driving there.
in 2 years youll be more experience and you'll pass the test again.
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Re: Failed my driving test :( feeling bad and really need some advise on what to do,h

If you pass the test in Mexico can you not come back here, drive for a year on the licence and then just swap it for a Swiss one?
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If you pass the test in Mexico can you not come back here, drive for a year on the licence and then just swap it for a Swiss one?
Nope, new exam here to convert it.

In mexico, you really don't need to do any exam - it's pretty literally pay the fee and you get it.

Go back, do the exam again.
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Re: Failed my driving test :( feeling bad and really need some advise on what to do,h

I'm with CorsebouTheReturn.

Learn to drive in Mexico, and if you can do it there, you'll be able to do it here, which will give you the confidence to learn to drive here and pass any test you may or may not have to do when you get back.

Added to which, you think you are coming back, but who knows, you might end up being posted elsewhere, so focus on what you need where you are now, rather than what you may need based on where you may be.
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After first aid, theory, many practical lessons, cours de circulation I failed my driving test the first time I am feeling quite bad. Reasons were, I entered in highway too slow and in general was hesitating in making decisions, like I was driving 40 in 50 zone.

Now the problem is that I am leaving to Mexico for two years (might be more) as my husband got a job there. But will be coming back to Geneva at some point. I am leaving by mid June. What should I do? I am so confused, should I spend more crazy money on booking test, car and lesson (I dont have my own car) and keep trying until I leave, or should I send all this to hell and get a licence in Mexico (where they give it to you without a road test) and come back here and try to take just one test to change it? May be I need more practice to get more confidence although my instructor thinks I am very good and might have done mistakes due to nervousness of the test. Please advise as I am feeling horrible for spending so much money
Sorry to hear that you failed, but it happens to many people. I also did the first time. The thing is that to pass the test here you have to be really confident and that comes only with practice. If you can get a car and drive every day for 2 hours, you may gain the necessary confidence and take the test again before you leave for Mexico. If you can't do this, then perhaps you can consider the option above -- get your licence in Mexico and practice there. Just check before you leave if the fact that you have tried and failed the test here can block your application for a foreign licence conversion in the future. Remember also that if you fail the conversion test you have to go back to square one -- the first aid, theory etc.
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Re: Failed my driving test :( feeling bad and really need some advise on what to do,h

I took my driving test 27 years ago in the and failed it first time - the mistakes I made were more due to nerves.

Coming up to the retake, my dad took me out driving for a few hours each day. We'd start at the driving test centre and drive around all the different routes so by test day I knew all the tricky spots.

If you really want to retake your test, I would recommend rebooking it, and finding a friend who can help you practice each day, starting at the driving test centre and exploring all the different roads and routes.

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Re: Failed my driving test :( feeling bad and really need some advise on what to do,h

Why would you even bother paying for lessons here?

In mexico it will be at least 5 times less expensive. Drive as much as you want over there, learn well, follow the rules, etc. You have two years, you can even buy a car and become an experienced driver by time you have to come back.

When you come back you can take 1 or 2 hours to make sure you will pass and then go for the exam.
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Learn to drive in Mexico, and if you can do it there, you'll be able to do it here
I doubt that someone driving like a Mexican will past the test in Switzerland.
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Re: Failed my driving test :( feeling bad and really need some advise on what to do,h

Don't worry - I only passed the 3rd time (in Holland) and am a great driver ten years later (or so I am told . Also, I know almost nobody who made it the first time there (maybe it is just a Dutch thing Experience is the key indeed, but also experience with the test - next time you will know what is expected and will feel more comofortable. If I were you I would try again here as some habits learned in Mexico might give you trouble passing the test when you come back to Switzerland - passing the test is also about doing certain things exactly like they want them done here, which is taught by your Swiss instructor. You can unlearn those again after getting your license though
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Re: Failed my driving test :( feeling bad and really need some advise on what to do,h

Most people who have had the license for a couple of years would probably fail too, should they be subject to a re-test.

So, don't count too much on the driving experience in Mexico...
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Re: Failed my driving test :( feeling bad and really need some advise on what to do,h

Its true that I was very nervous and might not be too nervous the second time. Sorry for my ignorance about car related issues as I never owned a car but is it true that you pay less car insurance if you have a swiss licence? And if I am travelling to Canada with my mexican licence would it be the same if I rent a car as with a swiss licence? Would really appreciate if anyone can give me some info and thanks everyone for the replies so far.
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If you pass the test in Mexico can you not come back here, drive for a year on the licence and then just swap it for a Swiss one?
I have been told that once I am officially not resident here my previous test records etc dont count. I can take the test to change the licence. The first aid course is valid for six years and if I fail the only test to change the licence I can use my first aid card and wont need to do it again.
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I doubt that someone driving like a Mexican will past the test in Switzerland.
You are, of course, entitled to your opinion. However, the OP spoke about being nervous. If you/one can cope with the streets of Mexico, you/one should, IMO, be able to cope with the streets of Geneva without even thinking about it. I said nothing about driving like a Mexican (not that I know what they drive like...).
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Nope, new exam here to convert it.

In mexico, you really don't need to do any exam - it's pretty literally pay the fee and you get it.

Go back, do the exam again.
Not true, at least it depends in where you live in Mexico, I made test for Monterrey and Merida and first the theorical and well.. the practical its just to be able to park your car, but the theorical is not really easy sometimes.
You also need to change your licence every 3 years in Merida, dont remember Monterrey, but I know in DF they give you licence for life.

To OP, so sorry for that. Practice as much as you can in Mexico, the daily basis driving will build up your confidence and even if you need to go trough all paper work again i think you will have enough confidence not to fail the test. Best luck and enjoy the beautiful warm country you will be living soon.
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I doubt that someone driving like a Mexican will past the test in Switzerland.
This is the first time I ever groan at someone in the forum and i've seen many nasty comments and still hold my groan away, but you just hit the nerve.
Im mexican by the way and im sure lots of mexicans in the forum has swiss licence.
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You are, of course, entitled to your opinion. However, the OP spoke about being nervous. If you/one can cope with the streets of Mexico, you/one should, IMO, be able to cope with the streets of Geneva without even thinking about it. I said nothing about driving like a Mexican (not that I know what they drive like...).
This is exactly I have been told by many people who have been driving in Nairobi, Moscow, Mexico city etc. They said that once you drive there, driving in Geneva will be just a piece of cake. So I hope I will manage to drive there.
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Hi Bishy, don't be disappointed. The purpose of passing the exam is not to get a ID card license, but to be sure you already know that rules and won't be a danger to yourself or other drivers/pedestrains/cyclists etc.

I previously posted a thread on my driving experience. I started my practical lessons on 5 March and was due for my test on 19 May. But some family complications came up, and I asked my teacher to change my date to 21st April, and I passed the first time. Initially, I was very concerned (I was 7 months pregnant when I started and have 2 children under 5 years). My husband made me very nervous (I still can't park when he is in the car with me) and probably your nervousness was due to someone else in the car.

I had the same thoughts that if I failed, I will continue to learn in Asia. But the problem is that I'd have to take the theory and other courses all over again (and perhaps in a foreign language!) That would cost more money, and by the time I want to try again here, my theory test results and first aid course will be invalid. And I'd have to do it all over again, i.e. more money and time!!

If I had failed, I'd tried again in May. Perhaps take another 5 or 10 lessons to just practise over 2-3 weeks. Practise is the main help. In a new country with a new job, will your husband be able to help you practise more? Here is my teacher's number, Silvia 079 479 7606. She is super patient and focussed.

You are nearly there!!!! Try again. Get a new test date. Try again. The cheapest thing you can do is just to finish off what you started while you are on a roll!
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Hi Bishy, don't be disappointed. The purpose of passing the exam is not to get a ID card license, but to be sure you already know that rules and won't be a danger to yourself or other drivers/pedestrains/cyclists etc.

I previously posted a thread on my driving experience. I started my practical lessons on 5 March and was due for my test on 19 May. But some family complications came up, and I asked my teacher to change my date to 21st April, and I passed the first time. Initially, I was very concerned (I was 7 months pregnant when I started and have 2 children under 5 years). My husband made me very nervous (I still can't park when he is in the car with me) and probably your nervousness was due to someone else in the car.

I had the same thoughts that if I failed, I will continue to learn in Asia. But the problem is that I'd have to take the theory and other courses all over again (and perhaps in a foreign language!) That would cost more money, and by the time I want to try again here, my theory test results and first aid course will be invalid. And I'd have to do it all over again, i.e. more money and time!!

If I had failed, I'd tried again in May. Perhaps take another 5 or 10 lessons to just practise over 2-3 weeks. Practise is the main help. In a new country with a new job, will your husband be able to help you practise more? Here is my teacher's number, Silvia 079 479 7606. She is super patient and focussed.

You are nearly there!!!! Try again. Get a new test date. Try again. The cheapest thing you can do is just to finish off what you started while you are on a roll!
Thanks for your encouragement. My first priority is also to be safe on the road, for myself, my kids and also for other road users. I cant imagine harming anyone and it is true that I am a bit slow as I am very prudent.

The thing which really makes me feel bad is, as you said, I am almost and am not able to decide
I dont have my own car so every hour of practice is costing me 90 fr. Thats why I cant make up my mind if I should spend more money or should I practice in Mexico? I am not even sure if I will be able to get my permanent swiss licence if I pass. As they will issue me a temporary one for three years and then I have to do further courses and get my permanent one after 3 years. Will I be able to get the permanent one if I leave the country for a few years?
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