Nothing to fear but flunking itself: Dutch start driving test for people too stressed to passBy AP
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Dutch start driving exam for those who fear test
AMSTERDAM — Some people flunk their driving tests because they can’t parallel park. Others flunk for not entering traffic safely. And an unlucky few flunk for fear of flunking itself.
In response, the Netherlands has launched a special driving exam for people who suffer from acute test anxiety.
Examiners try to put test-takers at ease. The exam pace is leisurely, and drivers are allowed to take a “time out” if the pressure becomes too much for them.
But won’t this put people behind the wheel who are liable to freeze in the face of a stressful traffic situation?
No, spokeswoman Irene Heldens of the country’s Licensing Bureau said Thursday. Test anxiety is not linked to poor performance in real life.
“It will remain safe on the roads,” she said.