Fight Or Flight – Passing Your Test

So the latest passer is Saba Ambreen who had an amazing drive last week at West Didsbury Test Center and managed to pass with only 2 minor faults. This carries on a great standard for the year so far for me as every pupil that has passed with me in 2014 has had only 4 minors or less. I can only thank all my pupils for setting such a high standard and really pulling it out of the bag on the day. 

Not everybody finds it so easy on test day though. No matter how many lessons you have had or how prepared and experienced you are there is always the chance of an upset on the day. For some it’s an unexpected situation that you couldn’t possibly plan for, or it may be a brief second of brain freeze in critical moment or maybe it was just the nerves on the day that got to you. In my experience it’s never lack of knowledge or ability that leads to the dreaded words from the examiners lips “I’m sorry but you haven’t passed on this occasion” It’s usually something much more psychological that’s to blame. The reason you feel nerves in the first place is because or a relic left over from the Neanderthal man called the fight or flight response. In prehistoric times when presented with a sticky situation the appropriate reaction would always have been one requiring maximum physical performance. For example to stand and fight for your life or run like hell (fight or flight). The body releases adrenalin and diverts blood from areas like the brain to all the limbs, heart and lungs increasing heart rate and blood pressure enabling peak performance. This response would help the potential victim survive such a threat to life.

Passing Your Test

However in the modern day life or in this case the driving test this response has nothing but a negative effect. The response is triggered by a stressful event like an unexpected situation on test, or even just simply the test itself and once triggered the body prepares for battle leaving brain activity decreased, impaired hearing and even loss of peripheral sight (tunnel vision). All of which put you in a less than ideal state of mind to deal with the test. It’s easy for us to just say “keep calm and you’ll be fine” but actually doing this is another matter. 

For these reasons you need to be not only fully prepared for your driving test in your skills and knowledge but also in your mind. At Freeway Driving school I adopt a range of recognised techniques to not only prepare you physically for the test but most importantly mentally also. Call today to book a course of driving lessons. See the number at top.