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How to deal with driving test nerves

While we can’t guarantee that all our students will pass first time, we do have some tips and tricks to make that more likely. Here’s our guide to dealing with driving test nerves!

Before Your Driving Test

  1. Prepare in depth – take lots of mock tests and ensure you have the experience of passing with ease long before you take either your theory or practical tests. This means you can focus on any areas of weakness that emerge through your mocks.
  2. Don’t talk too much – if you fail you’ll feel bad about having to tell everybody you didn’t nail it first time and it will add to the pressure to pass, so keep your test date to yourself and maybe one good friend and then you can delight everybody if you pass.
  3. Do your homework – travel the route to your test centre a couple of times before your test date so that you know how much time to leave for your journey and also have an idea of the layout of the place, all of which helps boost your confidence.
  4. Be ready the night before – pack all the documents you need to take along, remember your driving license, theory pass certificate and the letter or (printed) email confirming your test. Lay out what you’re going to wear, including sensible shoes that you’ve practiced driving in and a favourite T-shirt or top that gives you confidence.

On The Day of Your Test

  1. Eat well – a banana for breakfast is a great idea, as it contains tryptophan which helps the body produce serotonin – a chemical that makes you feel positive. Put an energy bar in your pocket and take a bottle of water, so that if you start to feel hungry/thirsty you’re all set for a great start to the day.
  2. Take some time – Spend five minutes getting your test into perspective. We know how important your test is – nobody could have a bigger investment in our students’ success than we do! But it helps to be realistic – there are loads of things going on in the world that won’t be influenced by whether you pass or fail … knowing that the world won’t end if you fail can help you relax which is more likely to lead to success in the long run.
  3. Be able to distract yourself – remember that energy bar and bottle of water? Add to them a good book, a sudoku or just a fantastic game on your phone and you’ll be able to cope with any waiting time comfortably rather than getting all hung up with test nerves.
  4. Practice your breathing – it’s useful to know how to do a deep breathing exercise so that you can calm your body; focusing on your breathing allows you to take control of your heart-rate which means you can stop panic before it starts.
  5. Take your time getting the vehicle set up – remember to open the window a crack, even if it’s cold or raining; the fresh air will reinvigorate you and keep you alert as well as reminding you to focus on your calming deep breathing.

While these tips may not seem to have a great deal to do with your driving test, our expert instructors will already have given you all the training and skills you need to pass, these techniques just keep you relaxed and confident so you can put all those skills into practice with a successful test result!