Nervous about sitting your driving test? You’re not alone!
How to overcome driving test nerves
It’s essential that you feel confident BEFORE you put in for your test. You have to believe that you can do it, and just remember your instructor wouldn’t have recommended you apply if they didn’t think you were good enough!
Practise makes perfect when dealing with driving test nerves.
Make sure that you have practised all the manoeuvres and driving routines that you could be tested on in your exam plenty of times before your test.
The worst thing that can happen is that you start your driving test uncertain of a particular manoeuvre and the examiner then asking you to complete it. This will not help your nerves! If you are struggling on a particular manoeuvre ask your instructor to spend more time on this until you feel confident.
Hints and Tips from other learner drivers to help banish those driving test nerves
Here are some hints and tips from other learner drivers about how they overcame driving test nerves:
- Think of all the good times that you’re going to have when you pass your test
- Imagine that you’re a taxi driver and you’re taking someone home and have to follow their directions.
- Chill out with friends before your test to help relax
- Chewing on chewing gum
- Bach’s rescue remedy
- Have a positive attitude – “I will try my best but if I fail then at least I’ve tried”
- Don’t have a big meal before your test – it will make you feel sluggish and tired
- Ask your instructor to sit in on your test – a familiar face in the car can make you feel more at ease
- Nelson’s Back Rescue Remedy
- Don’t tell everybody when your test is!
- Eat a bowl of porridge before your test
- Beta Blockers
- Listen to music before your test