Driving test nerves


Driving test booked! You feel ready, and importantly – your Driving Instructor feels you’re ready! But now the thought of taking your driving  test is scaring the life out of you.  This is entirely normal, you’re only human.  Most people feel nervous and indeed being a little nervous will help you to stay focused on your test.  However, you do need to be realistic. If you are overly nervous this could affect the outcome.   ( Main reasons for failing )

If you are feeling very nervous at the thought of the driving test, talk to your instructor about how you feel and if your test is close it may be a good idea to put it back a bit.

You should have already done some mock tests with your instructor.  You could ask your instructor to arrange a mock test with another instructor.   Remember, the “driving test is just like a mock test” and this will help you to feel a lot more relaxed and confident on the big day.

Its also a good idea to have someone sit in the back of the car on a lesson or two  (a friend or one of your parents).  Normally you will probably only have had your instructor sat next to on your lessons, so by having someone in the car as well as yourself and your Instructor, this will help you to feel more at ease with a different pair of eyes watching you.  Occasionally during the driving tests there could be a supervising  examiner sitting in the back of the car.  There is no need to worry if this happening on your test as they take no part at all in your test and they’re only there to make sure the examiner is carrying out the test correctly.

Don’t worry about the driving examiner they may look official with their clip board and the high vis vests (which they have to wear for safety reasons only).  Ignore the stories you may have heard such as “the examiner did not like me” or they are only allowed to let so many pass a day/week etc.  This is just not true and probably used as an excuse by someone who had failed their test.  The examiner may not talk to you much apart for giving you directions.  This is only to allow you to concentrate on your driving.  They are there to assess you driving just like your instructor will do when you are doing a mock test.  Don’t change your driving, just drive as you would with your instructor and try not to think on it as a test.  Try to  imagine that you are with a friend who you are giving a lift to and you are following their directions and instructions to your destination. Or, you could imagine the examiners voice is a satnat voice giving instructions to get to your destination.  In my experience, the driving examiners want you to pass and they would sooner give you good news that you have passed the test.  So long as you are driving to the standard required, which you should already be doing if you are taking the driving test then you will pass

  • Booking a morning test means that you will not have as long to think about it.
  • Don’t tell too many of your friends when you going to take the test as this could but you under more pressure.
  • Breathing exercises can help to keep you calm  –  breathe slowly in through your nose and then breath out through your mouth.
  • Don’t eat a big meal before your test as this can make you tired and sluggish.
  • Eat a banana as apparently they can help to keep you calm as they contain tryptophan (whatever that is)! Its a protein that your body turns into serotonin which helps you to relax and feel happier!!
  • Get a few good nights sleeps on the run up to your test so as to feel at your best on test day.

if you have any suggestions that work for you or you think may help other people to keep calm then please help by e -mailing the suggestions from the home page and I will include them to this post. Thanks John A Star