For some people taking their driving test is one of the most nerve-wracking experiences of their lives. It’s easy to feel weighed down by pressure to pass your test no matter whether it’s your first, second, third, fourth or even fifth test. Thinking about how ecstatic you will feel and the freedom that it will give you when you’ve finally got that pass certificate in your hands is enough to send butterflies flying around your stomach. Then there are the further costs that you would have to pay out for another test and more lessons if you were to fail. Not forgetting the nervous friends and family members that are all going to be desperate to hear the result of your test. There’s no doubt that taking your driving test is a nail-biting experience.
Although a few nerves and a little bit of adrenaline is said to help your performance during a driving test, if you’re feeling overly jittery and anxious it could have a negative impact on your performance, so it’s important to find the right balance. We’ve come up with five tips for calming your nerves before your driving test to give yourself the best chance possible on your big day!
Don’t tell everyone when you test is – Taking your driving test is nerve-wracking enough without putting any added pressure on yourself by telling all your friends and family when it is. If you’re inundated with texts and calls from well-wishers before you go for your test then it’s only going to make you feel under more pressure to pass so try to tell as few people as possible.
Book your test for early in the day – If you know that you’re prone to getting worked up and nervous about things then make sure that you book your test for early in the day so that you have less time to get nervous about it. If you really can’t get an early appointment then make sure you have something organised to do in the morning to keep yourself busy and your mind distracted.
Make sure you’ve had something to eat and drink – This point is extremely important but also be careful not to go overboard! Eating a big meal before your test could leave you feeling uncomfortable and sluggish, but if you haven’t eaten anything then you may find it hard to concentrate. A banana is a great pre-test snack as it will top-up your potassium levels which drop during stressful times. Avoid drinking energy drinks or caffeine as they could end up making you feel even more nervous and jittery.
Be confident and positive – A Little bit of positive thinking can go a long way in calming you nerves, even if you don’t feel very confident try to trick yourself into feeling confident. Just remember that you’re driving instructor wouldn’t have let you put in for your test if he or she didn’t think that you were capable of passing.
Make sure you’re familiar with the test centre – In the run up to your test make sure that your driving instructor takes you around some of the roads near the test centre which you’ll be taking your test at. Make sure that you are familiar with the test centre and the test routes so that it doesn’t feel as daunting on the day.
Keep calm and good luck!