We know that the time leading up to your driving test can be one of the most scariest things you encounter. However, we have the best tips to ensure you remain calm, confident and come out of your test being able to drive yourself home!
Your instructor will often recommend a mock test before the real thing. Make sure you’ve attempted at least one of these – preferably several – and that you can pass them before you even apply for the real thing.
The night before your driving test, make sure you have all the documents you need for your test ready. These include your driving licence, theory test certificate, and confirmation email/letter of the appointment.
Food and Drink
Have a banana for breakfast. Bananas are well known among instructors as the driving test superfood, as they’re full of B vitamins and contain tryptophan – a type of protein the body converts into serotonin, the ‘happy hormone’ – which will help calm your nerves and keep your mood upbeat.
Nerves can reduce your appetite, but it’s important to at least eat something so you have enough energy for the day and can concentrate. Don’t drink energy drinks or too much coffee before a test, as caffeine can heighten your nerves.
Get familiar with the location of the test centre
It’s a good idea to visit the driving test centre before the driving test itself, especially if you haven’t already been there during your lessons. This will help you get used to the location and understand what goes on inside the centre. It’s best to get there early on the day, as rushing will just add to your nerves.
Sitting in the waiting room before your driving test is often the time when people feel the most anxious, so it’s a good idea to bring a distraction such as a book or a game on your phone.
Breathing exercises are an effective calming technique, so focus as you inhale and exhale. This will have a soothing effect and stop your heart from racing. Laughing is also a great remedy for nerves and helps to boost your mood, so why not watch or read something that really makes you giggle? Remember that this is the worst bit, and most people find their nerves ease once they’re on the road.
In the car
The examiner is human and they’re not there to fail you – they want you to pass – so don’t be afraid to talk to them as it may put you at ease. There’s nothing wrong with asking the examiner a question or asking them to repeat an instruction if you didn’t hear it, either.
Open the window to let in some fresh air if you’re feeling hot and flustered – this can also help to keep you alert. Watch your speed, too. People sometimes speed up when they’re nervous, so just imagine you’re on a normal lesson, breathe, and focus.