So, here it is. The day of your driving test is upon you and you’re so nervous, you don’t know what to do with yourself. Here are a few hints and tips to relax you on your big day.
Put things into perspective
You’ve been learning to drive for so long that of course, you’re eager to pass your test. But try to remember that failure really isn’t the end of the world (even though it may feel like it at the time!). It’s obviously not ideal, but tests can be taken again and there are worse things that happen in the world than failing a test. If you can put things into perspective before your test, it might help you to feel a little more relaxed when you arrive.
Get to the Test Centre early
The likelihood is that you’ll have a lesson before your test but either way, make sure you arrive at the Test Centre early. You’re going to be stressed in the first place so turning up late isn’t going to help.
Have something to eat before you driving test
Make sure you’re not feeling hungry because you won’t be able to concentrate properly without food! Have a few sips of water before you take your test but be sensible! The last thing you want is to need the toilet five minutes in to your test!
Easier said than done, but try to breathe deeply. Try to remember that being uptight and stressed will not help the situation. A small amount of nerves is a good thing, but don’t let them take control! Concentrate on your breathing and try to take a family member or a friend along to help distract you when you’re at your most nervous.
Before your driving test, believe in yourself
You wouldn’t be taking your test if you weren’t ready. Remind yourself that you’ve put in a lot of hours and you can do this.
Congratulate yourself… whatever the result
It’s great when you pass your test – all of those hours you’ve put in have been rewarded. If you fail though, try to pick yourself up. You’ve done really well to get through the test and you will have probably made mistakes that you almost certainly won’t make again because they’ll be so clear in your head! If you tried your best, there’s nothing more that anybody can ask from you. The most important thing is not to give up.
- Anna Vaccaro