You may be able to drive well on lessons, but what happens when nerves get the better of you on your test?
You may be up to the required ‘physical’ standard to pass your test, but are you ‘mentally’ prepared?
The eBook below describes some of the techniques we will use to help you to banish driving test nerves and anxiety, help you to perform at your best on your driving test and to eliminate all negative thoughts of any previous tests that you may have failed.
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With thanks to Diane Hall DVSA(ADI), TFT-Advanced, a driving instructor and therapist rolled into one, with over 16 years experience helping learners & driving instructors to combat those test day nerves.
Nine Top Tips!
that will help you pass first time 🙂
1. Tell yourself you’re ready
You wouldn’t be taking your driving test if you weren’t good enough to pass it. A good driving instructor won’t put you forward for your test until you’re at test standard. Knowing you’re just doing something you’ve done before many, many times before can really help.
2. Keep it a secret
Don’t tell everyone you’re taking your test. Keeping quiet about it takes some of the pressure off, so only tell the people you want or need to tell.
3. Don’t skip meals
Eating might be the last thing on your mind but without food, you haven’t the brain fuel you need for your test. Eating something before your test will help you concentrate. A full English isn’t necessary; a banana will do.
4. Pretend it’s a mock
The examiner may be in a hi-viz jacket and holding a clipboard but try to regard this as just another mock test. You’ll still put in your best performance but you’re less likely to panic about it all going wrong. Remember: no one is asking you to do anything you haven’t already done in your lessons.
5. Arrive at the test centre in good time and make sure your diary is free
Get to the test centre about 15 minutes beforehand so you’re not hurried or waiting too long. And make sure it’s a day and a period in your life when you have no other stressful things happening.
6. Don’t do too much on test day
You’ve spent the last few days, weeks and months preparing for your test, so there’s no need to beat yourself up about parallel parking now. By all means, have a drive around beforehand, but don’t convince yourself you need to do the perfect turn in the road just before you get to the test centre.
7. Stay off the caffeine
You might think you need all the coffee in the world after being awake all night worrying but drinking too much caffeine before your test can make you feel more agitated and nervous. Instead, drink plenty of water or something naturally calming such as a camomile tea.
8. Go to the lavatory
We don’t have to elaborate, do we? Suffice to say, you don’t want any distractions during your test.
9. Remember, there’s no rush
Your driving test isn’t designed to determine how fast you can reverse into a bay. Take your time when it comes to the manoeuvres, and remember that you can always correct yourself. The examiner will want to make sure that you make the right checks and complete the manoeuvre safely, so take your time.
with thanks to driving.co.uk