How to beat driving test nerves

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.

Got a driving test coming up soon? Want to step up a level?

This amazing on-line course (I've tried it and it works) will really help you feel calm on your driving test!

It will also help you feel more confident at busy roundabouts, on hill starts with cars close behind you and lots more places.

Learn how to take control of your emotions using our unique techniques alongside your lessons! Find out more

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.

Further reading

John Evans, 10 ways to avoid stress on your driving test, Sunday Times, 18/07/2014

Extract: 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.


Theory Test Pro, How to deal with driving test nerves, 20/09/2016

Extract: Tell as few people as possible that you are taking your test. Best to surprise them by saying that you’ve passed than to have the added pressure of people’s expectations piling on top of your own.


Driving Test Success, How to beat driving test nerves, checked 04/04/2020

Extract:...breathing exercises can be very useful to help combat Driving Test nerves. Simple deep breaths whilst focusing on your breathing will help you to relax and soothe any nerves that may be brewing.


The AA, Overcoming test nerves, April 2020

Extract: If you make a mistake, relax - it doesn't mean you've failed! You're entitled to 15 minor faults during your test, so there's room for error.