Being nervous about an upcoming driving test is completely normal. If you want to ease some of the pressure that you are under, then there are a few things that you can do.
Arrive on Time
If you arrive late to your driving test, then you risk missing it entirely. You may arrive feeling flustered and annoyed, and this is not a good way to start your lesson. It helps to arrive 20 minutes beforehand so you have enough time to prepare. If you arrive any earlier then you may be waiting around, and this can increase your nerves and anxiety even more, so do be aware of that.
Have Another Lesson
It’s also highly recommended that you have a driving lesson on the day of your test. When you do this, you can then ask your instructor for any additional tips and you can also ask them for some level of clarification regarding any manoeuvres too. A lesson before your test will really calm your nerves and it will also put you in the “driving” frame of mind too. This is especially the case if you have had a lesson leading up to your test, so do keep that in mind.
Check you Have Everything
Thousands of tests don’t go ahead every single year because candidates don’t have everything they need on the day. It helps to go through everything to make sure that you have the required documentation, and you also have to make sure that your car is up to testing standards too. By doing this, you can then feel good knowing that everything is going to go smoothly.
Take your Instructor
It’s not compulsory to have someone with you when you do take your test. It can however help to put you at ease if you have someone who you know with you. By taking your instructor with you, you have an extra set of eyes and if you do fail, they can then go over any points with you. If you are super nervous about your test then it helps to look into driving simulator games, so you can get in the mindset of being on the road. Remember that every little helps!
If you don’t happen to hear an instructor’s question properly, then don’t be afraid to ask them to repeat it. Remember that you can do this at any time during your test. Asking them to repeat it is far better than ignoring them or taking a wrong turn because this can really throw you off your game and it may even fail you on the test.
If you make one mistake, you should never assume that you have failed your test. You are allowed to make quite a few minor mistakes when you are on your test, and if you do then you still have a high chance of passing. Stalling is a minor fault, so even though you may feel as though you have made a huge mistake at the time, you probably won’t have done so do keep that in mind.