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How to calm nerves before your driving test


Keeping calm before and during a driving test leads to better outcomes all around. Here’s how to hold your nerve and succeed on the big day:

Get a good night’s sleep

If you’re wondering how to calm nerves before a driving test, it all starts the night before! We know that you might be up tossing and turning, so going to bed earlier will ensure that you get all the sleep you possibly can. Turn your phone off, practice some relaxation techniques, and get as much rest as possible.

Don’t drive on an empty stomach

Chances are, you will feel a little queasy before your driving test. It’s a common anxiety symptom for many – but don’t be tempted to skip breakfast! You’ll need to give your brain the fuel it needs to make the right decisions during your test, and keep your reaction times sharp. So eat up, even if it’s something small.

Don’t be late

One of the best tips to calm your nerves before a driving test is to give yourself plenty of time. Your driving instructor will pick you up 1 hour before the start of your test, and you will arrive at the test centre in time to get yourself settled. This will give you enough time to do any pre-test preparations without feeling rushed.

Don’t put pressure on yourself

You can always try again! One of the best ways to stay calm during a driving test is to remember that you aren’t limited in how many times you need to take it. Of course, everyone wants to pass first time – and a number of our learner drivers do – but many need a few attempts! Try not to put yourself under any pressure, and rest assured that you can take the test as many times as you need.

Talk to your instructor

Rely on your driving instructor too. They are an invaluable source of advice on how to not be nervous for a driving test and will be able to help you in many ways. They can stage a mock test for you, talk you through the test marking sheet, and share their own tips on how to approach your test on the big day.

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Alen Thomas

For any one wanting to learn to drive but not sure who to go with I definitely recommend Nayland, with his great help I passed first time and in just over three months, the lessons were great I always looked forward to them as Michael is a lovely guy and very down to earth, and up for a laugh 🙂 but he is also very patient for any one who is nervous about driving. 🙂

Harriet Osborn Davies

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Mikolaj Witkowski

I passed my test first time, I didn’t need to use any other instructor as Michael gave me all the advice I needed, down to earth, practical and easy to understand. While learning to drive can be stressful, Micheal made it so easy for me. I enjoyed learning and looked forward to the lessons as they were really enjoyable, if you want to learn to drive with someone that will make it enjoyable and practical Micheal is the guy! guy.

Peter Callaghan

Before having Michael as a driving instructor I was with someone else! I was given his number through a recommendation, and his lessons gave me the confidence to pass my test! Michael has great prices and deals, to suit anyone! I have now been driving a year, and I have recommended many people to go with him and they have gone on to pass very fast! 🙂

Amy Cowlin

Massive thanks to Suzanne! Amazing instructor! Helped to boost my confidence and pass my test quickly! Highly recommend!

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