Taking your driving test can be nerve-wracking ordeal. If your nerves get the better of you, there's even a chance you could make a mistake and fail your test. Here are some practical tips to help you keep calm and relaxed on the big day.
Practice, practice, practice
Although it might sound obvious, practicing all your manoeuvres thoroughly before your test means that you're far less likely to get it wrong on the day of your test. Take any opportunity you can to drive with an experienced, qualified driver beside you, and go over all the moves until you can execute them perfectly almost without thinking about it.
If all the manoeuvres required in the test come as second nature to you, you're highly unlikely to make a mess of any of them on the day, even if you are nervous.
The night before your driving test, get off to bed early and make sure you get a good night's rest. You won't be able to concentrate or drive at your best if you're struggling to keep your eyes open, and feelings of fatigue will only serve to exacerbate your nerves.
If you find that nerves are keeping you awake, try listening to a guided sleep meditation. There are plenty to choose from online for free, and they can be very effective.
Although you often don't feel like eating when you're nervous, it's really important that you eat and drink properly on the day of your test. The kinds of food you eat can have an effect on your stress levels. Try fuelling-up with antioxidant-rich, stress-relieving berries for breakfast, together with a cup of nerve-calming camomile tea. Bananas are a great source of slow-release energy. They also help to keep you feeling full and able to concentrate. Bananas contain tryptophan which the body readily converts to the relaxation hormone, serotonin. If you feel relaxed and up-beat, your nerves will disappear.
Whatever you do, don't starve yourself all day, especially if the weather is hot. The last thing you want to do is feel faint in the middle of your driving test. At the very least, eat a banana and drink some water shortly before your test to keep you fuelled and hydrated.
When you get into the car at the test centre, it's important that you make yourself comfortable. Take a deep breath; make sure that the seat is adjusted so that you're not cramped or too far away from the controls. Adjust your mirrors and set the air conditioning so that you're not too hot or cold.
Take the time to make sure that you're totally at ease in the car and that everything is set up as you want it to be. This will give you a feeling of control that will help to settle your nerves.
Enjoy the silence
You'll probably be familiar with your instructor chatting to you during your lessons. It can be very unnerving in a test situation when the examiner doesn't speak to you except to give navigation instructions, or to ask you to carry out various manoeuvres.
Instead of feeling nervous, use the silence to allow you to concentrate fully on the road. The fewer distractions you have, the better your drive will be.
Keep the date to yourself
The more people who know about your driving test date, the greater the weight of expectation that will fall on your shoulders, and consequently, the more nervous you will feel. Just tell the people who really need to know about the date. You can tell all your friends when you've successfully passed your test!
Pre-driving test nerves are something that afflicts most people before the big day. Use these helpful tips to help get your nerves under control, and look forward to passing your test with flying colours! For more tips, contact resources like Roadwise Driver Training.