Whether it be in the lead up to your driving test or just before you begin taking lessons, learning to drive can often present people with lots of nerves and anxiety, and it can be quite hard to deal with. The whole experience of learning to drive can be quite a daunting prospect, but this is often amplified when it comes to actually tackling your test. It is common for people to be so overcome by their nerves, that it affects their performance, sometimes resulting in a fail.
However, we don’t want this to happen to you. So, we’ve got together some of our best tips on how to deal with your nerves.
Of course this is easier said than done, but the more you relax, the better you’ll cope! Think about it, when you’re stressing out before taking your test, you’re only going to be making things worse for yourself. If you fail, it doesn’t matter – you can do it again! And again and again, you’re not restricted to a strict one-test-only rule. It’s really not the end of the world, just take the positives from it. For example, learn from your mistakes and go into the next one with more experience.
Your instructor would not be putting you in for a test if they did not believe you were ready. If you’re about to take your test, it means that you are driving at test standard in your lessons, so realistically speaking, there is no reason why you should fail! You are capable of passing, you just need to believe it yourself.
The fact of the matter is, your driving test is no different from any normal driving lesson. All you have to do is follow the instructions given by the examiner and as long as you do this, you’ll be fine. Nothing will come up in your test that you haven’t done before, and if your instructor has sent you to take your test, it means everything you’ve been practicing is up to test standard. By treating it as just a normal lesson, it takes pressure off you and allows you to process the information better.
If you’re in the lead up to a test, make sure you’ve covered everything you feel you need to cover before you go in. Then, you won’t have whatever you’re struggling and lacking confidence with in the back of your mind, and you won’t be worrying incase it comes up on the test. Being fully prepared for anything that could be thrown your way is great for your mindset and can really help you to relax and reduce the nerves.
Now this doesn’t work for everyone, but something to try could be non-drowsy herbal medication, such as Kalms. This just helps make you feel a little more relaxed before hand, whether it be before your first driving lesson or your test. For some, it is a good way to keep any nerves and anxiety toned down and under control.
In the lead up to a driving test especially, you should avoid sitting around all day thinking about it. Try and distract yourself, find an activity, or go over anything in particular that you have concern about.
Try not to go around telling all your family and friends that you’re taking your test, or when it is, as this might subconsciously add pressure to yourself. By telling lots of people it can make you feel like you need to pass because everybody knows about it and you don’t want to have to tell them you’ve failed. Thinking about other people can present unnecessary stress, which is the last thing you need in the build up to a driving test!y
We hope these tips can help you. If you’re looking at starting driving lessons or perhaps need a bit of advice, don’t hesitate to contact us on 01463 230 812.