Do not let nerves stop you from getting your license
You wake up the morning of your driving test in a cold sweat. You spent the previous day in a panic, stayed up until 3am cramming and have now overslept. Your stomach feels like a ton of knots, you need to get dressed and work out the best way to get to the test center as quickly as possible.
It’s exhausting and daunting just reading that. If that’s the start to the day of your driving test, no wonder you are nervous. Of course, nerves can work to your advantage, but if you are that disorganized this is unlikely to be the case. Let’s rewind the story and go back to before the day of the driving test. How can you make it less likely that nerves will stop you from passing?
Practice makes you less nervous
One of the easiest ways to limit your nerves is to know what you’re doing. Read as much information as you can and get plenty of driving practice.
You should study the driving rules and regulations for your state, and take an online practice test to help reiterate what you’ve learned. If you have booked to take lessons with a professional instructor, you need to think about ways in which you can get additional practice. This may involve asking a friend or relative to go out in the car with you. Make sure you choose an experienced and reliable driver who has a calm disposition suited to teaching you.
Relax in the lead up to the test
Remember the version of you that we met in the introduction? They spent the day before the test panicking and stayed up cramming into the early hours of the morning. This is not a good thing to do. You are unlikely to learn anything new or remember any more, and you will probably become more stressed as a result.
It’s fine to practice early on the day before the test, but then you should do things to help you relax.
These could include:
Taking a walk
Reading a book
Watching a movie
Trying some relaxation techniques
This list is not exhaustive; you know what helps you to relax the best. Remember it’s also important to get a good night’s sleep before the day of the driving test. No staying up until 3 am; it’s not going to make you feel less nervous, and it certainly will not help your concentration.
Make sure you are prepared for the day of the test
The version of you at the start of this article had not helped matters by being so disorganized. You do not want to encounter any additional stresses on the day of the test if you can possibly avoid them. Here are some tips to help make the day easier:
Prepare your route before the day, and check for any potential obstacles you may encounter.
The night before lay out what you are going to wear for the test so you don’t have to think about it on the day.
Pack your bag the day before with everything you need to take with you.
Set your alarm so you have plenty of time to get ready and get to the test center.
The more preparations you make for the day, the less likely you are to encounter problems, which could make you more nervous.
Remember, passing your test is important, but the world is not going to end if you do not pass. If you put too much pressure on yourself, you are more likely to be nervous. If you have studied and practiced you should know what you are doing, so just take some deep breaths and do your best.