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How to calm your nerves before your driving test

I guess if you’re reading this you’ve got a big test or more specifically your driving exam coming up. And  I guess you’re looking for some tips on how to calm your nerves before your driving test? Am I right?

To be honest everyone feels them, the just effect different people in different ways. A bit of nervous energy may help you to be more focused for the test. But others may become so upset the can’t concentrate,

Practical Tips to calm your nerves before your driving test

Booking your test
Book when You are ready. Don’t book until you / your instructor says you’re ready – A lot of people pass their test purely because they weren’t ready.

Get the time right.
Book the right time for your driving test
Don’t Schedule your test at a period when other stressful events are likely for example in the middle of preparing for a wedding or during exams and not while stressing about moving home. Think about the time of day you request, you may prefer the test first thing in the morning. This would mean you can get it over with and not spend all day worrying about it. Alternatively you might decide later in the day you feel more awake and focused.


Before Your Driving Test

Get plenty of practice in.
with instructor or another adult on average it takes 30-40hrs of professional driving tuition and as much practice in between as you can manage.
Don’t listen to ‘other peoples stories’. Everyone will be there to tell you their story of how they passed or “Failed” their tests. But at the end of the day you are not them! Just believe in yourself and concentrate on doing the best you can do.

Keep it a secret
we know you’re excited about it, but if everyone knows there’s a more pressure for you to pass – however you can tell a few key people, so you’ve got some support and they can even be called upon to help with asking questions or taking you out for extra practice maybe.

Do a Mock exam
A mock driving test with your instructor allows you both the chance to identify any areas of your driving that need improvement before your real test.

Sleep well 
Get a good night sleep before your driving testtry and get a good night sleep before the test.


On the day of the driving test

Eat a banana to help calm your nerves before your driving testDon’t skip meals
to help fuel your brain. Some instructors and learners also recommend eating a banana as a snack before your test. Bananas are full of Vitamin B to help with calm your test nerves.


Arrive Early
about 15mins before is fine. This way you’re not panicked about being late and you’re not sitting around too long before the test either.

take a couple of deep breaths before you start to calm you down and prepare yourself mentally.

Alternative Ideas

hypnosis involves telling your subconscious how you want it to be. So if you want to be clam focused and in control then this is the message you give your self. There are many hypnotherapists you can work with in person or countless CD’s / MP3 on the web for you to use yourself at home. Remember everyone is different – so this may not suit everyone. Check reviews and see what other people have to say about the hypnotherapist or the CD.

the art of meditation should help you to relax your body to help you overcome any anxiety and feel in complete control on the day of your test.

Bach Rescue remedy
Rescue Remedy to calm your nervers before your driving testrescue remedy is actually a mixture of 5 different Bach remedy. It now comes in a variety of different formats including dropper, lozenges, rubs and sprays. The remedies are taken from flower essences and are designed to comfort and reassure. Helping you to be able to cope with additional stress.
Here it is on Amazon but it’s available in other online retails as well as on the high street.


a lot of top sports people will visualise, the race, the shot, the game, in their heads before they start. This is another way of telling your subconscious that this is the outcome you desire. Once you brain is on board and knows what it’s doing, your body will follow. It works the same for anything we do including passing your driving test.

However you calm your nerves before your driving test, believe in yourself and stay calm.

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