Top tips for limiting nerves on a driving test

February 20, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

Like any other person taking a driving test for the first time, you might be feeling nervous.

Nerves can get in the way of passing your driver’s exam, which is why you should be prepared and know what to do.

Don't let nerves run your driving test

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Being nervous is normal, but you shouldn’t let it ruin your chances of getting a driver’s license. Below are some of the tips that you can use to limit the nerves before your driver’s test.

  • Get plenty of practice – Nerves may get the better of you if you feel that you don’t have enough practice and don’t know what to do when the day of exam arrives. The best thing to do is to practice driving as much as you can before your test. Learn how to park, drive within the speed limit, and follow all the road safety rules and regulations. If you know what to do, you will feel less nervous.
  • Study for the written exam – Knowing how to drive is not enough to get a driver’s license. You also have to pass the written exam. Study as much as you can and make sure that you understand everything on the handbook. Knowing the facts will help you apply it when you drive in real life, which can help you pass your driver’s test with flying colors.
  • Take deep breaths – On the day of your exam, don’t forget to breathe. Holding your breath won’t help you. As soon as you put on your seatbelt, relax yourself by taking deep breaths. This will also circulate oxygen into your brain, so that you think on your toes and remember everything that you have learned. Remain calm and don’t let your nerves get in the way of your driving.
  • Think positive – You haven’t even started your driving test and yet you are already thinking of failing. Think positive. Think of where you want to go once you already have your license. Where are you going to celebrate? Who will be your first passenger when you drive? These are the things that can help you calm your nerves and get you more excited about taking your exam.
  • Get enough rest – Get enough sleep the night before your test. Being tired will make you feel sluggish and your reflexes won’t work the way you want them to. Getting enough rest will make you feel energetic and ready for the big day. Driving tired will also increase your nervousness.
  • Focus – Focus on the task at hand and do not worry about anything else. Go through the things that you learned in your mind. Check your mirrors, seats, and wear your seatbelt. Focusing can help you feel more relaxed and lessen your nervousness.

With these tips, you should be able to limit your nerves by the time your driving test comes. With enough practice and understanding of road safety rules and regulations that you must follow, you will be on your way to driving your own vehicle. Keep your eyes on the prize and don’t let the nerves get to you. Good luck!

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