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Feeling nervous about your driving test

Almost everyone gets nervous about their driving test: you’ve done months of preparation and you really want to pass.  Here are some tips to help you:

  • It might sound obvious, but don’t take your driving test until you’re ready. Lots of people fail the driving test just because they haven’t taken enough lessons to pass. There’s no point in taking the driving test until your driving instructor says you’re ready. You’re likely to waste your time and money if you take it too soon. Don’t worry if you think you should be making faster progress. On average it takes people 45 hours of driving lessons and 22 hours of practice with relatives or friends to learn to drive.

  • You can find out the top 10 reasons that people fail the driving test (and how to avoid them) over on BuzzFeed. If you’re regularly making these kinds of mistakes on your driving lessons, you’ll need more practice before you’re ready to pass your test.

  • Almost everyone gets nervous about their driving test. Who wouldn’t? The driving examiner knows you’ll be nervous and will do their best to put you at your ease. Remember, your examiner wants to make sure you’re safe on the road. They’re not trying to catch you out. If there’s anything you’re not sure about, just ask.

To pass your test, you'll need to keep your nerves under control. Try these things to help: 

  • Don’t book your test at a time when you know other stressful things are happening, such as school exams

  • Make sure you get a few good nights’ sleep before your test - you’ll feel more stressed if you’re tired

  • Avoid too much caffeine before your test: it might make you feel jittery and nervous

  • Arrive at the test centre about 15 minutes before your test is due so you’re not hurried but you’re also not waiting too long.

  • Talk to the examiner during the test if you want to – but remember that they might not say much because they don’t want to distract you from your driving

  • Be positive: focus on passing your test rather than worrying about failing it.

You might feel more relaxed if you know exactly how the test works. Take a look at this video or read about what happens during the test.

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