Some people are brilliant at things until it comes to taking tests. The nerves and pressure often get the best of them and they lose their calmness and control. Passing the driving test is often as much about confidence and a relaxed and focused approach as anything else, and the ability to cope with stress is an increasingly important attribute for all drivers.
Those preparing for their driving test, need to remember that failing it does not necessarily make them bad drivers, because it is just as likely to mean they are simply stressed.
Here are 10 ways to overcome your test nerves:
1. Practice makes perfect. Take your time practicing on the road, and don’t book your driver’s test until you feel completely comfortable and ready. Ask your friends and family to help test your knowledge of driving theory.
2.Avoid booking your driving test during school hours, and try not to book the last test of the day. Booking an early slot for your road test will prevent you from worrying too much throughout the day.
3. Your friends may be loving and supportive, but telling everyone your test date may create unnecessary pressure. Even positive support can be stressful if your friends are constantly wishing you good luck on your phone.
4. Don’t tell the entire world your test date. If everyone knows you are going for the test, you create the additional stress of trying to live up to expectations.
5. Don’t put too much on your plate. If you have exams or other stressful life events going on, do yourself a favour and book your road test when your schedule is less hectic.
6.In your last few sessions, make sure to let your instructor know where you still have difficulties, so they can help you practice and improve before your exam day.
7. Keep practicing.
8. You do not need to be perfect. Concentrate on the essentials. If you make a mistake, keep calm and concentrate on your driving. The mistake may not result in failure.
9. Get a good night’s sleep before the test.
10. Making small mistakes is not the end of the world, and it’s also inevitable; no one is perfect. A small mistake won’t necessarily lead to an automatic fail (you are allowed 15 minor mistakes on your test), so relax, breathe, and move on. Remember: you know how to drive, so don’t let your anxiety get to your head.
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