The Driving Test is probably one of the most stressful exams you'll ever do, so it’s not surprising most people worry about it. The cost of the lessons,and tests, the hours of practice, and then the pressure from others when you tell them you are taking your DrivingTest. As well as all this, there's the added pressure of knowing that just one slip up could ruin the whole test for you.

 

So in order to help take the pressure off a little I've listed some helpful tips below, follow these tips to give yourself the best chance of passing first time.


To pass your driving test you need to drive without making any serious or dangerous faults and no more than 15 minor faults during a drive of about 40 minutes. You must also complete a manoeuvres, and possibly and emergency stop.

 

Some useful tips for helping with those test day nerves

 

Here are just a few suggestions to help you

 

Before booking your test

·       Don't push yourself to get your full driving licence by a certain date

·       One of the most important driving test tips anyone can take on board is that you must prepare properly for the event.  FAIL TO PREPARE…. PREPARE TO FAIL!

·       Ensure you practice until you can drive without verbal or physical intervention from your instructor.

·       Ask for extra practice on any aspects of driving you are not comfortable with

·       Be sure to revise and practice thoroughly

·       If you are still wondering how to pass your driving test then make the most of books, DVDs and other resources on the subject

·       If there is anything you feel unsure about… any unanswered questions…. Then now is the time to ask.  Write them down as they come to you, so you can take them to your lesson with you.

·       Ask to have a mock test..... This will help you identify any problems, and give you the  opportunity to get them corrected before the big day.

 Do not take your driving test until you are confident you will pass, just "having a go" is not beneficial to anyone!

 

Booking the test

 

·       Only book your test when YOU feel ready, not because you feel pressured by others. If you don't feel ready.... then you probably are not ready.... you will possibly be setting yourself up to fail.

 

·       Don't tell everybody when your test is! Sometimes the expectation of family and friends can cause a heightened sense of nervousness. 

 

 

       Arrange to have an hour's driving lesson around the area of the test centre on the day of your test. This will help you to warm up and get into the swing of things. You will also be aware of any new road works, obstructions etc and will feel more able to deal with them more easily. Forewarned is forearmed

The day before your test

 

·       Chill out with friends before your test to help relax.... But don't party the night before!

 

·       Make sure you have a goodnight's sleep the night before the test, and ensure you eat something as this will help you cope with nerves

   

So… the day of the test and you have an overdose of the dreaded test nerves. But before you start chewing on those finger nails, try reaching into the fruit bowl for a banana.

 

The banana is often known as the super food among driving instructors. Thiss everyday yellow fruit is packed full of vitamin B, and eaten just before a test can help to keep those dreaded driving test nerves at bay.

How does it work?

 Bananas contain a type of protein called tryptophan which the human body converts intoserotonin. This happy hormone helps you to relax, improves your mood and generally makes you feel happier. Bananas are also high in potassium. When we are stressed our metabolic rate rises and as a result our potassium levels drop. Eating a banana can help to normalize your heartbeat, send oxygen to the brain and regulate your body's water balance.

 

On the test

·       Get to the test centre early and give yourself a few minutes to prepare

·       Pretend that you're on a normal driving lesson

·       Chew on chewing gum. It stops your mouth from drying.... if your mouth is dry it sends waves to the brain to say you are nervous

·       If your examiner gives you an instruction which you do not fully understand, ask for clarification

·       Don't think about whether or not you're going to pass your driving test as you take it, and keep youreyes on the road - not the examiner - at all times.

·       Another driving test tip is to talk yourself silently through the test in order to focus your mind on upcoming hazards and how to deal with them.

·       If you feel you're messing up a manoeuvre, just pull forwards and do it again correctly. As long as you haven't done anything wrong, such as touching the kerb or failing to make effective observations, you can still pass.

·       If you stall, deal with it and move on. As long as you don't stall in a dangerous situation, such as on a roundabout and as long as you handle it properly, this needn't count as a major fault and you can still pass your test.

·       If you feel you've made a mistake, don't instantly assume you've failed- it may only have been a minor fault. Put it behind you and carry on driving as well as you can. 

·       Never assume you havefailed because you have made a mistake, as this is thestest Remember that nerves are only natural for anyone trying to pass their driving test

The only people that fail.... are those that give up!