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Top Tips for Avoiding Driving Test Nerves

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Learning to drive is becoming more and more essential. Even though the government is trying to encourage the improvement of public transport to make it easier for people to get around easily without having to own their own vehicle or even know how to drive and to help the roads become less harmful to the environment, many people still find that having a car is essential to their lifestyle. If you’re currently thinking about learning to drive, it’s not uncommon to be nervous about taking the test. After all, during your driving test, you’ve paid to be watched and have your abilities judged by somebody who’ll then either tell you that you’ve passed or failed. With so much riding on the driving test for many people, we’ve put together some top tips to help you combat driving test nerves and have a better chance of getting a pass.

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Know Your Stuff

When it comes to taking your driving test, if you know your stuff when it comes to driving – both theory and practical – you’ll be far more confident as you drive. Understanding how to drive and how to make sure that you pass your test with flying colours is not only about knowing the mechanics of driving, but it’s also vital that you know and understand the various road signs and markings which you will come across both in your test and as a qualified driver. Check this site out if you want to start learning more about driving theory straight away.

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Take Mock Tests

If you have a good driving instructor, he/she will most likely arrange for you to take a couple of mock driving tests before the actual test itself. Taking, and passing a mock driving test before your test date can definitely give you a confidence boost and help to keep your nerves at bay when you do the test for real. One of the main reasons that many learner drivers become nervous about their driving test is due to uncertainty, so taking a mock test is a great way to ensure that you have a clear idea about what to expect and put your mind at rest.

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Avoid Pressure

Putting a little bit of pressure on yourself to do well in your driving test can definitely be a good thing in order to motivate yourself to practice and do well, however, too much pressure can render you feeling like a bag of nerves and end up having the complete opposite effect. Try not to allow too much to ride on your driving test – if you’re planning to get a car in order to be able to commute to a new job, do your driving test sooner rather than later so that you have more time to re-take the test if necessary without it effecting your career. Always having a back-up plan is essential for learner drivers to ensure that they don’t overload themselves with pressure and stress.


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Taking your driving test can be nerve-wracking, but there are plenty of things that you can do to improve your confidence and stay calm.

1 Comment

  1. Jhoei says:

    I’ve always wanted to learn driving but also gets very nervous and backs down every time I make up my mind to apply for it. I will take these tips and try to go apply for it. Hopefully, I won’t chicken out. Thanks for this.

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