10 Ways To Avoid Stress On Your Driving Test
The driving test is unlike many other tests we’re used to.The fact that it can be down to luck in terms of the actions of other road users during the test and of course having an examiner sitting there right next to you monitoring your every action.
We have put these tips together to help our students of Blackpool who may be feeling nervous about an upcoming driving test.
1. Don’t rush! Get as much practice as you can and only apply for your driving test when you are confident that you feel safe behind the wheel. Always take the advice of your driving instructor, they are professional and will now when you are test ready.
2. Don’t tell your friends when your test is. If everyone knows you are going for the test, you create more stress of trying to live up to your friends expectations. It’s OK to let your family know, we are sure they will give you all the support you need.
3. Ignore all the disaster stories. There are many stories about failed tests. Some may even be true. Just concentrate on your performance. People will often try and scare you. Don’t listen to them.
4. Choose a good time. Take the driving test at the correct time. Try to book the test so it does not coincide with other stressful events (before other exams or the day after a holiday)
5. Try to Perfect your Manoeuvers Ask your driving instructor to concentrate on the manoeuvres you find most difficult and work on them until you are as good as possible. Close to perfection as you can.
6. Mock Test. The instructor should be very realistic and the student must take it reasonably serious.
7. Practice in your head. It’s been proven that you can improve your ability to perform coordinated tasks by imagining doing them. After your driving lessons don’t just go home and watch TV think about what you have done on your driving lesson and what your driving instructor has advised you need to do to improve.
8. Examiners are human too. Your driving examiner understands that you might be nervous, despite horror stories you might hear the examiner should not make you feel uncomfortable. Try and relax.
9..You do not need to be perfect. Concentrate on the essentials. If you make a mistake, keep calm and focus on your driving. The mistake may not result in failure. Don’t assume you have failed – always try your best.
10. Don’t worry about silence. It can be scary sitting beside a stranger, Avoid thinking the examiner doesn’t like you. If there is a little bit of conversation then be happy, but don’t expect it.