5 Tips to Calm the Driving Test Nerves
When it's finally time to take your driving test for your driver’s license exam, driving test nerves are something that almost everyone experiences. It's not unusual to feel anxious and nervous about the big day; however, you should never let that your anxiety or nervousness get the best of you. If you do, you only lessen your chances of passing the driving test. So, here are a few useful tips to help you relax and calm down before you take your driving test.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Spending a lot of time behind the wheel before you actually take your driving test will do more than anything else to help you feel confident and avoid being nervous for your driving test. You should drive as much as possible (with a licensed driver of course) before taking a driving test. After you have spent a considerable amount of time behind the wheel, you will feel confident and be ready to simply get the test over with knowing that you will pass it.
Don't Tell Anyone about the Test
Before taking your driving test, avoid telling friends and colleagues about the test. Telling people about an upcoming driving test only invites horror stories about a mean examiner or bad experience that caused someone else to fail. The fewer people you tell about the test, the less pressure you will feel to perform to someone else's expectations.
Eat before You Take the Test
Although you may be feeling nervous or scared, and may not have much of an appetite, you should attempt to eat a light meal before going to the DMV and taking a driving test. Eating something before the driving test will help you relax and also help you to avoid the growl of a hunger pang which will only distract you more during your test.
You should arrive at the DMV at least 15 to 30 minutes before your scheduled driving test. This will give you plenty of time to take a walk around the parking lot, go to the restroom, get a drink of water and do anything else need to do to calm yourself before the test.
Take Your Time
When it is time for the test, take your time and check everything before starting the vehicle. Introduce yourself to the examiner and make sure that he/she fastens their seat belt as well. Remember you are in control, and this will help to calm your nerves.