Castletown School of Motoring News Dealing with Practical Driving Test Nerves

Dealing with Practical Driving Test Nerves

Practical driving test can be nerve wrecking. Every learner driver has some degree of nerves on the day of their driving test day. That is perfectly natural: the Tester will allow for some mistakes due to nerves.
Many students will have concerns as to whether or not they will pass the driving test, feeling anxious and having butterflies in your stomach is all part and parcel in this process.
Remember the driving tester is not looking for perfection; he will be looking for a basic level of driver competence and confidence.
Most pupils will make mistakes on the day of the test; however if you realise that you have done something wrong, it is how you recover from these mistakes that will look very favourable for you in the driving tester’s eyes. Over all you can follow our tips to avoid a higher level of stress:

– Have a good nights’ sleep the night before the test.
– Avoid drinking the night before the test.
– Eat healthily on the day of the test.
– Avoid drinking too much Coffee or Tea as they can bring a level of stress
– Arranging a pre-test driving lesson and last minute chat with your instructor will help to settle any pre-test nerves.
– Take a walk to clear your head before you go into the test centre
– Breathing exercises can help
– Make sure you arrive in the correct test centre with plenty of time to spare ( at least 15 minutes before the appointment time).
– Drive as you would normally do.
– Do Not try to impress the tester, just drive safely

If you are nervous of your driving test, as an ADI I can help you to build up your confidence & help you to stay safe on the road, for further help you can contact us on Mob 086 044 0157 or email
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