Stress is an inevitable part of testing situations. The driving test makes most driving students very nervous as the results of the test is either a joyful moment of getting a new licence – or a big disappointment.
Stress can be positive when it helps you to do your best, make an effort and act on the highest level of your skills.
Stress can be harmful if it ruins your performance and you cannot operate even on the normal level of your skills so that everything goes wrong.
Read some tips on how not to be nervous when taking a driving test
- Think positive - I know how to drive already, because my driving teacher thinks I am ready for the driving test.
- Actually the driving test does not differ much from the a normal driving lesson.
- The driving test will test my driving skills: If I am a competent driver, I will pass. If I fail, I can always try again.
- The examiner is not my enemy, but a normal human being, whose profession is to evaluate my driving skills.
- The examiner has seen it all when it comes to driving students. My situtations is not one of a kind.
- More than 160 000 students pass their test every year. Why could not I be one of them?
- Most likely the stress is connected to waiting for the test. When the test starts, there will be a lot to think about and the nervousness will disappear.
- The examiners see nervous students every day. They know how to behave and talk in a calming way.
- If I fail, it is ”just” a driving licence, it is nothing too serious and it will not define me or my possibility of passing a driving test in the future (not brain surgery or bomb disarming).
- I will be very happy to succeed in the test and start my new life as a qualified driver. The driving test is just a small final point on this path.
Nervousness is the mildest level of fear and I can live with it – I can even consider it a positive thing. Being horrified would be a totally different thing - which I am not!
Other mental exercises
Have you found other functional mental exercises to control fear in various situations in life? Use them, too. Examples:
- Take a few deep and calm breaths. It will help you to relax. That’s pure physiology. The examiner has seen students like you many times – you have no reason to be ashamed!
- Often it helps if you do not keep the stress to yourself. You might as well tell the examiner that you are terribly nervous at the moment. He will do his best to help you!
- Think about some place or situation where you feel comfortable. Or tell a joke! Laughter releases stress in all situations.
- Pay attention to the important ”rituals” before starting the engine: check the seat and mirror adjustments, make sure the seat belt is on etc. Maybe these easy tasks will help you to get over the worst stress. Remember – you know how to drive!