How to overcome your driving test nerves

As your test looms, you’ll probably want to punch all those people who tell you it’ll be okay. What do they know?

But while there’s no denying that a driving test can be a nerve-wracking experience, there are things you can do to make your life easier…

Right from the point that you book your test until the moment you start to take it, there's a whole stack of things you can do to help calm your nerves; do all these things and the whole exercise will be a breeze:


  • Prepare fully: Do lots of mock tests and make sure you’re constantly passing them before you even consider applying to take a test. If you’re struggling with any particular aspects of the test, focus on those especially, so you can nail them in good time.
  • Take the first slot: The later in the day you take your test, the more time you have to work yourself into a frenzy beforehand. Take it early and get it out of the way.
  • Don’t tell your friends: Once your mates know they’ll waste no time in quizzing you about your test – both before and after you take it. So don’t let them know; just land it on them that you’re mobile, once you’ve passed.
  • Think about the timing: Think about what else is going on in your life when you take your test. If you’re going to be in the middle of exams or about to have a baby, a driving test won’t help your nerves.
  • Stay off the medication: It’s no good popping pills in a bid to calm your nerves; the chances are they’ll just slow your down generally. And make sure you get a good night’s sleep the night before.
  • Book the right test centre: If you think you’re more likely to pass by avoiding the test centre closest to where you live, make sure you book further afield.
  • Don’t be too matey: Your examiner will want to be treated with respect, but don’t overdo it. If you try to ingratiate yourself too much, it could end up backfiring on you.
  • Don’t expect perfection: The examiner isn’t expecting a perfect drive, so neither should you. Do your best and make sure that’s up to the test standard; anything better is simply a bonus.