5 Tips For Driving Test Nerves (UK Driving Test)

In the UK, approximately 6000 people take their driving test every day but only about 3500 of them pass. As you can see, many people fail the driving test daily. The reason why many people fail the test is not because they aren't proficient, they fail simply because they succumb to driving test nerves.

Although taking your driving test can be a nerve-wracking experience, you must put your nerves under control if you want to pass the test. It's very normal to feel nervous, but you shouldn't allow it to get the better of you. Are you planning to take your driving test soon, and you need advice on ways to calm your nerves before the test? Not to worry!

In this article, we will provide you with essential tips on how to overcome driving test nerves. Continue reading to find out these tips.

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Only Book Your Test When You're Ready

Don't book your test too early. Take your time to cover all the lessons that can help you perform well. These lessons will help build your confidence and proficiency. In other words, the lessons will help get you prepared for the test. This in turn will help curb excessive driving test nerves when the time eventually comes. So, only book your driving test when you're fully ready.

Arrive Promptly at The Venue

Arriving at the test centre some minutes earlier is a good thing. It will give you enough time to revise any lessons you need to. It will also help you feel relaxed and calm your nerves before the test. Avoid arriving late at the test venue as that can add to your nervousness.

There's No Need to Rush

You need to remember that your driving test isn't really meant to determine how fast you can do certain manoeuvres. It is actually meant to determine how well you can drive. The examiner is only interested in seeing that you complete the manoeuvres perfectly and safely. So there is no need to rush during the test, take your time to complete the required tasks perfectly.

Driving Test Insurance

Make sure you have prearranged temporary car insurance for your test day. It is now easy to buy temporary learner driver insurance online with Shorty or other providers of car insurance for driving test and holders of a provisional licence. Take extra caution as if you pass the insurance may not be valid as these policies just cover learner drivers, not qualified drivers!

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Ensure You're in The Right Frame of Mind

You need to be in the right frame of mind in order not to succumb to driving test nerves. But how exactly do you do that? Well, there are several things you can do to keep your nerves calm.

Firstly, make sure you do not skip your meal. You don't want hunger to affect your concentration during the test, so make sure you eat before the test. A light meal would be perfect.

Secondly, go to the lavatory if you need to. Remember, you don't want anything to distract you during the test. Thirdly, make sure you get a good night's sleep before your driving test date. It will help calm your nerves.

Be Attentive

During the test, listen attentively to the instructions of the examiner. Make sure you carry out the instructions in a cautious manner. However, be confident in your approach.


Being nervous will definitely have a negative impact on your performance during a driving test. However, using the tips provided in this article will help you perform well in your driving test. Some may find this article on Tesco temporary car insurance of use when arranging learner driver insurance for your driving lessons or test.
Author - Fred Felton
Fred Felton          

Content Creator / Editor

Fred Felton is a copywriter, editor and social media specialist based in Durban, South Africa. He has over 20 years of experience in creating high end content. He has worked with some of the biggest brands in the world. Currently Fred specialises in the motorbiking adventure space, focussing on all types of biking both on and offroad. He is also a keynote speaker and has presented talks and workshops in South Africa.


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