How to Reduce Anxiety Before Your Driving Test

Are you counting the hours until your driving test, getting more and more nervous? It’s perfectly natural to feel some anxiety before taking your test, but there are methods that can help you stay cool, calm and collected. The more relaxed you feel before your test, the more likely you are to drive well. Try the tactics below and you’ll be a qualified driver before you know it.

Make Sure You’re Ready

Nothing will make you more nervous than attempting your driving test before you’re ready. You should book your test once you’ve had a good number of lessons and your instructor thinks you’re capable of driving independently. You should feel happy and confident about your driving skills, and shouldn’t have any gaps in your knowledge. Don’t force yourself to take your test if you don’t think you’re quite there yet – it’s much better to take a few extra lessons or practice for a few more weeks.

Write Down Positive Affirmations

Even when you know that you’re a good driver, it’s easy to get swept into worries about all the things that could go wrong. Writing down some positive affirmations about your driving ability is a great way to boost your confidence and distract yourself from worries.

You could use affirmations like:

  • I am a calm and confident driver.
  • I drive safely and skilfully.
  • I can deal with any situation that arises while driving.
  • I enjoy driving.
  • I am looking forward to taking my driving test.
  • I know that I am a good driver.

If there’s a specific thought that’s getting stuck in your head, like, ‘I’m terrible at parallel parking,’ try creating an affirmation to combat it, like, ‘I am great at parallel parking.’

Try a Self-Hypnosis Session

If you’re sitting around thinking about your driving test anyway, why not take some time to experiment with self-hypnosis? Self-hypnosis is a technique that involves opening your mind to new thought processes and visualizing yourself in different situations. There are plenty of free self-hypnosis sessions that are specifically designed to be listened to before your driving test – just search online to find them.

You’ll be guided through the process of relaxing, breathing deeply, and imagining yourself driving in a safe, confident way. The ideas you open up to during the self-hypnosis session should stay with you during your driving test and will make it less likely that you’ll be struck with nerves while you’re driving.

Get a Good Night’s Sleep

You’ll drive better and feel less anxious if you get a good night’s sleep, but that can be hard when you’re worrying. Try listening to a simple meditation or relaxation exercise before bed, and choose a soothing drink like chamomile or peppermint tea. Avoid caffeinated beverages and don’t spend too long looking at screens before you go to sleep. You should also resist the temptation to spend too long looking at driving test tips and videos – if you’re already a confident driver, the most important thing to do is rest and relax.

Your driving test is always going to be a little nerve-wracking, but you don’t have to let anxiety get the better of you. Try the tips above to go into your test feeling calm, confident, and ready to succeed. And remember that not passing isn’t the end of the world – there’s always time to try again.


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