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Completing any kind of test or exam can be a nerve wracking experience. Your driving test can be especially stressful because it marks a milestone of your life. When you learn how to drive and receive your driving license, you are given a pass into the adult world – a world in which you have countless freedoms. It is perfectly understandable that because of this you will experience some nerves on your test day. But if you let those nerves get the better of you, you might fail. Here are five ways you can keep those test day nerves under control.
Keep your test date a secret. A lot of fear can come from pressure. Of course, some of it will be internal pressure, but some of it is likely to come from people around you. If you have a mother who has the very best intentions but can't help but pile on the pressure at crucial moments, you might be better off keeping your test date a secret. If you pass, you can then surprise your loved ones with the good news, and if you fail, you can escape the weight of pressure that.
Lay off the coffee. You might feel like you can't function without a cup of coffee in the morning, but actually, on a test day, your morning caffeine hit could hinder your driving performance. Caffeine is a stimulant that has a significant effect on the nervous system. It has been found to increase the heart rate and increase nervousness and anxiety. That is most definitely something you can do without on a big test day, so switch to a calming cup of chamomile tea instead.
Practice the manoeuvres you struggle with. When learning any new skill, it can be appealing to focus on the things you know you can do well - after all, everybody likes to be rewarded for getting something right. But the reality is that you won't be tested on only the things you like or are good at on your test day. Make sure that in your last couple of driving lessons that you focus on the things that you find more challenging. By facing these problem areas head on, you will feel far less fearful when it comes to your driving test.
Follow this advice and you stand a great chance of combating your nerves and walking away with a driver's license, making your driving school, your family and yourself proud.
For more advice on how to prepare, contact a school such as Mitcham Driving School.