Nerves During
Your Drive Test

Nervousness is simply the outcome of not having right mindset while you drive!

All the human beings are more or less get affected with their nerves time to time in their lives, but nerves affect some of us very strongly when we are in a challenging situation like driving. We are here to let you know how our instructors, who are great motivators to develop your mindset, can make your life easier to deal with the driving test nerves, which may destroy your chances of achieving a first-time pass if not taken care of! Our highly experienced and professional instructors are in fact, great motivators who have got the required skills and experience to fine tune your drive test nerves through an intensive mentoring. They are able to figure out how to fix these driving test nerves to make you feel confident BEFORE you appear in your practical VicRoads drive test. Before doing anything you need to believe that you can do it! This is where our lessons come into play! We gradually develop your healthy mindset for driving through an intensive mentoring system while you are taking lessons with us.

How to combat driving test nerves

Confidence plays a major role in success when you undertake a challenging task like exams, tests, interviews etc. Shaping up of your mindset is one of the key elements in building up your confidence. Despite not having any serious issue in your driving, you may be unsuccessful in your drive test due to fall short of the right mindset for a drive test. You need to read the mindsets of the other road users, which involves an enormous amount of challenges for the novice drivers like ‘L’ plate learners. In order to combat the driving test nerves, it’s crucial that you develop a healthy mindset for driving and feel confident BEFORE you book your drive test. In order to accomplish anything you need to believe that you can do that, and just remember you wouldn’t have been recommended by your instructor if he or she is not confident enough about success in your drive test before you booked it.

More You Practice the Better the Ability To deal with Driving Test Nerves

You need to have adequate practice lessons on your drive test routes covering all the manoeuvres and drive test routines that you need to demonstrate during the drive test. In doing these, you will be in a more comfort zone and become confident enough when face challenging situations in your drive test resulting a successful outcome with a more stable mindset that will keep your nerves cool during the test.

The worst case scenario is, you are uncertain about a particular manoeuvre when you are asked to perform during your drive test by the LTO (License Testing Officer). If that happens at your drive test that’s not an ideal situation for you to keep your nerves cool during the rest of your drive test. You need to focus more on a particular manoeuvre if you are not comfortable yet and that needs to pull up into the next level. Sort out the issue with your instructor spending more time on it.

Combating driving test nerves: Help and support

The core idea is you need to discuss the issue with your instructor to have his/her support. Each person is different. So, you need to let your instructor know your personal circumstances like what are scenarios or situations you are losing your nerves! Apart from that, talk to your friends and family about your nerves, panic, and anxieties, who recently appeared in a drive test and see if they can offer any help and assistance. You may find some online discussion forums on the Internet and can interact with thousands of other learner drivers who are struggling with the same difficulty.

  • Medications:

    ou can find some off the shelf herbal medicines to help calm your drive test nerves from your local pharmacy. Consult your GP and read label carefully before you start taking these medications.

  • Can breathing help with driving test nerves?

    Breathing exercise is very much beneficial in keeping your nerves cool. Deep breath, full your lung, and then release it slowly through your nose several times to sooth any nerve that may be developing.

  • Bananas help your driving test nerves cool?

    Banana is an awesome fruit that can help your nerve cool. It has got some useful minerals and vitamins that help your drive test nerves cool. Banana contains a special category of protein that converts into ‘seratonin’, known as happy hormone.

  • Diversion and driving test nerves?

    Arrive at the test centre well ahead of time so that you can spare plenty of time on the day of your test. Nerves most often kick in while you are waiting for your drive test at the test centre. One of the best ways to avoid it is, keep yourself busy with some breathing exercises that will help keep your nerves cool.

  • Enjoy your driving to help combat driving test nerves

    Simply enjoy your driving as an ordinary driving lesson having two instructors instead of one. Focus on the tasks/manoeuvres that you have been taught during your lessons. Keep your confidence up, display a safe driving habit during your drive test, and get your license straight away!

Miscellaneous Hints and Tips to Get Rid of driving test nerves

Followings are some of the tips that may be helpful to combat drive test nerves. You can apply some of them to get rid of your nerves, panic, anxiety to help you secure a successful outcome in your drive test:

  • Think of all the good times that you’re going to have when you pass your test
  • Imagine that you’re a taxi driver and you’re taking someone home and have to follow their directions.
  • Chill out with friends before your test to help relax
  • Chewing on chewing gum
  • Bach’s rescue remedy
  • Have a positive attitude – “I will try my best but if I fail then at least I’ve tried”
  • Don’t have a big meal before your test – it will make you feel sluggish and tired
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Ask your instructor to sit in on your test – a familiar face in the car can make you feel more at ease
  • Don’t tell everybody when your test is!
  • Eat a bowl of porridge before your test
  • Beta Blockers
  • Listen to music before your test