It’s normal to feel nervous the night before your driving test.
But there are some things learners can do to calm their nerves – and ensure they are as prepared as possible.
This is Seb Goldin Managing director of the RED driving school made a list of the most important things to do the night before your test for The Sun.
Refresh the process of the day
Understanding the logistics of the day and the next steps at each stage helps calm nerves.
Make sure you agree exact times of the day with your driving instructor, including a warm-up lesson, before arriving at the test center.
It’s also important that you make sure you have all the necessary documents in one easy-to-access place.
Pack your bag
To complete a test, you must have the following with you:
- Your UK Driving Licence
- Your certificate for passing the theory test
Plan your diet
Even if you think you won’t be thirsty or hungry, it’s important to feel nourished on the day of your test.
Plan ahead the night before and make sure you choose nutritious foods that your brain will benefit from during the day.
While it can be tempting, it’s wise to avoid too much caffeine.
In terms of food, we recommend slow-release foods like porridge, banana or granola bars.
Plan your outfit
This might seem like an odd tip, but your choice of outfit can work in your favor.
Be sure to choose sensible shoes because your feet will get you from A to Z during the day and planning the night before will help you stay in no hurry on the day of the test.
This also ensures that you don’t forget anything important – such as glasses or other accessories that you consider indispensable.
Practice the show me, tell me portion of the driving test
The vehicle safety questions are asked at the beginning of the driving test and during the journey.
Even if you can’t pass the driving test based on these questions alone, having confidence in your answers before the test gives you peace of mind – especially since the “tell me” question is at the beginning of your test.
Familiarize yourself with the controls on your car to help you feel comfortable and proficient during the day.
Practice controlled breathing
A simple anti-anxiety tip you can use while driving is to practice this breathing
Technique: simply inhale deeply for 5 seconds and exhale for 5 seconds, repeat for up to 3 minutes.
Practice this controlled breathing technique the night before so you get comfortable with it.
If you’re nervous that day, you’ll know exactly what to do and this could help alleviate any anxiety you may have.
Treat yourself to a restful night’s sleep
It’s simple, but it’s necessary – a good night’s sleep works wonders.
It is good to remember that any professional driving instructor will only propose their students if they are confident of their ability to pass the exam.
With progress tracking and frequent updates, learner drivers should trust their instructor’s opinion and remind them when nerves are getting the better of them.
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