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Driving test day: Are you nervous?

It has been observed that people who are usually cool and calm, they also get worried as the day of their driving theory test day gets nearer and their nervousness gets worse. People get nervous about taking their DSA theory test because :

  • Self-doubts and lack of confidence in your driving
  • Pressure from friends/family
  • Lack of preparation
  • Fear of failure
  • Previous test failure(s)

Things to remember while appearing for the test :

  • Before appearing for the theory test at least once have a mock driving test with your instructor.
  • Avoid listening to 'failure stories'. This would make you more nervous. Just focus on your performance.
  • Theory test practice and practice and practice - The main reason of failure in a test is lack of preparation and practice. So don't rush into taking your driving test unless and until you're properly prepared and confident about your preparation.
  • Think positive about your driving test. Thinking can build an actual difference to overcoming driving test nerves
  • Don't take medicines to calm your nerves.
  • It's ok if you make mistake - Your mistake could be minor driving fault, wont necessary fail you in test. If you make a mistake, keep calm and focus on your driving.
  • Don't panic - Say to yourself in your head 'I CAN do this test'.
  • Believe in yourself - Be confident in your own abilities.
  • One day before your test get a good rest.
  • Taking test in the early morning will give you less time to worry about it.
  • Revise in mind - Perform coordinated tasks by imagining doing them, by practicing in your head.
  • Don't drink too much coffee, tea and fizzy drinks; the caffeine will 'hype' you and make your thinking less clear.
  • Do not spread the news - Don't tell your friends and other people that you've booked your driving test. This will build the extra stress of trying to live up to your friends and others expectations. Letting your parents know will do as they will give you all the support you want.
  • Perspective - Overall, remember that although exams are important, they are not the be all and end all. You can always re-take the test.
  • Recognition of available hazard perception test clues and perception of danger are skills that are necessary in all drivers and riders, irrespective of the vehicle used.