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When people first start learning to drive or on the day of their driving test they feel nervous some more than others, this is only natural as they don’t know what to expect or what the outcome will be. The majority of learner drivers then go on to pass their driving test. To be fair it wouldn’t be normal if you weren’t at least a little nervous before taking your test, but the DSA examiners are only expecting to see you drive as you would in a normal lesson. A lot of the current examiners are ex driving instructors themselves and therefore have taken pupils who were nervous to a driving test.
You should only take the driving test when your instructor says you are ready and he/she feels you are capable of passing it, therefore you already have one vote of confidence from someone who matters.
There are lots of different techniques and herbal remedies that are recommended to help you deal with test day nervous. Some of these are listed below:
One recommended technique is 4-7-8 breathing. Breathing correctly can have a profound effect on the way you feel. It is widely considered to be the most effective and time efficient relaxation method that exists.
The standard breathing relaxation method recommended for your natural breathing pattern is
4-7-8 breathing shouldn’t be your naturally breathing pattern, but should be used to calm nerves and find a more relaxed state of mind at or before times of increased anxiety.
The herbal remedies that are currently recommended are Kalms or the Bach relax remedy which you can get as droplets, in sweet form or as chewing gum. It‚’s also a good idea to try some form of exercise before going out on test like visiting your local gym or going for a walk or a jog to help settle your nerves.
Try this really helpful page on exam nerves.