How to calm your driving test nerves

How to calm your driving test nerves

Have you recently failed your driving test because of nerves or are you dreading taking your practical driving test and are already starting to feel nervous about the whole thing? Some people just do not perform well under exam style conditions.

Simply having someone strange you have never met before sitting in the car with a clipboard can turn many people into a nervous drivers. Nervousness will come across straight away and although many examiners will make allowances for this if you make a mistake you will still be marked down.

So what can I do to help my nerves?

One of the things you can do is to get your driving instructor to carry out a mock driving test with you, even better he can use a fellow driving instrutor who you may not have taken any lessons with. Have him sit there with a clip board and get him to mark down your driving as they would in a real driving test. You will be amazed at how just having someone unfamiliar with you in the car with a clipboard and pen can suddenly put you under a bit more pressure. But if you try this out once or twice before you take your actual practical driving test you will become used to this environment and you will be more relaxed on the day of your practical driving test.

Medication for Driving Test

We would never recommend anyone takes any medication prior to taking their driving test. However we have heard of people taking Beta Blockers which has to be prescribed by your doctor. Bach’s Rescue Remedy which is from pharmacist places like Boots. This is a herbal remedy that you spray or put a few drops on your tongue.


Another method used by quite few students is Hypnotherapy. Not to be confused with hypnosis. This technique can be used to help you relax, give you greater confidence and self belief.

here is an intersting article by the NHS which has some good tips and advice on overcoming fear as well as stress, anxiety and depression.



Driving Test Centres in London and Surrey

Morden Driving Test Centre

  • 10 Tudor Drive
  • Morden
  • Surrey
  • SM4 4P

Croydon Driving Test Centre

  • 111 Canterbury Road
  • Croydon
  • Surrey
  • CR0 3HH

Tolworth Driving Test Centre

  • Douglas House 1b Douglas Road
  • Tolworth
  • Surrey
  • KT6 7RZ

Wallington (Mint House) Driving Test Centre

  • Mint House 6 Stanley Park Road
  • Wallington
  • Surrey
  • SM6 0PY

Isleworth Driving Test Centre

  • Worton Hall
  • Worton Road
  • Isleworth
  • TW7 6ER

Hither Green Driving Test Centre

  • 42-44 Ennersdale Road
  • Hither Green
  • Greater London
  • SE13 6JD

Mitcham Driving Test Centre

  • Redhouse Road
  • Mitcham
  • Surrey
  • CR0 3AQ

Sutton Driving Test Centre

  • Helena House, 348 High Street
  • Sutton
  • Surrey
  • SM1 1PU