There are a few things that you can do to help prepare yourself for your practical driving test.
- Make sure you rest well the night before, even if you are struggling to sleep
- Try to eat at your normal meal times, even if this is just a light snack
- On the day of the test make sure you know where you documents are, ready for when your G-Drive driving instructor arrives. Try to keep yourself occupied, don't just sit and think about your practical driving test
- Turn your phone off. Although many people may want to wish you luck for your test this can end up making you more nervous
- Try and relax
The driving lesson before your test
The best thing you can do on the driving lesson before your test is listen to your driving instructor. They will be able to explain everything that you need to know before taking your driving test.
If you are unsure about anything make sure you ASK your driving instructor so you can put your mind at ease.
How to cope with the test itself!
You are on your own now but the examiners are not ogres. Really, they aren't. Your examiner will introduce themselves and they are trained to be customer friendly. They recognise that you are probably nervous, most people are.
The best way to cope with the test is to work one hundred percent on the procedures that you have been taught from the very beginning through to the very end. Right from the time that you are asked to start the engine through to when the examiner asks you to pull up in front of the test centre again and turn it off.
This might seem too obvious for words when you first read it but with the benefit of experience I can tell you that people have in the past relaxed part way through the test because they thought that they had done something wrong. This was not the case and they failed because of errors that they made after they stopped working one hundred percent.
Take your Driving Instructor with you?
You will be given the option of taking your driving instructor with you on your practical driving test. The choice is yours.
The benefit of having your driving instructor in the car on your practical driving test can include feeling like you have some moral support, if something goes wrong your driving instructor might have a better view on what happened.
However some people do find having that extra person in the car on their practical driving test can be more of a distraction.
If you're not sure what's best for you then discuss it with you driving instructor before the day of your driving test and come to a conclusion with their input.