Driving Test Nerves Heightened By Lockdown?

Mon 18th Jan 2021

It’s not been the easiest year to learn how to drive, while the roads have been quieter, the official lockdown rules have meant driving tests have been suspended, putting a halt to any ambitions of getting behind the wheel.

But if you are getting anxious about the time when you might actually finally get to take your test, the AA has published some much needed guidance to stay calm and be the best version of your driving self.

The AA’s guidance provides plenty of advice on things you can do before you take your test, things to prepare the day before, what to do on the day of the test and even things which can help you nail it while behind the wheel.

“It’s normal to be nervous before your test, but if you’re properly prepared and your instructor thinks you’re ready, then there’s really no reason to worry. Your examiner’s not trying to catch you out; they just want to make sure that you can drive safely,” Lesley Young, Chief Driving Examiner for the DVSA said in this week’s Sunday Times.

“If it makes you more comfortable then it’s fine to listen to the radio, and there aren’t any rules against talking to the examiner – just make sure you keep your concentration. It’s also a good idea to ask your instructor to sit in the back on your test. They won’t take any part in the test itself, but it might give you some moral support, and it means they can also hear the feedback you get from the examiner at the end.”


Tips On Staying Calm During Your Test


  • The first 12 seconds of the test are crucial - so focus on starting the engine, preparing your car and looking around you as you prepare to move off.

  • Listen to their instructions - and ask the examiner to repeat them if you don't understand.

  • The examiner doesn't want to see any fancy moves - they're not expecting showmanship.

  • If you make a decision which you're not happy with, you're allowed to give the examiner an explanation of why you behaved in that way.

  • If you come across a new situation, don't panic - take a deep breath and think about your approach before you continue.

  • If you make a mistake, relax - it doesn't mean you've failed! You're entitled to 15 minor faults during your test, so there's room for error.