A driving test can be a daunting prospect, especially for a young learner driver with little experience of these scenarios. 

Have a look at the tips outlined below, they will help keep you calm and relaxed on the day of your test. Keeping yourself calm and focused is the best way to remember and apply all you’ve learned, and ensure that you pass with flying colours!


1. Practice, Practice, Practice!

This cannot be said too many times. In the run up to your test, make sure you get as many hours as you can on the road. During your driving test, your driving must be smooth and natural – only practice will help you achieve this.

2. Brain Fuel

The test can be nerve-wracking for some people, and you might not feel like it, but it’s vital that you eat something beforehand. Getting some food on board will make sure your brain and body is firing on all cylinders – and it will also help to settle the nerves.

3. Dress Comfortably

Seems obvious, right? Certain items of clothing are going to restrict your movement, something you may only realise once you’re buckled up in the car (and by that point it’s too late). Make sure your clothes are comfortable, non-restrictive and appropriate – no one wants to see your giant lucky sombrero, least of all your driving test examiner!

4. Warm-Up Drive

It is now mandatory to have an hour’s warm-up lesson prior to your driving test. This will relax you into the driving mindset.

5. Arrive Early

Allow for a good 10 – 15 minutes before your test time. This will give you time to prepare, go to the bathroom, remove your jacket/jumper if you think you’ll get too warm, and take a few deep breaths before you start.

6. Don’t Rush

Take as long as you need to adjust clothing, your seat, mirrors, seatbelt, etc. If you’re rushing, you’ll panic and something may get forgotten – something that you might not be able to rectify once your’re out on the road.

7. Listen to your Instructor.

Make sure you listen to your instructor carefully. If you’re brain is in a bit of a whirl and you’re worried, repeat their instructions back to them – make sure you’ve got it clear.

These few tips will help you focus your mind and be totally prepared for your test. Your driving instructor will have given you everything you need to pass your test, and remember, if they didn’t think you were ready to pass, they wouldn’t put you forward. Think Positive – know you can and will pass and that will go a long way to making it happen!

Further Information

If you would like any further details regarding the driving lessons available from Surrey Driving Force, please give us a call on 0845 190 2012 & we’ll be happy to answer any of your questions