Ultimate Guide to beating Driving Test Nerves

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Discover the most effective techniques for banishing driving test nerves forever to become a calm and confident driver

Stress Management Techniques to beat driving test nerves

Relaxation audios

Listening regularly to relaxation audios can help driving test nerves by managing your general stress levels which in turn will influence your stress levels while driving. They will help you pinpoint tense muscles and relax them quickly and easily, help you recognise signs of stress early so that you can avoid them escalating as well as helping you remain focused while driving.
Find our more in our blog about relaxation and driving test nerves.

Breathing exercises

Practicing breathing exercises is one of the quickest and easiest ways to help driving test nerves. Once learnt breathing exercises will become your go to strategy for calming physical and mental symptoms of nerves and stress. They can be practiced before your driving test and even while driving once they have become automatic.
Find out more in our blog about breathing exercises and driving test nerves.

Hypnotherapy tracks

Hypnotherapy helps driving test nerves by reprogramming your unconscious thoughts and automatic reactions so that you no longer feel stressed about your test and driving. Instead you will feel calm and confident and focus on your driving instead of any distracting nerves. We have two hypnotherapy audios available on the Confident Drivers website, both created specifically for driving confidence and driving test nerves by hypnotherapist Joline Saunders. You can find out more about Joline and arrange one to one hypnotherapy sessions on her website https://jojohypno.co.uk/


Coaching is an effective way to identify your driving strengths and weaknesses and plan which areas of your driving need developing. Stress and nerves are often a result of a skills gap between what we need to do, and what we feel able to do and coaching can help you fill that gap. Find out more in our blog about stress.

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Positive Self Talk

Are your thoughts and the way you are talking to yourself creating your driving test nerves? Practising positive self-talk tasks and exercises can help you to become your own biggest supporter, reducing nerves and keeping you calm and focused on your driving test. Find out more in our blog about negative thoughts and driving test nerves.

TFT Meridian tapping

Sometimes emotions and feelings about driving or the driving test seem to get stuck. Thought Field Therapy (TFT ) also know as meridian tapping can help you shift emotional blocks, leaving you free to drive without the old unhelpful emotions that you experienced previously. This technique can feel a bit strange initially but once you have learnt the routine it is a quick and effective way to help driving test nerves.


Imagery is one of the most versatile techniques and is used by elite sportspeople all over the world to manage their nerves and achieve their goals. Imagery can be used effectively from your first driving lesson to start preparing you for your test, reducing any driving test nerves at the same time.


The Confident Drivers six-week mindfulness course can help you become more aware of your thinking habits, improve your focus and concentration and stay in the present moment rather than worrying about what 'might' happen. Find out more about how mindfulness can help driving test nerves in our blog.

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Body Language

Be aware of your body language while waiting in the test centre. Remember to sit up straight (you can not breath properly if you are hunched over). Sitting or standing in a strong position changes your mindset and attitude (see Power poses below) and finally Smile! It changes the way you feel. Positive body language is a good step towards reducing driving test nerves.

Power Pose

Following on from body language check out this video from Amy Cuddy on power posing to increase confidence.


Pandiculation is simply stretching your arms out/ up, yawning and screwing up your face. You often see cats, dogs and other animals do it, including babies when they first wake up. This is one of the bodies natural ways of resetting the nervous system and can be helpful in calming driving test nerves.

Hum or Sing

Hum or sing to reduce driving test nerves

Humming and singing resets your vagus nerve which is responsible for the fight or flight response in the body. As well as calming your driving test nerves it may also leave you feeling more positive.

Remedies to help driving test nerves

Eat a banana

Lots of driving instructors, blogs and social media groups suggest eating a banana before your test. This image gives a few of the reasons why a banana is good choice for getting you through your test.

eat a banana to reduce driving test nerves

Chew Gum

Have you ever noticed when you feel scared or nervous that your mouth dries up? When you chew gum you salivate. When you salivate this signals to your brain that everything must be ok and so it reduces the fear signal in your brain.

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