Dear Hope: Super Nervous About My Driving Test
I’m taking my driving test in two week and I’m super nervous. I have been driving with my mom and I feel pretty good about it. But taking the test with someone else is freaking me out. What if I can’t parallel park, what if I forget something?? Will I be able to pass?
– New Driver
Dear New Driver,
It sounds like you are confident with your driving. That’s awesome! You already have a great chance. They are not looking for you to be absolutely perfect. They want to make sure that you can obey traffic laws and drive safely. There is a lot of information online about what to expect during your driving test. If you look it up, you can get specific information for your state.
Now about those nerves
Try not to be hungry when you go. You don’t want your stomach growling on top of your nerves.
Focus on passing the test. There is a saying where focus goes energy flows. Basically, it means what you focus on happens. So don’t focus on not being able to parallel park or forgetting something. Don’t focus on your nerves. Instead, focus on passing, focus on knowing what to do. (Because you DO know what to do and you’ve got this!)
Take a deep breath. Breathe and try to relax. Remember the person who is testing you wants you to succeed. They are not trying to be intimidating. They are just doing their job.
Not everyone passes their driving test the first time and that’s ok. Sometimes it’s not being prepared and sometimes it’s the nerves. At the end, if you did not pass, they will tell you what to work on. You can always take it again.
You are ready! Quiet those nerves and have a good test.
Send us an email and let us know how it goes.
Thank you for being brave and sending in your question.