How to Not Be Nervous when Taking a Road Test

Taking the road test to get your drivers license can be one of the most nerve-wracking tests that you will ever take, but it doesn't benefit you to become a nervous wreck over it, as a matter of fact, it might cause you to fail!


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    Remember what you've already learned. Taking the test is certainly not the time to go bonkers and forget what driving skills you have. You've held a learners permit for a while, now all that is going to happen is that you and this person are going to go on a nice little short ride. Remember to use your turn signals, and most importantly of all, don't let nerves make you forget the seat belt. In most regions, putting the car into gear without the seat belt on is an automatic fail. Make a habit of putting the belt on BEFORE the key is put in the ignition switch.
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    BREATHE. The more you breathe, the more oxygen your brain gets, and the more efficiently it works. As soon as you hit the seat make the point to take three big breaths in a row. When you start to make a turn or accelerate or whatever, don't clench up and hold your breath; keep breathing and remain calm. People have actually had minor accidents during the road test and still got their license (the accident wasn't their fault).
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    The examiner was likely as nervous as you are when it came time for them to take their driving exam. They understand the stress that you feel under, and they won't make it harder on you because you are nervous.
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    They are judging your ability to drive, not your ability to make conversation or hold your calmness under stress. Essentially, treat them like a great big bag of groceries. As long as you keep your head on straight and drive as well as you did while you were driving with a parent in the car, you shouldn't have any trouble.


  • Don't think about 'what if I fail'. Concentrate on the positive, the negative will fend for itself.
  • Be completely aware of everything, especially potential pedestrians who have the right of way.
  • Use common sense. If a truck jumps out in front of you and you have to swerve out of your lane without signaling, it isn't a demonstration of bad driving, but defensive driving. Normally, unless you speed, tailgate, don't use turn signals, or recklessly change lanes without reason you will pass.
  • Be kind and courteous to the examiner.
  • Introduce yourself to the examiner as soon as you find out who is going to administer the test, and thank them for being your examiner. It will create something of a rapport between you and the examiner and make it feel like less of a "Me versus Them" situation.


  • Don't run into things.
  • Have a good night sleep the night before.
  • Don't play the radio.
  • Dress appropriately. Inappropriate outfits won't impress the instructor.

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