Do you know people who failed their Dubai theory test or driving test? It could be a close friend or a family member. It could even be you. Well, you probably don’t know a lot of people who failed their driving test. How could you? Most people are embarrassed to admit it. But you can bet they will go talking about it in the secret corners of internet forums where they know nobody really knows them. The most common reasons people give out for failing a driving test are parallel parking, dangerous driving, collision, too many errors, lack of confidence and anxiety. More often than not, people fail driving test due to test nerves. If you think about it; dangerous driving, collision, too many errors and lack of confidence could all be caused by nervousness. Instead of treating the symptoms, it is better to get down to the root of the problem and know how to deal with it.

Scenario 1:
You’re feeling too anxious prior to the test. Thoughts are racing through your mind. ‘What if something goes wrong?’ you ask yourself. Apparently, you are talking too fast but don’t even realize it.
What should you do?
If you have not left your home yet, try doing some less demanding exercises like push-ups or skipping a rope. Anything that will make your heart beat faster and your energy pumping. Stay away from too much caffeine. Make sure you add a few bananas to your breakfast. If you’re at the exam center, try to get yourself distracted and don’t think too much while you wait for the examiner. Reading a magazine, watching funny videos on YouTube and checking out what is trending on Twitter could be a good way to make your mind ease off.

Driving Test Nerves

Scenario 2:
You’re finally in the car with your examiner but suddenly you have butterflies in your stomach. To make it worse, you feel a little sick and your mouth feels dry.
How should you react?
  Before you get into the car with the examiner, make sure you have visited the bathroom. It is okay to drink water before the exam starts. Once you’re in the car, you can chew a gum to help you overcome your nerves. You can try out rescue remedy gum which contains anti-nervous ingredients. Just in case you’re thinking of skipping meals that day, don’t do it. That’s a bad idea! Skipping a meal will only lower your concentration levels. However, eating too much before the test will make you feel sluggish.

Scenario 3:
Your hands are shaking while driving and you can’t help but sweat too much. The grip on the steering wheel is too tight and you’re either driving too fast or too slow.
What should you do?
Open your window to let more air flow into the car. Take a deep breath and breathe out slowly. Make sure you inhale for at least 10 seconds and exhale with the same rhythm. Before you leave your house, ascertain you have worn your most comfortable clothes. Don’t wear clothes that are too tight making you struggle to breathe. Like a tie that is too tight to strangle you! Ladies, leave your high heels at home. Take your time to follow instructions. If you haven’t clearly understood the examiner’s instructions, don’t be shy to ask for clarity.

Scenario 4:
Definitely the worst case scenario is the full-blown panic attack. In just a brief snap of a finger, the mind goes completely blank. The nerves get so bad that you feel like getting out of the car and let the driving test be damned! It feels like you have been hypnotized or paralyzed.
How should you react?
You have to be able to notice the early signs of panic attack. In most cases, people who have severe panic attacks have probably experienced it beforehand in different situations. You can tell when it is about to happen. If you have tried everything else but still can’t overcome your nerves, it is a good idea to visit a doctor for assistance. Usually, a physician will prescribe a ‘beta-blocker’ to calm down your nerves and show no signs of anxiety. The only downside to this method is that it needs to be planned in advance before the driving test day. But hey, better safe than sorry.

Experiencing nerves during a driving test is nothing to be ashamed of. As a matter, it is normal and happens to more people than you can count. If it does happen to you, the question you should be asking yourself is what can you do about it? Remember, feeling nervous is just an illusion of the mind. Like when you’re trying to swim and the more nervous you are, the more likely you will drown. Driving is not so different. Whatever the mind can conceive, it can achieve.

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