Learning to drive is often an enjoyable experience and one that many people get quite excited about. The freedom and independence that comes from having a driving license is unparalleled but it doesn’t come without hard work and sacrifice.

In order to pass your driving test you will have no doubt put in the hard work and trained with a qualified and skilled instructor. By the time it comes to taking your test you should feel confident and ready for the next step – but even then, there are a number of considerations you should make before getting in the car for your driving test.

We have compiled some tips to help you prepare for your test and put you in the best possible state (physically and mentally) to give you the best chances of success.

1. Start With A Good Night’s Sleep

Having a good night’s sleep for a few days prior to your test will not only regulate your body clock but it will also help you to be in tip top condition physically and mentally. Having between 7 and 9 hours sleep on a regular basis will help to increase your concentration levels which will ultimately help you during your test.

To help you sleep well the night before you should feel well prepared. If you have taken all the necessary steps and followed this guide then you should be able to sleep with a clearer mind.

2. Wear Comfortable Clothing

Wearing comfortable and loose fitting clothing will make you feel more at ease during your driving test. It will also allow you to have a more free range of motion which will help when driving – particularly with manoeuvres that can require a greater deal of movement.

3. Take Regular Driving Lessons

It goes without saying that you should take driving lessons on a regular basis when learning to drive. Choosing a qualified instructor is key to this and you should choose an instructor or driving school that has a good track record and positive reviews.

There is no set amount of time that you should learn for before taking your test but you should feel confident and well prepared before thinking about booking your driving test.

4. Book An Extra Driving Lesson

On the day of your test you need to feel ready. To help with this it is often useful to book an extra lesson prior to your test so that you can warm up and feel focused and ready. You don’t want to spend hours in a car before your test, but a 30-60 minute warm up is ideal.

5. Stay Calm But Focused

It is easy to allow your mind to run wild and let nerves take over when it comes to the day of your test. However, if you have done the ground work and feel ready then you should be able to stay calm. Some nerves are inevitable and these can actually be helpful to keep you focused, but it is also important to remain calm as you will be making split second decisions when driving. A calm but focused approach is best.

6. Know The Roads

You will have chosen your test centre and there are only so many routes and roads around the test centre. That means you can have a good understanding of those roads and routes prior to your test. Make it a priority to have driven on the roads around the area so you are familiar with any quirks or unusual junctions. The more you know going in to the test the better prepared you will be.

7. Be Confident

You have booked your test so you must be ready. Your instructor has told you that you are ready. So believe it. Approach your test with confidence but not arrogance. Try and enjoy it is much as possible and believe in yourself.