I’m a driving expert and these are the top seven things you MUST do the night before your test

IT'S natural to be nervous the night before your driving test.

But there are some things learners can do to help ease any nerves – and make sure they're as prepared as possible.

Here Seb Goldin, CEO of RED Driving School has created a list of the top things you should do the night before your test for The Sun.

Brush up on the process of the day

Understanding the logistics of the day and what will come next at every stage will help to settle any nerves. 

Ensure that you liaise with your driving instructor on the exact timings of the day, including a warm-up lesson before arriving at the test centre. 

It’s also important that you make sure that you have all the necessary documents in an easy to access place. 

Pack your bag

To complete any test,you must have the below with you:

  • Your UK driving licence
  • Your theory test pass certificate

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Plan your nutrition

Even if you think you won’t be thirsty or hungry, it’s integral that you prioritise feeling nourished on the day of your test. 

Plan ahead the night before and make sure that you choose nutritious foods which your brain will benefit from on the day. 

Although it can be tempting, it is wise to avoid too much caffeine. 

In terms of food, we recommend slow energy release foods such as porridge, banana or cereal bars.

Plan your outfit

This might seem like an odd tip, but your choice of outfit can work in your favour. 

You should be sure to choose sensible shoes as your feet are what will get you from A to Z on the day and planning the night before will help you to avoid rushing on the day of the test. 

This will also make sure you don’t forget anything important, too – like glasses or any other accessories you deem integral.

Practice the 'show me tell me' part of the driving test

The vehicle safety questions will be asked at the start of the driving test and while you’re driving.

While you can’t fail the driving test on these questions alone, being confident in your responses ahead of the test will put your mind at ease – especially as the “tell me” question will be at the start of your test. 

Get familiar with the controls on your car, so you’re comfortable and practiced on the day.

Practice controlled breathing

A simple anxiety busting tip you can perform whilst driving is to practice this breathing

technique: simply breathe deeply in for 5 seconds, and out again for 5 seconds, repeat for up to 3 minutes. 

Practice this controlled breathing technique the night before so you are familiar with it. 

If you’re nervous on the day, you’ll know exactly what to do, and this could help to subside feelings of anxiousness that you may have.

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Get a good relaxing night’s sleep

It’s basic but it’s necessary – a good night’s sleep does wonders.

It’s good to remind yourself that any professional driving instructor will only put their pupils forward if they are confident that they are in a position to pass. 

Through progress tracking and frequent updates, learner drivers should place confidence in their driving instructor’s opinion, and remind this when nerves get the better of them.

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