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Butterflies in your stomach? Palms sweating? Feeling like you might parallel park into a panic attack? Fear not, driving test rookie! This guide equips you with 13 ninja-level tricks to conquer your nerves and ace your DMV test.

Forget the horror stories, ditch the jitters, and cruise to victory with these expert tips. Buckle up and get ready to transform test day anxiety into driving zen!

Whether you’re preparing for your first driving test or the third one, these tips to calm your nerves during a DMV driving test.

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1. Trust the Instructor

Your driving instructor is among the few people that have been by your side from when you started learning how to drive. Believe it or not, this professional knows your strengths and weak points.

The instructor also knows your confidence level and level of progress. Thus, when they tell you that you’re ready to schedule a driving test, don’t doubt them.

The instructor won’t ask you to apply for a driving test until they confirm your readiness.

Even if you have to book the test several weeks in advance, the instructor will have an accurate assessment of your abilities after your first couple of lessons.

If the date for your DMV driving test is approaching and you’re still struggling with parallel parking or the three-point turn, they may recommend a few additional lessons or ask you to reschedule.

2. Take the Mock Test

Most people get nervous during a driving test because at this time, they don’t receive any instruction or help from the examiner. Instead, the examiner only speaks to provide details on the maneuver to make or the direction to take.

This can be unnerving, especially if you are used to being constantly coached by the instructor. To avoid this unsettling feeling during your test, be sure to know what to expect even before scheduling the test.

You can ask the instructor to guide you through the mock test and point out the common mistakes new drivers make while taking a road test. Such preparation will boost your confidence when the big day comes.

3. Take the Examiner as Your Friend Rather than Enemy

Examiners aren’t out to get you. Their aim is to ensure you aren’t posing danger to yourself and other road users.

They’re not tricking you to make errors, or testing you on something the instructor didn’t teach you.

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Your examiner won’t ask you to do anything you haven’t practiced during the lessons. Thus, relax because this is familiar ground for you.

Feel free to ask your examiner to repeat an instruction if you didn’t get it right the first time. That’s way better than doing something the examiner didn’t ask.

The examiner knows how disheartening it’s to fail and will be glad if you passed your test. Thus, heed to the examiner’s directives and stay focused on the road – and you’ll pass the road test.

4. Keep Your DMV Driving Test a Secret

Don’t announce to everyone when you’re about to take a test, as it might give you immense pressure to please them to the extent that you lose concentration.

Some people might start giving you wrong, unsolicited advice as well (on this, later). The best time to inform them is after you’ve passed.

5. Breathing Exercises

When waiting for the test to start or already behind the wheel, and you feel nervous, you can try to take slow, deep breathes. Breathing exercises can help you relax. That way you will be able to calm your nerves during a DMV driving test

6. Go Early

Once you schedule your DMV driving test, be there at least 15 minutes to time. Arriving early allows you enough time to relax and be focused to drive. If you anticipate any lateness, it’s better to call in and reschedule than come late and fail because you were stressed.

Also, don’t arrive too early as waiting too long might make you impatient and affect your performance.

7. Don’t Skip Meals

While you may not be thinking about eating when preparing for test, you’ll need it to gain brain fuel for the test. Eat something before test so you can concentrate well.

No, don’t take a full meal at your favorite eatery; take a banana instead.

8. Don’t Do Too Much on the Material Day

Chances are, you’ve spent the last months, weeks, and days getting ready for the test. Thus, you don’t need to spend all your time trying to master parallel parking now.

Of course, take some time to drive around in advance, but don’t stress on doing a perfect turn on the road before going to your test location.

9. Keep off Caffeine

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You might think taking many caffeinated drinks will help keep you alert, but drinking too much of it might make you more jittery and agitated.

Instead, you’ll want to drink more water or a naturally calming beverage, such as tea or chamomile.

10. Take a Walk before the DMV Driving Test

A brisk exercise triggers the brain to release endorphins that help the body to relax and calm your brain. Thus, to help calm your mind, stroll around the park before the test.

11. Take the Driving Test at a Location that Suits You

It’s recommended that you choose a location you are familiar with. We aren’t suggesting that you only stick with the test routes around Brooklyn.

But being conversant with the roads you may drive on during the test means that you aren’t worried about what may come down the road. That’s one less thing to worry about, right?

12. Ignore the “Horror Stories” Regarding DMV Driving Test

As soon as you book the test, you’ll probably have folks telling you all kinds of stories. But most of these stories are typically exaggerated and should be ignored!

Here are examples of strange advice you might hear:

Moving Your Head

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 You’ll hear people say that you should move your head so many times so the examiner knows you’re looking in the mirrors. Well, the truth is examiners can tell whether you’re looking at the mirrors without you moving your head. So, just act yourself and save yourself that neck strain.

Talking to the Examiner (or not)

Some will say you shouldn’t’ say a word during your test. Others say, you should constantly chat with the examiner regarding everything you’re doing and why you’re doing it.

Well, neither the examiner nor you should talk constantly during the test. You examiner expects you to focus; thus, if he or she doesn’t talk much, don’t be surprised. Typically, they may talk before and after your test, but not during your test. Instead, they may only talk about the move they’d like you to make.

Similarly, you shouldn’t be engrossed in small talk, as it might interfere with your concentration. But, of course, feel free to ask for any clarification on something your examiner asked you to do.

What to Wear

 There’s even more “advice” suggesting that female candidates wear something revealing to impress the examiner and pass the test.

But such trick won’t influence the examiner in any way plus you can’t easily tell your examiner’s gender, anyway.

So, wear shoes and clothes you’ll be comfortable rather than what will hinder your movement. Your driving skills are under scrutiny and not your appearance.

13. Use a Car You’re Comfortable with

It’s best to drive in a car you are familiar with, as it helps to ease off the pressure of taking a test in an entirely new car.

Some Brooklyn driving schools offer supervised driving lessons in vehicles that would still be used for a driving test. Learning to drive at such schools can improve your chances of passing the road test.


Passing your driving test the first time is all about learning to calm your nerves during a DMV driving test. Keep in mind these tips before and after your road test and you should pass it the first time.

Remember, we can organize a car for your road test to ensure you drive in a vehicle you are familiar with, which makes you less nervous during the test.

Check some of our flexible and affordable packages that include road test scheduling as well as a car for the test. Contact one of our associates today for free consultation.