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Topic: Driving and test taking anxiety

2 posts, 0 answered
  1. Pops06
    Pops06 avatar
    1 posts
    10 April 2021

    Hi there, just wondering if anyone else suffers from driving anxiety and also test taking anxiety?

    I really struggle with driving however I have gotten a lot more confident over the past few years. I feel ready to finally take my driving test, however have uncontrollable anxiety about failing the test. Even thinking about it sends me into a panicked state.

    For context, I’m 30 years old and have failed the practical driving test twice because I physic myself out. I also have dyslexia which I think has impacted my ability to drive and given me ‘fear of failures’ when it comes to test taking.

    Can anyone else relate or provide any suggestions on how to conquer this fear?

  2. Croix
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    11 April 2021 in reply to Pops06

    Dear Pos06~

    Taking a driving test can be a nerve-wracking experience, particularly if you have not been able to accomplish it before.

    I suppose there are two suggestions that might help. The first is that many driving schools in some states actually use the same instructor as the examiner for the practical test. This makes things easier, it is almost as if you going out for a bit more instruction, you are used to the person and the car - as well as the area where you will be doing the driving.

    The second is practice. I used to have to give lectures and tutorials before classes, and I found it was very easy for me to stumble and get lost if I went into them just having written notes and left it at that. Practicing delivering the talk made a lot of difference, at times even if one was unsure the habit one had acquired in the practice runs kept one going wihtout making mistakes.

    So I guess you find out from your own knowledge or that of an instructor what are the areas you are weak in and practice them till you can do them wihtout thinking.

    Any help?


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