The time has come; it’s officially time to take the tests for your driver’s license. Regardless of how much time you’ve spent practicing or how confident you are behind the wheel, it’s very natural for nerves to surface. In today’s blog, the team at MVD Express is going to go over a couple of different things that you can do to work through your nerves and get in the right headspace for your exams. Let’s get started.

Study the Night Before

If you are someone that naturally gets nervous prior to tests, it’s always helpful to take some time to study the night before. If you had the opportunity to take some practice tests, look over them prior to your test date. Highlight any questions that you aren’t able to answer correctly or that you’re not incredibly confident on and circle back to them. Now that you have a better idea of what you’re struggling with, you can spend some time focused on these areas.

Don’t Skip Your Meals

A common thing to do when there’s a build up of nerves is to skip a meal. Though your stomach may be in knots or you’re simply too distracted to eat, the last thing that you want to do is skip a meal. Not only does your body need this fuel for energy throughout the day, but it needs this fuel to focus. Skipping a meal could you leave sleepy and distracted during the test, two things that you don’t want to struggle with.

Show Up On Time

The stress of having to take a big test can definitely increase nerves. For that reason, you want to do your best to ensure that all other factors of the day are taken care of. One of the many things that can greatly affect your attitude and mood the day of the test is timing. If you’re running late, you pile on the stress of getting there on time on top of the nerves that you’re already filling. This pile up will only make the nerves worse and the tardiness will leave you short on time and unable to really calm your mind before the exam. To avoid that from happening, make a plan the day prior. Figure out what time you need to leave to get to MVD Express on time, who is going to drive you, and what documents you need. With all of this ready to go, you’ll be able to focus on combating nerves before the test, and that’s it.

Tell Yourself You’re Ready

One of the more challenging ways to work through your nerves is also one of the most successful techniques: telling yourself that you’re ready. Yes, the nerves are going to surface because it’s a test, but you truly are ready! You’ve spent hours practicing driving on various terrains and in different settings, you’ve gone to a driver’s ed course where you learned more about the legal aspects of driving and were taught about distractions, you’re ready!

Take Deep Breaths

Before you get started with the written or driving exam, take some deep breaths. This slows your heart rate down and gets oxygen to all of your vital organs. On top of that, these deep breaths can really help you clear your mind of any distractions and focus on the task at hand. Do this as often as you need to slow your mind and body down to a level of calmness that you’re comfortable in. It’s something so small, but it can make a world of difference.

Walk Around

If you’re someone that releases nerves and stress by moving around, do that! There are no rules that say you have to sit still before taking the test. Have the person that drove you there wait inside while numbers are called and take some time to go outside, walk around, and get fresh air. If this is what calms you down, take the time to do it — it’s worth it!

Schedule Your Appointment at MVD Express

Now that you’ve worked through your nerves, it’s time to schedule an appointment to get your license. Here at MVD Express in New Mexico, we try to make your time at the MVD as painless as possible. That’s why we offer up-to-the-minute wait time updates and provide the opportunity to schedule appointments online. If you have any questions regarding the driver’s test or you need help with scheduling your appointment, contact our office and we would be more than happy to help.