What To Do On The Day Of Your Driving Test

Reduce anxiety and boost your confidence


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what to do the day of your driving test

The date of your driving test is probably marked with a big red X on your calendar. Or maybe, if you’re more of a tech gal, you set a couple of alarms to remind you of your big day.

There’s no shame in being excited or even nervous.

The day of your driving test really is a big deal, and it’s totally normal to have a variety of emotions about it.

But regardless of what you’re feeling, the ultimate goal is to give it your best shot.

In this post, we’ll help you do just that by sharing 6 effective tips for the day of your driving test.

Related: What To Do The Night Before Your Driving Test

What To Do On The Day Of Your Driving Test

1. Settle your mind 

Whether it’s with prayer, meditation, deep breathing or a combo of all four, this first step is absolutely crucial.

Related: Calm Your Nerves With This Prayer For Driving Test

Anxiety isn’t uncommon before big exams like this one, but you don’t have to let it get the best of you.

Settling your mind puts you at ease so you can focus on what really matters — doing your best.

Of course, you want to pass, but please remind yourself that failing isn’t the end of the world — whether it’s your first time or third.

2. Eat well

Hunger pangs are definitely distracting and you don’t want to mistake your rumbling tummy for the sound of an oncoming truck.

Save yourself from the discomfort (and embarrassment) by eating a healthy and filling meal before your exam.

Fruitt, eggs, oatmeal, toast and protein shakes are all great options and according to Healthline.com, are some of the best foods to have in the morning.

You can find easy and healthy meal ideas here.

3. Wear something comfy

When it comes to driving, comfortable clothes and shoes are underrated. 

Clothes that are too tight, itchy, too bright, and even too baggy can all result in you squirming in your seat instead of giving your road your full attention.

Go for a comfy T-shirt or something weather-appropriate. Swap sandals and heels for comfy sneakers, loafers or flats. Keep your hair out of your face and avoid styles that are too tight.

Skip the dramatic falsies (that can affect your vision) and long nails (that can affect your grip on the steering wheel). 

You can save those for the after-party.

4. Review of your driving notes

This is optional.

But while it’s always better to save your studying for the days BEFORE your test, it’s okay to do a final review of your driving notes the actual day of your driving exam. 

Sometimes you may have forgotten something crucial and that last glance through your notes could save you.

You can also ask an experienced driver to explain any concepts you aren’t too sure about. Just be sure they’re actually a good driver, so you know they’re telling you the right thing.

5. Get there early

If you didn’t know, there’s no such thing as being fashionably late for your driving exam.

In fact, if you’ve ever been late before, you know that it can make you a flustered mess.

Don’t let that be you.

Like we mentioned in our post about what to do the night before your exam: go to bed early and set lots of alarms so you can get there on time.

Better late than never, sure, but being early is much better.

6. Say Affirmations

Affirmations really do work. 

In our post 40 Driving Affirmations To Keep You Calm & Confident, we talk about the fact that repeating affirmations can encourage your brain to take these positive affirmations as fact. 

They also help to reduce anxiety and to boost your confidence.

Of course, affirmations work better the longer you say them, but it doesn’t hurt to repeat some positive statements on the day of your driving exam.

Try reminding yourself that:

  • You’ve got this
  • You’re doing the exam today because you’re ready
  • You’re going to do your best and that’s what really matters

Related: 40 Driving Affirmations To Keep You Calm & Confident


In this post, we covered 6 ideas of what to do on the day of your driving test, to help you give it your best shot. These tips are effective for reducing anxiety and nerves and putting you in the right frame of mind.

If you’re going to do your driving test soon, we really wish you all the best!