There’s nothing quite as daunting as a driving test. You’re guaranteed to have butterflies in your stomach, sweaty palms and a raised heartbeat. Don’t worry. This is all completely normal.

While a driving test brings out the nervous energy in all of us, the key is to be prepared. That way, nothing can surprise you and you’re likely to pass. Here are some ways to prepare for your driving test.

Prepare for emergencies

What happens if you have an accident during your driving test? This is something that many learner drivers fear. While your examiner will have their own set of pedals, it’s important to be prepared for accidents or emergencies. This means knowing how to respond afterwards; such as stopping the car, putting on your hazards and redirecting traffic. You may also want to get in touch with a Houston car accident lawyer, as well as getting any injuries checked out by a medical team. The chance of an accident happening during your test is unlikely, but being prepared will help in the worst-case scenario.

Know the roads

It’s no good learning to drive in Houston if you’re taking your test in Dallas. You might be a great driver, but all beginners struggle on roads they don’t know. So, it’s important to drive around in the area that your test will be. Familiarize yourself with one way systems, busy junctions and confusing road signs. That way, you won’t be thrown off by an unexpected turning and will be able to perform at your very best.

Get a good night’s sleep

It’s difficult to perform well when we’re cranky and tired. So, the key to doing well in your driving test is to make sure you get a good night’s sleep beforehand. This means no late-night partying or binging Netflix. Put your phone on silent and aim for at least eight hours of shut-eye. A good night’s sleep will help you feel positive, motivated and ready for your driving test.

Be comfortable with the car

All cars drive differently. You might be great at driving in your instructor’s car, but keep stalling in your mom’s. A diesel car might drive more smoothly than petrol, or the biting point might be different. So, prepare for your test by becoming comfortable in the car you’ll be taking the examination in. This means driving it regularly and understanding how to drive smoothly. You should also know how to fill it up and change the tire – just in case.

Relax

When we’re stressed and anxious, our bodies can act in mysterious ways. You might know how to parallel park, but in the moment your mind has suddenly gone blank. Try to relax. While it might seem like a lot is riding on this moment, you can always take the test again. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself.