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Get Past Driving Test Nerves

Get Past Driving Test Nerves“Most learners taking their driving
  test suffer nervousness as they worry
  about whether their skills will pass
  muster with the examiner. But now
  Lorna Cordwell has written a new book,
  Get Past Driving Test Nerves, to give
  you a helping hand
...”

EXAMS CAN MAKE US FEEL NERVOUS AND ANXIOUS. But the driving test is also physically demanding and needs to be approached calmly and with much preparation. Surprisingly, the pass rate is still only around 44 per cent and although some learners were perhaps not ready to take their driving test, most of those who do not pass are suffering from nerves rather than a lack of skill.

You can help yourself to conquer the fear of driving tests by reading Get Past Driving Test Nerves by Harley Street therapist Lorna Cordwell. Using her expertise, she has devised a series of easy-to-follow exercises and methods to help you gain greater self-control during your test.

Lorna can teach you how to dispel negative anticipation. We've all heard it: "I'll be so nervous on the day, I won't be able to do anything". Fortunately, negative thoughts can be turned into positive affirmations by using this no-nonsense guide to steer you towards success in your driving test.

With 56 per cent of learner drivers who take their test in the UK not achieving a pass, there would appear to be a high number of those who find the whole thing a frightening and confidence-destroying experience — a problem that needs to be addressed.

No self-respecting driving school would put you through for your test unless you were ready. But just because your instructor inspires confidence in you, it doesn't mean that you will drive as well with an examiner sitting beside you.

Get Past Driving Test Nerves looks at your expectations, the reasons why we are anxious, the 'fight or flight' response, dealing with mistakes, identifying the sort of person you are, being emotionally and mentally prepared and how you react in certain circumstances. It also tells you how to remain calm and focused under pressure during your lessons as well as when you take your test. Lorna also emphasises the importance of doing things for yourself, not for other people, and asks: Does it really matter if you don't pass your test at this time?

Don't see passing your test as the be-all-and-end-all — you should try to see not passing as a dress rehearsal. If it doesn't work out, you can take the test again — and you may be a better driver for having had the benefit of more lessons. You will also know what to expect and perhaps not be so anxious because of it.

And talking of anxiety, Lorna explains how anxiety works and shows you how to calm your nerves by setting aside regular times to practice deep relaxation. She passes on a number of tips, including: The key to overcoming nerves is to stop perceiving the test as a threat; and: A period of eating a simple, well-balanced diet could do wonders for your anxiety levels.

You could also try to look at your examiner in a different way — he (or she) is, after all, only there to do a job. And by following the scripts devised by Lorna to be practiced in the run-up to the test you should be able to improve both your self-image and your ability to relax.

Get Past Driving Test Nerves will not, of course, teach you how to drive. What it will do is help you to overcome any feelings of anxiety, fear or nervousness before and after the test. Learner drivers now have it in their sights to gain greater self-control during their test and help them to lose those L-plates!

A superb way to train yourself to be more relaxed and confident and to have a more positive mental attitude, Get Past Driving Test Nerves allows you to benefit from Harley Street therapist Lorna Cordwell's considerable experience in this field — I think every driving instructor should have a copy of Get Past Driving Test Nerves.

Get Past Driving Test Nerves by Lorna Cordwell is published by Summersdale Publishers Ltd and is available through all good bookshops and internet booksellers or by telephoning Mail Order at Summersdale Publishers Ltd on +44 (0) 1243 771 107. ISBN: 978 1 84024 673 5. Paperback | 126 pages | RRP 5.99.

"A superb way to train yourself to be more relaxed and confident and to have a more positive mental attitude, Get Past Driving Test Nerves allows you to benefit from Harley Street therapist Lorna Cordwell's considerable experience in this field — I think every driving instructor should have a copy of Get Past Driving Test Nerves" — MotorBar

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About the author

With a private practice in London's Harley Street, Lorna Cordwell is a therapist who specialises in relaxation work and hypnotherapy to help clients overcome anxiety and fear. Having gained a degree in psychology from the London School of Economics and a postgraduate diploma from the national College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, she has worked as a therapist since 1987. Lorna is based in London.