Driving Test Nerves

I’ve worked with lots of people on their anxieties around driving. Some of this work has been with people who are uncomfortable with busy traffic, parking in front of onlookers, or some other aspect of driving, but much of it has been with learner drivers. These drivers are perfectly competent and should easily pass their test, but they fall apart with driving test nerves on the day.

Article about my work on driving test nerves
Suffolk Free Press article about my work on driving test nerves

You’ll be pleased to know that across the board, these things all seem to respond really well to the approaches I use, and many of my former clients are now perfectly happy and experienced drivers.

I recently discovered that a local driving instructor (Tarah from Aquarius Driving School) had sent me at least seven of her students, all of whom had taken and failed at least one test (and as many as five tests!) because of driving test nerves.

I was pleased to hear that subsequent to our sessions each one had passed easily so I am now coordinating efforts with Tarah, as well as several more driving schools about how I can help their nervous students. (See the article the Suffolk Free Press wrote about our collaboration)

I’ve helped lots of people with these issues and I would love to help you with your own driving anxiety. Call me on 07967 473691 to find out how we can do that.

Note: If you have already passed your test and are still having difficulties, you may be looking for my page on Driving Anxiety

Testimonial from Carly Ashdown

A recent post I have just seen has reminded me, in all the excitement I totally forgot to leave my review/recommendations for Sudbury Hypnosis by Benjamin Ryan.

I was having driving lessons last year with the lovely Tarah From Aquarius Driving School, I was at the last hurdle-driving test fast approaching, and I was just falling apart with nerves, I just couldn’t get my thoughts off the upcoming dreaded “Test Day”.

Tarah suggested booking an appointment with Benjamin, as she had recently had another lady having the exact same experience, hypnosis with Benjamin had worked wonders for her.

Now I was a little sceptical having never had hypnosis before, but having worked myself into such a state I was willing to try anything that helped with the test now less than 2 days away.

I called Sudbury Hypnosis, and Benjamin so kindly dropped his weekend plans to make me an appointment for the very next morning, he instantly put me at ease, and worked through various techniques with me to find something that my mind/body would relate to for me to not only use on the day, but anytime I feel myself experiencing that same fear.

The proof was in the pudding as with the help of Benjamin and Tarah, I passed my driving test the next day!!

I would highly recommend this service and glad to hear Sudbury Hypnosis & Aquarius Driving School are teaming up-welldone guys.


“I had been experiencing anxiety about driving from the moment I started to learn how to do it. After finally passing my driving test about a year ago, the anxieties continued and increased despite being qualified and able. I would make excuses not to go out and if I did it would only be to certain places on a specific route, even if it was the long way round! Reasons I would have for not driving would usually be centered around clutch control and the gears, worrying that I would constantly stall the car and generally be an inconvenience to other drivers.

I realised that I really needed to address the issue as it was holding me back in life, and so decided to try hypnotherapy with Ben. I needed to catch two buses to get to the appointment as it was 20 miles away. After one very interesting and relaxing hypnotherapy session, my driving anxieties had decreased significantly, so much so that I was able to drive to a follow up appointment a week later. After two sessions, I feel confident enough to get out there in the car without having a multitude of thoughts racing through my head about what might happen on the journey.

It is a tremendous weight off my shoulders so thank you very much for all of your help, Ben!”


Testimonial from Jenny Hay

“I went to Ben to seek help with my driving anxieties. I was panicking over the simple thought of driving, even if was a trip to the supermarket. I had tried counselling a year earlier but it didn’t manage to help any of my worries.

Ben put me at ease and assured me that he could help. We chatted at length about my worries & anxieties before the session.Since I have found that my anxieties have reduced dramatically and I no longer worry or panic over simple journeys that I have made many times before. I have also managed to make longer journeys to new places & have happily driven at night also.

Thank you Ben.”