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Nervous About Learning to Drive?

When you feel uncertain or insecure about what might happen next, you usually take control of the situation by taking action.

If you were unable to take control then you would develop a sense of anxiety, or fear, about the situation ahead. This is exactly what happens with nervous pupils, either consciously or unconsciously, their heart rate increases, their palms sweat and anxiety takes over.

But there are ways that we are able to take control and this turns the 'fear' of what might happen into positive and useful information.

Why are you nervous?

Nervousness and fear are learned behaviours.

You may have learnt to be nervous long before you started driving lessons, there could be issues that go back to childhood when you were a passenger in a car, perhaps in an accident; perhaps you feel pressured to drive by a parent or spouse and you don't really feel ready; possibly you have had lessons with an instructor who has inadvertently taught you to be nervous.

Your nervousness might not be related to driving at all, you might simply experience general anxiety at the thought of learning or testing because of a fear of failure.

It is often useful to discover what the cause is, however this is not always possible, either because it might be an uncomfortable thing for you to think about or discuss, or simply that you don't know, you may have no conscious awareness of the cause.

I mentioned above that some instructors might inadvertently teach people to feel nervous; the most common causes of this are:

Other reasons include instructors becoming impatient or angry, instructors talking on the phone during lessons and leaving the pupil with a feeling of isolation, and an environment that is driven by negative language - 'difficult', 'fail', 'poor', etc.

 What can be done to help

You need to have Confidence!

In order to feel confident in any situation you need two things to be in place:

  1. The skill to perform the task or to deal with any given situation.
  2. The belief that you have the skill.

If you have the skill without the belief you are likely to be hesitant and lack commitment, with this in mind it's important to ensure that you are comfortable with any situation before you move on - this doesn't mean that there should be no challenge, however it does mean that you must understand and be happy with the level of challenge.

The most effective way to cope with nervousness and anxiety is to replace it with a sense of control - No one can do this for you, you can only do it for yourself, however, your instructor can help you with this process by following some simple guidelines.

A sense of control

Planning: You should be included in the lesson planning process. This means discussing the lesson content and location. Maybe you can set your own goals for the lesson or simply find your own way to drive home at the end of a lesson. The more you are included in the planning process the more you will feel in control of your own learning.

Focus and achievement: Knowing your lesson goals gives you plenty of opportunity to work towards the goals and will help you to gain early success and recognise that success for yourself.

Positive feedback: You need positive feedback - many instructors focus on the negative!

For example, if someone cuts a right-hand corner many instructors are likely to start the feedback with something like "You realise you just cut the corner - we could have been killed!" OK, perhaps not quite that blunt, but focusing on the negative aspects of what happened rather than the fact that they may have made good mirror checks, signalled correctly, adjusted the speed on approach appropriately, dealt with other road users properly and so on.

The feedback process should be positive, and ideally rather than just being told what was good, you should be asked in order to develop your self-evaluation skills...

"You did something on the approach to the last right turn which I really liked - any idea what it is I'm talking about?"

Find your own answers

Think about situations and ask yourself questions. Here are a few examples.

"Will that car pull out in front of me?"

"Has the other driver seen me?"

"What will those children do next?"

"What could I do differently next time so that I feel more comfortable on the approach to that junction?

"What would I do if were in the car on my own, without my instructor, what might I do in that situation?"

"What do I need to know in order to figure out a different approach?"


Many Thanks to John Farlam from SmartLearners for much of the above information 

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