When it comes to learning to drive, are the nerves holding you back? You are not the only one. Getting behind the wheel for the first time can get the better of a lot of people, but if you want to learn how to drive, then you need to learn how to get hold of those nerves.
It may seem easier said then done, but a few simple changes can make all the difference. Licence2Drive instructor, Gareth, shares five of his top tips for getting hold of the nerves, and getting you on the road to driving success.
1) Be honest When it comes to choosing the right driving instructor for you, it pays to be upfront and honest. If you know you are likely to struggle in the early days with bad nerves, let prospective driving instructors know straight away. They will be able to advise you on who would be the best instructor and what to do to help you get through your nerves.
2) Don’t over analyse. If there is one trait all nervous drivers share, it is a tendency to over analyse their performances. However, this will only make you MORE nervous! You are learning to drive with an experienced and qualified instructor who really know their stuff, so learn to trust their feedback. They will tell you where you are going wrong and how to make it right – you don’t need to do it yourself! So take their advice on board and let it go.
3) Breathe During your driving lesson, when the nerves take control, and you feel like you are losing control, it is easy to almost forget to breathe. Panic can make us take quick shallow breaths, which will only make things worse. Sometimes just a few deep breaths can make all the difference. If you need a moment, tell your instructor, pull over somewhere safe and take a moment to breathe.
4) Get to know the car When you first step into the car for your first lesson, it can seem like there is a lot going on. Taking some time to get to know the car before you start driving can help. Your instructor should run you through where everything is and what it all does. Spend some time getting the feel of the car and learn what every button and switch does. It may even help to look under the hood and run through the engine. As the saying goes, knowledge is power!
5) Take it slowly… but try and push yourself! Learning to drive is on your terms – don’t forget that. When you first begin, you don’t need to rush. Taking it at a slower speed and learning to drive on quieter roads that you feel comfortable on will help to build your confidence. And hopefully combat some of the nerves! But at the same time, make sure you try and push yourself. Getting too comfortable could mean that your driving will not get any better, and when it comes to taking the next steps, you could end up having to battle the nerves all over again. Your driving instructor has been through it all before and will be the best person to judge when it is time to push you.
It is now up to you…
Nerves are common but they do not have to stop you from learning to drive. Put your trust in your driving instructor – and yourself – and you will have that driving licence in your hand sooner than you think!
Licence2Drive instructors are equipped to help you get through your nerves. Just ask <>…