Anxious about learning to drive?
If you are reading this, congrats on taking your first steps in overcoming your anxiety about learning to drive!
Learning to drive can be a stressful and anxiety-provoking experience for many people. It can be especially challenging for those who struggle with anxiety, as driving requires a high level of focus and attention to detail. It is normal to be anxious, specially for adult beginners. As we get older, we understand better the consequences of making a mistake. However, with some patience and preparation, it is possible for anxious people to learn to drive and even become confident and comfortable behind the wheel.
Here are a few tips that may be helpful for anxious people who are learning to drive:
#1: Start with a calm and patient instructor:
Look for a driving instructor who is patient, calm, and understanding of your anxiety. A good instructor can provide a supportive and encouraging learning environment, which can help you feel more at ease and confident. At Archer’s, all our instructors are experienced in dealing with anxious and nervous beginner drivers. As driving instructors our focus is not just teaching you to drive but more importantly, to keep us and others safe. If you do anything wrong, no worries, all our cars come equipped with instructor controls and we will stop the car. We will not let anything bad happen.
#2: Take things at your own pace:
Don’t feel rushed to learn to drive. It is important to go at a pace that feels comfortable for you. When you do your first lesson, we will drive you somewhere nice and quiet, talk for a while about car controls, adjusting the seat and mirrors, and how to view the road. Next, we will demonstrate proper driving techniques going around the block. THEN you start driving. We will focus on the very basics at first and only progress when you become proficient with basic controls. Everything will be taught progressively. The instructor will only ask you to do a new maneuver if they think that you are ready for it. If you are not comfortable attempting a new skill, no worries, we will do something else. At the end of the day, you are the boss!
#3: Learn to manage your anxiety:
There are various techniques you can use to manage your anxiety while driving, such as deep breathing and positive self-talk. During your lesson, the instructor will be monitoring you and, if they feel you seem overwhelmed, they will ask you if you are okay and want a break. And if the instructor does not notice it, then you can always ask for a break. No worries, we are on your time.
#4: Practice, practice, practice:
The more you practice, the more comfortable and confident you will become. While we understand that not all students will be able to practice in-between lessons, practicing is key to progressing faster. At the end of your lesson, your instructor may recommend what you should practice and might suggest a good place for practicing.
Learning to drive can be a challenging experience, but with patience, practice, and the right support, it is possible for anxious people to become confident and comfortable behind the wheel.
Looking forward to assisting you in becoming a driver.