Dealing With The Anxiety Of Learning To Drive
Posted by Direct Drive on 01 July 13
So, you have finally booked some driving lessons in Croydon, Mitcham or the surrounding area with us here at Direct Drive. Whilst you should feel pleased with yourself, chances are that you actually feel quite nervous. Moreover, your anxiety is probably increasing as the day of your first lesson draws nearer. In fact, all kinds of things will more than likely be going around your head at the moment: where will the instructor take me? What if I can’t do what they ask?
Of course, this kind of apprehensiveness is quite normal. Indeed, most fledgeling learner drivers experience a degree of anxiety before they begin their very first driving lessons in Wandsworth or Sutton. Fortunately, it is relatively easy to allay any fears you may have by being prepared and doing a little bit of research in advance.
Below are a few simple things which you can do to help settle your nerves:
Ensure you Have your Provisional Licence
Make sure you have received your provisional driving licence before booking your first driving lessons in Mitcham or beyond. On average it takes three weeks for your licence to arrive so make sure you leave yourself enough time.
Get a Feel for Sitting in the Driver’s Seat
If you can, try and get a friend or relative to let you sit in the driver’s seat of their car. Doing so will help you to become familiar with the controls as well as take away some of the fear that comes from being ‘in control’.
Watch some Learning to Drive Videos
There are many videos available online which can give you a taste of what to expect on your first lesson. Don’t bother trying to memorise what you see; just watch them a few times to get familiar with the language that is used, and the concepts being discussed or demonstrated.
Once you have done the above you should try not to think about driving until your instructor arrives for your first driving lesson.
Your First Lesson
You should bring both parts of your driving licence to your first driving lesson (photocard and paper counterpart) as your instructor will need to check them. In addition, you will need to bring any glasses or contact lenses that you use as your driving instructor will also want to check your eyesight (you must be able to read a number plate at 20.5 metres).
Your driving instructor will drive the car to a quiet road to begin the driving lesson. Once you arrive they will swap seats with you, check any knowledge you may already have, and explain the controls of the vehicle.
After working through the theory of basic driving you will be given the opportunity to have your first drive of the car. We recommend that your first driving lesson should be at least 90 minutes long as this will give you enough time to learn how to get the car moving, change gear and stop safely.
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