It seems as though there is a preconception that once someone passes their test, they’re confident to get out on the road by themselves, however, that isn’t always the case. Whilst some newly qualified drivers can’t wait to hit the road solo, for others even short, simple journeys can cause huge distress.
Firstly, we want you to know you’re not alone, and being nervous behind the wheel is completely normal. Secondly, we’d like to remind you that is does get better. No one wants to work hard to pass their test, only to never drive because of the anxiety that comes with it!
We’ve got some great tips for nervous drivers that are surprisingly simple. If you keep up with these tips we’re sure you’ll combat your fear in no time!
Remember the basics
- Cockpit drill
- MSM routine (Mirror, Signal, Manoeuvre)
- Clutch control
They’re all small and relatively simple things but are essential when driving, and let’s face it – you know how to do them because you’ve passed your test! Making sure you’re getting the basics right will boost your confidence in the car. If you feel like you’ve completely forgotten the basics, get in touch with your driving instructor and ask for a refresher lesson!
Make a plan
- Fuel levels – do you need to fill up?
- Is the journey long – will you need to stop at services?
- Do you need a sat nav?
- How much time do you need to get there?
Making a clear and precise plan of your journey may seem a bit over the top, but it means you won’t have any extra stress on your journey.
Stick to what you know
If you start to let these little things slip, or you try to drive in a different way than you were taught – this in turn can impact your confidence.
Believe in yourself
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