Just had a lesson and let's just say it could've been better...
I'm fine with open/give way junctions in both directions, hill starts, controlled rolls, basic maneuvers- provided they aren't on a main road.
I just turn into a nervous wreck when there are other road users around me, cyclists that sneak up behind me and pedestrians to smoosh...
Also, how the **** am I supposed to move off at traffic lights. I have the car in first gear, with my hand on the hand break but when the amber appears, I panic lift my foot off the clutch too quickly and stall while my instructor stares at me and says "what the hell are you doing!?" The queue of frustrated drivers behind me just makes me panic more.
Sorry for the novel but how do I deal with road nerves? Also, how you supposed to move off in traffic?
Please dont panic too much about being on a main road, I know its scary having other drivers around and some of them are horrible to new drivers, but they are just impatient and forget what its like to learn. As you have more lessons you'll get used to the car, so soon you'll be pulling off without thinking about what to do with the pedals. I found it helpful being in first gear, handbrake on, gently! coming off the clutch to find the bite, then pressing down on the clutch again so you are just below your bite point. As long as you come off the clutch slowly by degrees, and make sure you have enough revs by pressing on the accelerator (but not too many) you'll be fine. Take your time.
I meant just below the bite
Sod the other drivers, they'll be more pissed off if you stall rather than move away slowly anyway. With practice you'll get better used to the car and hence be able to do everything more quickly.
You will get used to moving off. Literally 2 lessons ago I hated it, but now I'm used to it. Try this: hit the gas up to 2krpm and when it comes to moving off, lift up the clutch so it drops to 1.5. Don't worry about other cues you might get from your instructor like the back of the car moving down or the "click"; if the revs dropped then the clutch is close enough to biting point to safely take off the handbrake. If the car doesn't move, well it'll only take you a few hundred ms to realise that and you can raise the clutch more.
Put more pressure on the gas if you've got the handbrake on as you can the release the clutch a little quicker without stalling.