I've recently gone back to driving lessons and I know that for some of us, driving lessons are a scary thing and a real cause of anxiety. Its normal to have some nerves while learning to drive and even after passing the test but for those who experience anxiety outwith of driving as well, driving lessons can be tough. So here's a thread to vent, get advice on how to deal with driving anxiety and just have a chat with those who are in the same boat (or should I say car?
) as you
I remember when I first started driving lessons years ago, I was filled with dread before every lesson. I suffered from anxiety and panic attacks in general and driving was very daunting. Anxiety affected my driving ability in the sense that nothing was sticking because I couldn't relax and I had no confidence in my ability. My old instructor didn't help either. Whenver I made a mistake, instead of correcting me and showing me where I went wrong and encouraging me for the next try, he would tut and roll his eyes.
Now though after working on my overall anxiety for the last few years as well as having a good instructor, I look forward to driving and if I muck up, I laugh it off and start again and now things are actually sticking! I now have mastered clutch control and don't cross my arms any more while turning the wheel which was something I done in every single lesson with my old instructor.
So to start off the discussion, what experience have you had with driving anxiety and what helps/helped you manage it?
Also, here's some quick links on driving anxiety from DVSA and anxiety decidated websites
If you also need help with anxiety outside of driving, please feel free to pop into Mental Health Support Society (MHSS) on TSR where you can post anon if you wish. We're a friendly bunch
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