I’m such a nervous driver - help! Watch
I learnt to drive when I was 17/18 and then took my test and failed, badly (think multiple majors!). I gave up driving after that, partly because I think the failure spooked me a bit and I was heading off to uni soon and knew I wouldn’t need to know how to drive there, as there was good public transport, nobody took a car with them etc. Anyway, fast forward to now, and I’ve finished uni, 22 years old, and just starting to have lessons again. However, I’m still such a nervous driver (I was so so nervous when I first learnt). I get so agitated before a lesson and just feel terrified the entire time. Put me up against a roundabout, a junction, anything that isn’t a straight road and I just fall apart. I’m mildly dyspraxic too, which means I often get my left and right muddled up, find it difficult to multi task, and struggle with things people would find easy such as just how to change from one gear to another, judging car distances etc, things like that. I just end up panicking in the most normal of situations whilst driving and it doesn’t seem to be improving. I’m worried deep down that I’ll never be able to drive. I keep telling myself it’s just practice but I’m not sure... and I also don’t want to learn an automatic. Has anyone had a similar experience? Were you able to control the nerves/anxiety? I also struggle to understand basic things like who has right of way at a roundabout lol. I’m not stupid, but I’ve always just found practical things so difficult and just stuck to the academic things.
I'd also explain to your instructor that you're feeling so nervous, if you haven't already - they might be able to take you on routes that ramp things up more slowly, so that you feel less pressure when you're in the lessons.