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SophieT7
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I passed my test back in October 2018. I really struggled with the prospect of driving on my own without the reassurance of a driving instructor. I struggled to drive on my own at all and couldn’t even get to work until I had my brother escort me in his car which I followed.

Shortly after I then had a small accident which I wasn’t at fault however it did massively impact my confidence.

Time has passed and I am much more confident now however I still get nervous from time to time. I find myself avoiding any A roads and motorways because even though I have driven at high speed I feel like I cannot do it on my own.

Has anyone else felt like this? Any tips of overcoming this?
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(Original post by SophieT7)
I passed my test back in October 2018. I really struggled with the prospect of driving on my own without the reassurance of a driving instructor. I struggled to drive on my own at all and couldn’t even get to work until I had my brother escort me in his car which I followed.

Shortly after I then had a small accident which I wasn’t at fault however it did massively impact my confidence.

Time has passed and I am much more confident now however I still get nervous from time to time. I find myself avoiding any A roads and motorways because even though I have driven at high speed I feel like I cannot do it on my own.

Has anyone else felt like this? Any tips of overcoming this?
You're definitely not alone, and it's very common to feel like this! I did. A few days after I passed my test, my dad insured me on his car (12+ year old sticky grumbly old car) and I had to drive 2 hours on the motorway. The only reasons I felt like I could do it were because I had my dad with me. He has over 40 years experience of driving almost every day, so I knew he would help keep me safe. Also, motorways and A roads are actually easier to drive on because you're going at a constant speed in a straight line for a long time. You don't have to change gears or stop and start etc. The most you'll have to do it change lanes to overtake a slow lorry and get off at your junction. It isn't as scary as you'd think! Is there someone who could come with you - like an experienced driver parent, relative or friend? This way you can slowly gain confidence. Start off on small motorway journeys e.g. only staying on for one junction and then build your way up.
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Thank you! I have since driven with my boyfriend and my brother as my dad actually stresses me out more. I’m definitely getting better with each time, it’s just an annoying mental block that I need to get rid of. Bite the bullet as they say. Thank you for your advice!
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Dads seem to consistently be the worst backseat drivers. I've been driving for 10 years now, and he still feels the need to micromanage my lane changes when he's in the car.
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