In this latest blog post we are putting our money where our mouth is, on the home page of our website we state we are HIGH ANXIETY specialists, and I honestly believe we are. The bulk of our customers have a higher than the normal rate of anxiety, or to put it simpler, are more than just nervous about learning to drive, because let’s be honest most people are nervous when they start learning a new skill, especially one as dangerous as driving can be if you get it wrong.
So I thought I would share a quick few tips on how those with that higher level of anxiety can realise that passing the driving test is not unrealistic and is highly achievable.
FACT 1 .
Understanding the anxiety is a massive factor in gaining the confidence in driving. Eg Once you actually realise what that anxiety is then we will give you various coping strategies to help ease any or all those anxieties. Did you see what we did there? We didn’t tell you, it will be alright, or even say there’s nothing to be anxious about? That’s because it’s not our anxiety its yours! So I will repeat, we will give you coping strategies to help deal with the anxiety!!!
It is highly likely it will take you a little longer to learn to drive, that does not mean you can’t pass the driving test, it means what it says, it may take a little longer and yes I wont hide from it, that will make it a little more expensive as well. However if this is understood before you start then once again you should have no problems being capable of passing the driving test and gaining your independence.
Avoid at all costs these comments .
“You will never pass”
“Why is it taking you so long, it only took me a few lessons”
Only listen to positive people ! This is so important, You have to avoid them or put your fingers in your ears and tell them to go “knit one, pearl one” (You’ll have to read to the end of this blog to understand that comment”)
Listening to these people and believing what they say is like giving up. REMEMBER this is your journey, and it will be as short or as long as it will be, as long as we focus on the goal (driving licence) at the finish line then I promise we will get there together.
I recently had a young lady with seriously high anxiety, not just in driving but in other parts of life. She was taking quite a while to learn to drive and was being pressurised by her partner as to the cost and length of time it was taking. So we had to find a fix for this……… This young lady was a fantastic knitter (I know bare with me) , so I asked her to challenge her partner, that he couldn’t knit an easy pattern small jumper for their baby to be before she passed her driving test. knittings’ easy, right ? Not for this guy, and she passed her driving test well before the first sleeve was completed.
Moral of the story – Not everybody finds everything easy, everybody has their own skill set, and learning speeds. This lady, unlike her partner never gave up PASSED FIRST TIME.