It is becoming a bit of an ongoing theme to mention my upcoming holiday or my driving anxiety in at least one blog post a month and I know you are probably fed up of me rambling on and on about it. But a couple months back I uploaded a blog post talking all about my travel anxiety and sharing my tips and tricks on overcoming public transport anxiety and you all seemed to like it. So this week I am doing the same but focusing on driving.
I feel like I have been learning to drive for ages and I am finally seeing the light at the end of tunnel and I have just booked my test in for July!
About fucking time. Trying to learn how to drive when having anxiety seems practically impossible but I promise you if I can do it then so can you.
INSTRUCTORS TO SUIT YOU
The main thing is finding an instructor you are happy and comfortable with, I have been with three different companies and my instructor now is so so patient with me. Especially when you suffer with anxiety, you don’t want to be with someone who just heightens your anxiety. I am learning to drive with AA and even though they are slightly more expensive than other companies it is definitely worth it!
I am lucky enough to own my own car so it means I can practice driving with my dad in my spare time. Some learners insurance quotes can be through the roof though, so make sure to look around to get the best price. But having the extra hours of practice in the week boosts my confidence so much! It is so good to get to know your car whilst learning because if you’re like me, then it will most likely be a lot less powerful than your instructors. So take the time to know you car and where all the controls are.
EXTRA CALMING METHODS
Some new drivers hate listening to music and find it distracting but I love it. It takes my mind off all the anxious thoughts that is screaming in my head. I used to work in Yankee Candle so you can imagine all of the different scented air fresheners I have at home, but having a scent which is calming is also so so helpful! I always keep a pack of gum near me, I have always been recommended to chew gum when driving, I’m not really too sure whether it actually calms you or if it is just a placebo effect.
For my previous birthday my dad bought me a Sat-Nav and I am excited to start to use it, you don’t have to worry about struggling to read road signs or have the fear of getting lost, you can just listen to the instructions the Sat-Nav gives you, so essentially it is just like driving with your instructor! For this birthday I am
hopefully getting a Dash Cam from Cam, which I am so excited to get set up in my car. It is no secret there are a lot if idiots on the road so having a camera covers you if there are any incidents/accidents as you have guaranteed evidence.
I hope these tips help at least one of you, whether you are considering to book some lessons in or if you have been passed for months and still suffer with driving anxiety! Remember to just take your time, it will take as long as it needs so try not to put pressure on yourself. As always thank you for reading!
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