How to Reduce a Fear of Driving: Top 5 Tips
Here at GoGoGo we’re all about offering the intensive driving course to help get you on the road. We’ve helped many pass their test in as little as 5 days. However, we understand that a big barrier to passing your test could be a fear of driving. To help, we’ve listed our top 5 tips on how to reduce your fear of driving below.
1. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself
Maybe someone in your class passed their test the first time, or you’re afraid of failing and having to retake the test. Whatever is making you feel the pressure of passing your driving test, the key here is to remember that many people don’t pass the first time! In fact some people take more than ten attempts.
At GoGoGo we offer free corrective lessons if you don’t pass your practical or theory test the first time.
2. It’s normal to feel nervous
Just like with any exam, it’s normal to feel nervous. The pressure to perform well and the anxiety of things not going to plan, can cause an unwanted cocktail of thoughts. However, the best way forwards is to try and channel that nervous energy into excitement, and instead of dwelling on all the things that could go wrong just take the test step by step. Maybe even try to enjoy it and see it as a challenge rather than a test.
3. Be prepared!
If you’re well prepared then you will be less likely to fail. Make sure you’re comfortable with the rules of the road and get to know the ‘show me, tell me’ questions. Remember, if there’s anything you’re unsure about before the test, ask your instructor. There’s no such thing as a silly question! Of course practicing driving in your spare time as well as during lessons is also highly recommended.
4. Eat, Sleep, Repeat
Try to avoid driving on an empty stomach or while feeling drowsy. Not only is this not necessarily safe, it’s also not going to help you curb your nerves while you’re out on the road. It’s also recommended that you don’t drink too much caffeine as this can trigger anxiety – so maybe save the energy drinks for after your driving sessions.
Try and have a good night’s sleep and a bite to eat before your driving test.
5. Desensitisation and Therapies
If your fear is quickly turning into more of a phobia, there are still ways you can combat your fear of driving. Desensitisation involves taking baby steps and setting mini goals to help reduce your fear levels. There are also therapies, including Virtual Reality therapy which works like a video game and can recreate certain driving scenarios in a safe environment.
We hope our top 5 tips on reducing a fear of driving will help get you back on track to passing your driving test. All our GoGoGo driving instructors are friendly and supportive, and will always work with you to overcome any obstacles you may have.
If you’re looking for a driving school in Peterborough, GoGoGo offer an intensive 5 day course to get you started.