Driving your own car can give you a sense of newfound independence. Vehicular freedom can influence so many aspects of your life, like work and recreation. The ability to drive around to anywhere whenever you want is a feeling that can’t be replaced. No driver is ever born with motor skills. Driving skills are gained by taking physically daunting lessons that could ruin your confidence level, if you’re not mentally prepared. However, the point of driving lessons is to build your self-confidence. Without it, you can’t perfectly operate a vehicle.
We’ve assembled a few guidelines to help you overcome your driving jitters and gain the needed confidence to develop your driving skills fast:
- Learn at your own pace: There’s no rush. While the ability to drive is not innate, once you get the hang of it, it sticks for life. So take the time to learn every small detail from your driving teacher. It would be worse for you to rush through the test stage only to fail miserably at the end. That driving license can wait. Enjoy the process.
- Practice A Lot: While it’s good to run over your driving tutorials in your mind, if you don’t put it to practice, it’ll amount to nothing. You need to keep on practicing, starting from small streets to highways, close to where you live. To avoid driving mistakes, you should have someone trusted, friend or family, in the passenger seat to guide you as you practice. You’ll be able to recognise your mistakes quicker; and it’ll give you the motivation to only improve further. As you push past your driving limit with every practice, your self-confidence level will rise.
- Stick to just one instructor: People drive differently. Some drive aggressively and others don’t. You should be careful in choosing who should be your instructor, because sometimes their driving knowledge and methods may be bad for your self-confidence. Instead of hiring an instructor you share no connection with, choose a close friend or family member as guide. Their positive vibes will get you motivated to learn. And whoever you choose to be your driving instructor, stick to them. Changing instructors regularly may cause a hindrance to your driving practice.
- Consider Having Insurance: Fortunately, learner drivers qualify for a special insurance policy that keeps them covered in the case of accidents happening during driving lessons. By having insurance, you can practice with ease of mind.
- Drive Slow: No brainer, right? As a novice, the best way to learn how to drive is by taking it slow. You should drive slowly, especially when you progress to busier roads where you may get pressured by impatient drivers to speed up. Ignore such pressure; if the drivers behind you are smart enough, they would recognise you’re a novice and switch lanes.
- Pay Attention to Traffic Rules: This is a basic rule of driving. Still, you should revisit the rules in your mind everytime you make a decision on the roads. Signify with indicators before you turn a corner. Stop at that red light. Honk before you switch lanes. It’ll save you a lot unwanted trouble if you stick to traffic rules.
- Always try to Improve: Before applying for that driver’s license, make sure you hone your driving skills. Roads can sometimes be tricky. Prepare yourself for any scenario on the road. You never know what your evaluator will ask you to do.
At the end of the day, if you follow all these steps above without having a passion for driving, you will most likely end up frustrated. Enjoy the cruise. It’s worth the practice!