The value of a learning how to drive can’t be understated. Even if you regularly take public transportation, knowing how to drive can be useful in emergency situations. Still, it’s not unusual for first-time drivers and teens to be nervous or anxious about learning how to drive. Here are some tips to help you or your new young driver with driving anxiety:
Find an Emotional Balance Before Practicing
Try to accept your nervous feelings as normal. Even the most experienced drivers were nervous when they first started. Being nervous or anxious about driving just shows you care about being safe—that’s not a bad thing to care about. Tell yourself that you’re nervous for good reason and you could cope with these feelings better by learning about traffic laws, how a car works, and practice.
Start at the Beginning
Once you accept that fact that being nervous is okay, determine the sources of your doubts. These may be a lack of knowledge regarding traffic laws or confusion about the mechanics of a car. Seek out programs that address these areas and be mindful of any uncertainties you have so you can ask an experienced driver or qualified instructor.
Consider Enrolling in a Driving School
Driving school instructors are used to seeing first-time drivers anxious about getting behind the wheel. The benefit of a driving school instructor is that they’re patient and will instruct you in environments that are safe for your skill level. Driving lessons cover traffic laws, parking, and the ins and outs of driving—including parallel parking, three-point turns, turning right on red lights, and lane changes.
Nervous drivers are welcome at Adam’s School of Driving. Our instructors are kind, patient, and professionally licensed and bonded. Whether you’re a teen just starting out, a first-time driver, or a driver who needs to brush up on your skills, we have the best drivers ed in Highland Park to help you out. Give us a call at (847) 965-6565 for more information.