There is no doubt that learning to drive can be a very stressful experience, and many people cite their driving lessons as one of  the most stress-inducing times of their lives.

The pressure of “needing” to obtain a driving licence can be huge. Do any of these of these common scenarios apply to you?

  • “I NEED to pass my driving test to get to work/college of University!”
  • “I’ve paid a small fortune for my car and it’s sitting there doing NOTHING!”
  • “I’m the LAST of my friends to pass my driving test”
  • “I keep starting and stopping my driving lessons, and I STILL haven’t passed my test”
  • “I’m letting my family down by still not being able to DRIVE for them.”

It can be quite a frightening experience being in charge of a vehicle for the first time, and it is natural to be worried about the worst case scenarios. We are all used to being drove around, and when you are observing someone else driving it can look straight forward and simple. However, this seemingly simple process suddenly seems a lot more complicated when it is you behind the wheel!

Much like learning to walk, speak, ride a bike or swim, all practices that are second nature to us all now, there is a learning curve when you’re learning to drive. Here at the English School of Motoring, we pride ourselves on our communication with our learner drivers, and we also ensure that they are as comfortable as possible throughout the learning to drive process.

Stress is often not taken seriously, but it can contribute to significant physical and emotional health problems. It is not unusual to hear your friends and family say “I’m so stressed” on a daily basis!

There are, of course, some learners who are not fazed by learning to drive. However, it is a worry for most people, and the fact that you’re reading this right now suggests you could be one of those people!

There’s no magic wand that we can wave to eliminate stress. However, what we can do at the English School of Motoring is provide a caring and understanding environment for our learner drivers, ensuring that they feel at ease and can naturally develop their confidence whilst driving. This is true for all of our driving instructors throughout all of the areas that we provide driving lessons in, including Middlesbrough, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and Sunderland. If you’re looking for help relating to stress brought on by driving lessons, the following may help.

  • Is your driving instructor to blame? Are they helpful? If this isn’t the case, it would be wise to consider changing driving school to one that cares, like the English School of Motoring!
  • Relax more, and do less. Have you got too many other commitments at the moment to fully commit to your driving lessons? Could you cut down on some and leave yourself with more time to relax? Many students have a part time job, a full time course with homework and social commitments on top of their driving lessons. This sounds like a recipe for stress.
  • Professional advice and tips are available from Mind Troubleshooters.