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Advice for parents giving driving lessons

Are you a parent giving driving lessons to a household member? If so then you may find advice from driving training experts helpful preparation. With driving instructors only able to offer driving lessons to keyworkers for a few weeks yet, and social distancing measures still in place, it makes sense to supervise driving practice ready for official driving lessons to resume.

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Things to do when your driving instructor can't give you lessons

Driving tests have been cancelled for the coming months and with social distancing advice many driving instructors are no longer able to offer driving lessons and during lockdown only essential key workers will be allowed driving lessons and tests. This means your driving goals are likely to need to be more flexible this year. So how can you keep learning and feel prepared for your driving test when your driving instructor can't give your driving lessons? Here are our top tips on how to keep learning.

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Are you too scared to learn to drive?

Are you in the best state of mind to learn how to drive? Do you love your driving lessons or does just the thought of them make you feel nervous? Your emotions have a big role to play in how well you are able to learn during your lessons. We have different zones that we move between when are learning something new.

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Are your driving lesson nerves caused by your thoughts?  

The way you think makes driving test nerves worse. If our last few social media posts have resonated with you then it's possible that your driving stress, nerves and anxiety is made worse by unhelpful thinking styles.

If that’s the case don’t worry! Being aware that the way you are thinking is half of the way to solving the problem, you can then begin to learn ways of developing more helpful thinking styles which will help you reduce the signs and symptoms of your nerves and begin to feel more confident.

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How do you feel when driving?

When you are driving or are on a driving lesson how do you feel? What emotions do you experience? Do they stay the same or do they change?

We have three emotional systems that govern our actions and how we feel. We should experience all three systems throughout the day, with different systems being more prominent depending on the situations that we find ourselves in. Understanding more about how we all experience these emotional systems can help you learn how to manage them and use them to your advantage.

How can you increase your driving confidence?

One of the key theories cited in psychology for improving self-confidence and performance is Bandura’s (1977, 1986, 1997) self-efficacy theory. I know it sounds a bit of a mouthful but its good to know there is some scientific basis behind why we are recommending specific stress management techniques to increase driving confidence in our subscriptions! Self-efficacy is simply self-confidence in a specific situation and whether you have belief in your own capability to do something.

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Do you get the most out of your driving lessons to ensure driving test success?

Have you ever been in a lesson at school, college or university or a work training course, fitness class, driving lesson or even accessing this website and secretly decided you can not be bothered? You go through the motions, do just enough - or maybe you don't, and as a result, you don't achieve anything and feel that you've wasted your time. If you want to guarantee driving test success then you may want to change this negative habit.