Habits are developed over weeks, months and years and are a great time-saving solution. Once we have learnt and mastered an action we can daisy chain it with others until we have our daily routines organised on autopilot.
This daisy-chaining of actions and developing habits is the same process we undergo when learning to drive but that is a subject for a future blog!
How about thinking? Do you have any thinking styles, patterns or thoughts that have become a habit? Negative thinking can become a habit that is so automatic that it can be hard to break - or more concerning you may not even have realised that you are doing it!
Start to pay attention to the running commentary of thoughts going on in your head - notice if they are positive and helpful, neutral and factual or negative and unhelpful. Start to keep a record of any thinking habits you notice, which situations lead to which type of thinking and what feelings and emotions they provoke. If you are a subscriber head to the positive self-talk section and download our thinking log to help with this. Notice whether that leads to changes in your behaviour or choices. Then apply your new knowledge to your driving. Do your thinking habits influence your attitude and the way you approach driving? Being aware of how your thoughts can affect your driving behaviour and learning how to manage them can make you a safer driver as safety statistics suggest driver behaviour is a significant contributing factor in road incidents.
By becoming more aware of our thinking habits we are then able to challenge those habits and consciously practice and choose new ways of thinking. Becoming more aware of how your thinking habits influence your emotions, feelings and behaviour can be the motivating factor for change. If this sounds like you then you might want to try out the Self Talk, Coaching and Mindfulness sections of the website to help.
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Confident drivers has been a really useful tool in changing my attitude to the driving test. I hadn't recognised just how much my negative thoughts about my ability rather than my actual driving ability have been holding me back and putting me off. I particularly liked the quick fix section that gives you strategies to calm down just before the test!
If you would like some self-help stress management resources to help you tackle your driving anxiety and improve driving confidence then our calming kit is created by leading industry experts especially for you. Access to all the resources is online.
These plans are created specifically for drivers and learner drivers looking for online solutions to manage driving nerves and anxiety. We also have a range of group plans created for driving instructors who would like to offer support offroad to their learner drivers, you can find more details on our ADI page.
We created this podcast for drivers who want to be calm and confident on the road. Whether you are a learner driver, a new driver or have been driving for years, this podcast will help you to beat driving nerves and anxiety and build your driving confidence.
Co-hosted by Kev & Tracey Field, each Driving Confidence podcast episode offers bite-sized information and ideas that are both relatable and achievable to help you manage your driving nerves or anxiety and transform how you feel about driving.
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