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There are many different aspects to driving that can affect your confidence. A learner or qualified driver may fear busy traffic situations. Some drivers may have difficulty with certain manoeuvers or they may have experienced difficult driving situations they now avoid.
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Stressful driving, coping with worry, anxiety, the fear
Busy congested traffic can be stressful...


Driving in busy traffic, especially in built up areas can be stressful. For a learner who is starting driving it can be unsettling and many worry that this ordeal will be thrust upon them in the first lesson. At Marshall Driver Training, I believe in building confidence, not destroying it!. I will assess your ability and then select appropriate road conditions to help your confidence grow.


For qualified drivers, I can help develop your awareness and anticipation skills, helping that trip in to town be a little less stressful.

Difficult situations that are out of the ordinary can arise at anytime...


For learner and qualified drivers, unusual situations can happen on the road that we need to react to and adapt our driving. Typical situations may involve dealing with an emergency vehicle responding to an incident, flooded areas of the carriageway or passing large vehicles in the rain. For some, these situations can cause anxiety and place us at greater risk.


At Marshall Driver Training, I use a novel problem solving technique, incorporated with good awareness and anticipation skills to help you deal with difficult road situations more confidently.

Stressful driving situations that cause anxiety, worry, the fear
Driving test nerves, worry, anxiety, the fear
How do we prevent those nerves taking over on test day...


It's important for any learner to be well prepared prior to their driving test. Unfortunately nerves can take hold and if too overwhelming can lead to mistakes.


At Marshall Driver Training, I have developed a pre test plan for those learners who may have difficulty with nerves. This incorporates recognising and understanding the nature of what is making you nervous about the test and learning ways to challenge irrational assumptions e.g. I'll fail because the examiner has reached their quota for the day!. It is important that you continue to focus on the positive aspects of your driving and develop a relaxation plan to manage those nerves.....If you learn to deal with this then you will have the best chance possible of passing the test.

Avoidance only helps maintain nerves and anxiety...


There are many different ways that we can avoid difficult situations, unfortunately this only maintains our fear and anxiety. If we have encountered a difficult driving situation in the past, it may then lead us to avoid it in the future. If we take an example of a difficult roundabout, we can deploy different avoidance strategies like escape behaviour, where you might plan a different route of several miles to avoid it. We may also make up excuses to avoid. We may also develop saftey behaviours e.g. I can only do the journey with a friend sitting beside me.


At Marshall Driver Training, I have developed a process to help overcome avoidance. I will carry out a thorough driving assessment and develop your understanding, then work together to implement a plan to sensitively manage your avoidance. 

Driving lesson anxiety, stress, worry, the fear
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