Teaching Nervous People to Drive – Newbury and Basingstoke

Since I started teaching people to drive 16 years ago, I have come across a number of pupils who are nervous about driving. Most people who come to my driving school who are nervous feel like they are the only ones who feel like this. In fact feeling nervous about driving is fairly common. A good opening question that a driving instructor could ask is “how are you feeling about learning to drive?” Never be afraid to tell your instructor truly how you feel.

In the past I have made the mistake of assuming the pupil was fine and that the more I encouraged them the better it would be and the quicker they would learn. After years of experience I have discovered this is normally not the case in most pupils.

No two pupils are the same. There is not a “one size fits all” solution. It is important to adapt lessons to suit each individual.

There are 4 main learning styles:

Visual – some pupils like to see diagrams, demonstrations and videos of how to drive

Auditory – some pupils like to listen to an explanation

Read – some pupils will want to read lots of information possibly from a book and they may also like to take lots of notes

Kinaesthetic – some pupils learn by trial and error i.e. they want to give it a go and see how it feels

A nervous pupil is not normally someone who will be kinaesthetic. They are more likely to be one of the other three. By asking “how best would you like to learn this” may result in the pupil simply telling you what they prefer and how they learn best. However some pupils literally don’t know their preferred style so a better why is to provide some options. For example many people don’t instinctively know that a demonstration is an option unless I offer it to them. I know myself that I learn best from seeing something done first and many other people do too.

Another option is “job sharing” which is a way to help the pupil focus on one task while you take care of other aspects of the drive. For example I may offer the option for me to take control of the speed of the car while the pupil takes care of the steering. By taking away the need to worry about the speed, the pupil is able to focus fully on the steering. In time the job of controlling the speed can be handed back to the pupil.

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  1. I thought I would never pass my driving test I had a real fear and block about the test! I learnt when I was 17 and then again now over 20 years later! I am so glad we found Peter Skelton… he has been so patient teaching me to drive and help me get over my insecurities and confidence issues and pass the test! He always had faith in my abilities and helped me learn from any mistakes I made! I ended up passing my 2nd test with No Minors! An amazing achievement 23 years in the making! This has given me so much independence and I cannot thank Peter enough!
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  2. I passed my driving test first attempt last week, and most of this I owe to my instructor, Tomasz Muryn, who showed such enthusiasm and positivity throughout my lessons, and always teaching me to properly drive not just pass the test.
    He puts everything into getting the best results and you feel as though he is genuinely supporting you every step of the way.
    He has a calm approach and is patient, professional and personable.
    I would 100% recommend him to anyone wanting to learn.
    Six stars, thank you so much!

    • Hi Rahul. Thank you so much for your kind words and I’m so glad that your experience of learning to drive with Peter Skelton Driving School and in particular your instructor Tomasz was a good one 🙂

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