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Could Hypnotherapy help you ?

 

You know you have learnt the theory, and that you can drive. Your instructor is amazing and knows you can drive, that’s why the test is booked, theory or practical.

Then it creeps in, the anxiety, often it fades away but sometimes it starts as a nervous feeling in the pit of your stomach, nausea, racing heartbeat and sweating – and ends up as a paralysing phobia; worse than any movie. It’s really common but that doesn’t help - no matter how often well-meaning family and friends try to reassure you, telling you it’s irrational.

How can you learn to control your anxiety and nerves like you have learnt to control your car?

In many ways it’s mind over matter – however that classic- “fear or flight” response isn’t very helpful (unless you’re living in cave and needing to fight a woolly mammoth).

So here are some simple tips to start you on the road to confidence.

The Basics: Eat and drink rubbish and you won’t feel great. Take care of yourself, avoid skipping meals and choose foods that make you feel good. Alcohol the night before can also trigger blood sugar imbalance.

Caffeine: A known trigger for anxiety. Give the latte and cappuccino a swerve – it can benefit your anxiety, as well as boosting your bank balance.

Manage your stress levels:  A common cause for anxiety is long exposure to stress. Do what you can to lower your stress levels: exercise, take more breaks, meditation, mindfulness yoga, etc…

Affirmations: Hand write (yes with a pen and not on a keyboard!) – some positive affirmations about your driving skills. Your ability to drive calmly and confidently, staying relaxed. For example. “I’m calm, comfortable and relaxed while driving and I have the skills I need to pass” Read them before you go to sleep and, in the morning, whilst you clean your teeth. Say them aloud and imagine yourself driving while feeling calm and relaxed. Don’t underestimate the power of this simple exercise (even if you feel a bit ridiculous, if you really want to go for it look in the mirror right at yourself whilst you say it).

If you’re really struggling you might want to consider getting professional help. Hypnotherapy can achieve great results in just a few sessions. Negative thoughts trigger the anxiety emotion and hypnosis can help your unconscious to relax, reduce anxiety and become more confident.

Here’s a little of what two terrified learner drivers said after a couple of one hour sessions, Full review on my website www.dianetaylor@co.uk

   “…… I felt like a completely different person, my driving instructor said the same and I passed 6TH time, wish I would have gone sooner…”

“………Diane really helped me get over my anxiety with driving, without her, I would not have passed my test….”   This client had already failed four times.

 

To discuss how hypnotherapy can work alongside your instructor to help drive your anxiety away, call 07808 395651 or email info@dianetaylor.co.uk.

Check out my website www.dianetaylor.co.uk and FB page Diane Taylor, The Counselling Room.

 

 

 

 

In the last 12 years, more than 62,000 people have died or been seriously hurt in a road traffic accident, with over 500,000 injured in work-related road crashes. Employees required to drive for their jobs are becoming an increasingly vulnerable sector. But while these may be worrying figures, advanced driving courses can significantly reduce the risk faced by all road users, especially those driving for work. 

Work-related crashes cost employers £2.7 billion

Not just devasting for everyone involved, road accidents have considerable reputational, financial, and legal implications for employers. Whether it involves company cars, commercial vehicles, or staff driving their own cars for work-related appointments. Business-related road crashes cost employers over £2.7 billion each year.

Employer responsibility

If you are an employer, the law requires you to consider the health and safety competencies of your employees when you task them with a job. You are obliged to ensure that they are adequately trained before being exposed to any workplace risks. And remember, for professional drivers, their workplace is the road.

Driver mistakes cause 95% of collisions 

Mistakes by drivers cause 95% of accidents on the road, figures from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) reveal. For employees, improving your driving skills is the best way for you to reduce your own risk of being hurt and also the risk for other road users. 

Reduce your risk when driving for work

Regardless of how long you have held your driving license, you are likely to have forgotten some of what you were taught and go on to develop your own bad habits. But that is why further training is so important in helping you become a better, more prepared and vigilant driver who can spot signs of danger and able to take better control of the car.

Advanced drivers 25% less likely to crash

When a driver becomes an advanced driver they become 25 percent less likely to be involved in a road accident, says RoSPA. Advanced drivers are more observant and better at anticipating changes. These improved driving skills and road knowledge will also save you money on the costs of running and protecting your work vehicle.

Regain skills many drivers forget

An advanced driving course will show you how to drive with confidence and in a safe way on all types of roads. The course will include reading the road ahead, vehicle positioning, dealing with different weather conditions and economic driving. All skills that many drivers gradually lose or forget.

Improve your driving skills for business and home

The advanced skills will make a much safer and more efficient driver. These improved skills will not just benefit your employer’s business, it will have also have a positive impact on your own personal driving skills outside of work. 

The road can be a dangerous place for any road user. For people who drive for work, however, the risks of being involved in a road traffic accident is far greater. But by improving your driver knowledge, skills and confidence on the road you can help to protect your own safety and those of other road users.

 

Kindly written and supplied by Jennifer Dawson

 

 How to Feel Safer on the Road and Protect Yourself from Aggressive Driver

Kindly written and supplied by Lisa, a freelance writer and enjoys writing about subjects such as road safety, women in sport and travel, and when isn’t writing can be found relaxing with a good book.
 
 

It’s an obvious fact that driving is one of the most stressful activities. Even the best drivers have found themselves cursing under their breath or yelling at one another when running late for work, stuck in a bad traffic, or just having a bad day. While feeling irritated and stressed is quite normal, a problem may arise when these feelings escalate into aggressive driving or road rage.

According to a recent study, aggressive driving contributes to over 66% of road fatalities every year. More so, 50% of drivers usually respond to aggressive driving in kind. So how can you feel safe on the road and protect yourself from aggressive drivers? Here are some of the ways.

1. Remain calm
Even if the other driver is behaving aggressively or angrily, it’s very important to remain courteous and calm. If another driver behaves aggressively by tailgating or cutting you off, your reaction to his behavior will definitely determine what takes place next. You need to try as much as possible to avoid any conflict. If he tries to engage you in an argument just ignore and drive off.

2. Reduce your stress and don’t take it personally
When driving along the highway you need to listen to soothing music. Make sure you are sitting in a good position and you are comfortable. Most importantly, you need to understand that the traffic is beyond your control hence you can only react to it. In the end,
you may realize that anger, personal frustration, and impatience are some of the worst things while driving.

3. Avoid making eye contact or using inflammatory gestures
Even if you don’t intend to challenge them, an eye contact can be perceived differently. Since many aggressive drivers are often driven by frustrations and personal insecurities, they can easily be angered by something as simple as an eye contact. Although it can be tempting to honk or make inflammatory gestures, doing so can inflame the other driver. Instead of releasing your anger and frustration this way, wait until you are through before sharing your situation with a friend or a family member.

4. Be a courteous driver
As a driver, there are some examples that you set that can really encourage other drivers. It’s, therefore, very important to control yourself and behave responsibly. Even most
car insurance groups encourage drivers to be courteous.

5. Talk to others
The best way to relieve yourself is to share recent road rage with your friends and family members or even community members. By doing this, you will better understand the situation and know how to protect yourself in future.

6. Report aggressive drivers
There are some countries and states that have contacts that you can use to report drivers. You just need to keep the number of the vehicle. Next, make a call and give out a full description of the vehicle. This could help you prevent any future strategy.

Although you may not have the capacity to avoid all aggressive driving situations, if you keep your head up and master these tips, you will have the best chance of greatly reducing any possible encounters. By doing this, you will also set the best example for young drivers who are always looking up to you. Remember, car insurance groups rarely compensate any accident caused by careless driving.

 

 Key Reasons Why Hiring A Driving School Is A Great Step

 

Ever since you were young, you wanted to learn how to drive. Most of your family members know how and you think that it’s just right that you should be capable of driving, too. You also don’t like your dad or any family members to be driving you around every time you need to go somewhere. Aside from this can be a hassle for others, you also wouldn’t want your friends to see you having your parent every time you go somewhere. It’s because of these reasons that you decided to hire yourself a driving school – you want to learn how to drive so you can freely go wherever you want, without another person’s supervision.

Well, first off, congratulations for taking this big step.You’re now ready to become a more independent individual by driving alone. But aside from the obvious reason why you hired a driving school in the first place, you should know that driving school is a great step for you because:

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1.      You’re learning more efficiently: When you’ll have a family member teach you how to drive, you tend to become too complacent (admit it). You’re practically being taught by someone close to you so most of the time, you think that it’s okay for the lessons to last for more than three hours a day and it’s okay to goof around while you’re practicing how to drive.

 

       However, this kind of scenario wouldn’t happen once you hire a driving school. Because you’re being taught by a professional instructor, you’ll tend to become more prim and proper during lessons.

       And since these instructors are catering to many students like you, so you’ll be more cautious of the time spent. You’ll be learning at a quicker pace, without disrupting your other schedules.

 

2.      You’ll experience increased learning: The people handling you during your driving lessons are professionals, they are the best persons to ask whenever you have questions about how driving fines work and all other things related to driving.

 

       They’ll teach you everything you need to know when driving and they wouldn’t move on to a new lesson if you weren’t able to fully grasp the previous lessons. Sure, your friends or family members might know all of these things, but for sure, there are limitations to what they can teach you. You wouldn’t want to be driving around having insufficient knowledge about street signs 101, right?

 

3.      You’ll be more confident: Since you’re learning from the experts, you’ll be more confident in driving. You’ll be able to know the best decisions to take whenever you’re faced with problems pertaining to your driving.

 

       For example, imagine yourself being involved in a car accident and the other party is suing you for damages on his vehicle.

       If you know that the other party was at fault as he was not able to follow street signs, you’ll be more confident (and knowledgeable) in telling your side of the story so you’ll not end up paying for damages you didn’t do. But if you were not taught with this kind of information, will you be able to stand your ground confidently? Most probably not. 

 

4.      You’ll avoid memory loss: There are a lot of things taught to you throughout the entire duration of your driving lessons. And you need to retain all of this information because if not, all of your effort and time spent will be wasted.

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       Your memory will improve once you start driving school because even if you’re guided by a professional, you’re expected to retain all of the information fed to you. Your safety is at risk whenever you’re behind the wheel so your memory will be crucial in this process.

 

5.      You’ll have more focus: You’ll be hiring a driving school for a limited time only. Once you understand that you’re only taking driving lessons within a certain timeframe, you’ll be more focused on what you’re doing and you don’t want your focus to be disturbed.

 

       You would want to understand everything that has been taught to you because you don’t have the luxury of time. You, as a student, will also be provided with appropriate structures and modules so your focus during the driving lessons are at a 100%.

 

Now that you’ve read everything presented in this article, you’re probably very excited to start your driving lessons right away! As you can see, hiring a driving school can not only teach you how to drive, but it can bring a lot of benefits to your life in the long run. Once you completed your driving school lessons, you’ll be surprised to know more than just about driving! We hope this article from Street Wise Driving was fun to read.

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Kindly supplied by John Turner - Australia

John is a driving instructor and has been teaching people how to drive for the last 20 years. When he’s not training people to drive, he’s working hard writing about is passion for Street Wise Driving. In his spare time, he loves spending time with his family.