At Learn 2 Drive, we are not only driving instructors but also have training in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) NLP ( Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and Hypnotherapy, which puts us into an effective place to help drivers, learner or qualified, overcome their nerves, anxiety or fears.
We can also use these techniques to help those people who suffer from stress or anger whist driving. All to try to make driving a more pleasurable experience.
Almost everyone suffers some form of driving nerves prior to starting to drive or to taking their test, and we will normally work on techniques to minimise the effects of this during normal lessons.
But for those people who really suffer from any of the above conditions we can work with you on a one-one basis in or out of car to tackle the problems. If you are not in our area, we may be able to help with online consultation.
No one should have to fear getting in the car or particular aspects of driving, traffic, tunnels, bridges, motorways etc. What you can be certain of is that we will put you at ease, work at your pace to get you where you want to be.
We can also provide support for those drivers who get troubled with stress or suffer anger whilst driving "road-rage".
All sessions are conducted on a one-one basis, in or out of car to assess the triggers which cause these problems and minimise them. All sessions are conducted in the strictest confidence. Sessions are tailored to suit individual need and last 1 to 2 hours.
There is no need to be scared or afraid of driving we can help.
' Nine months before i first met Tony, I had been involved in a serious car accident as a passenger. Although relatively uninjured in physical terms, my existing fears with car travel ballooned into a full blown phobia and started to have a significant impact on my mobility and quality of life.
From day one, Tony understood exactly where i was coming from and how i felt, and i immediately sensed that he understood my specific needs in a way that another instructor may not. The pacing of the lessons was spot on and i always felt the lessons were specifically tailored for me and my requirements. I still felt anxiety before many of the lessons but never particularly during them, and indeed many of the lessons with Tony left me exhilarated and positive about the future. Incredibly, just a few months later, i passed my driving test at the first attempt with just two minor faults. This is as much a testament to Tony's tuition as it is to my ability to drive and I'd like to thank him for helping me through what was in many ways a very difficult, yet important period of my life. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Tony to anyone who wants to learn to drive, or who can drive but may lack confidence.'
Terry Morgan Winchester
If your still not sure, of how we can help, here is an account of what its really like to go through driver training as an anxious pupil. The following blog has been written by one of our former pupils, Paul, who underwent training with us. It is a frank, unedited, lesson by lesson account of his learning experience with us. Its written in reverse chronological order, so scroll to the bottom of the blog to see everything from our first meeting onwards. http://learning2drivesite.wordpress.com
"I decided to take up driving again after 20 yrs when my husband suddenly passed away which left me in a lonely place. To say i was nervous and anxious is mild, bearing in mind i had lost my son to a car accident which made me stop driving in the first place, I was a bit of a mess.
I found Tony at Learn2Drive in a local directory and it ticked all the right boxes. How right i was. He put me immediately at ease and allayed lots of my fears, and talked me through many a crisis. I went on to actually enjoy driving again, and it has opened up my life and given me freedom. Thanks to Tony and Learn2Drive, the best move i ever made."
I found Tony after failing to learn with several driving instructors, and completely stopping even attempting to learn for years. Driving mad me feel incredibly anxious, and i thought i would never manage to overcome this and learn to drive. Ive had other instructors make me feel really bad for feeling overwhelmed by trying to control the car and my own nerves whilst also attempting to understand the road. Driving independently was an absolute impossible thought to me.
I am pleased to say i started learning with Tony, he's so incredibly calm and never seemed phased by the panic I'd sometimes experience during lessons. He has lots of tips and techniques, and so much experience of teaching nervous students that i always felt reassured that he understood what was going through my mind. Most importantly Tony taught me how to overcome the negative thoughts I had whilst driving. As the lessons with Tony went on, I found the sense of dread about driving gradually subside to the point where I could finally book a driving test, and a manual one at that, second time was a charm and amazingly I've now got my pink license!
Passing a driving test might not seem like much to some people, but my anxiety about driving was so bad that there was a time that i could barely sit behind the wheel-passing a driving test seemed completely unachievable. There's no way i would have ever felt confident enough to book a test, let alone pass, without Tony. I can't recommend him enough, and thank you Tony for the incredible tuition.
From the first lesson you are made to feel at ease and have ample chance to get comfy and understand the car.
Tony has many hints and tips that keep the learning process simple and understandable, without overcomplicating things! One of the valuable aspects was always being encouraged to think for myself and make my own judgements in situations, ultimately building my confidence and abilities.
I would thoroughly recommend lessons.
Tonys professional attitude towards driving, mixed with brilliant humour and calm demeanour, made it much easier to keep going and get my license. In my time learning with him, i always had something to take away from each lesson, and i can honestly say I'm a much better driver because of him.
Thank you so much Tony!
An exceptional driving instructor, patient, understanding, great methods of teaching. I would highly recommend him.
Tony was a really good driving instructor, who made me feel at ease and comfortable from the very first lesson to the last. Great teacher, really patient and even cracks a few funny jokes, i would definitely recommend him.