The most important thing about you as a driver is your attitude. Being impatient, rude or irresponsible will make your driving less enjoyable and will also put you and other road users at risk.
Are you nervous about driving?
If you're nervous about driving, think about what makes you nervous.
- Try to drive defensively.
- Are you driving somewhere unfamiliar? Plan your route, allow plenty of time to get there and avoid driving at busy times if you can.
- Are you using motorways? See more about driving on motorways and dual carriageways.
- Taking some extra training might help: see the further training advice section for more information.
Emotions and driving
Extremes of emotions – such as anger, sadness, stress, grief or even happiness – will affect your concentration and how you judge what’s happening on the road. Many crashes are caused each year by drivers being careless, thoughtless or reckless. If necessary, take some time to calm down and get into the right frame of mind before you get behind the wheel or ask someone else to drive.