For some people, learning to drive is just too much to bear in terms of anxiety, and they shy away from it. For others it’s a skill they can’t wait to learn. Now, this isn’t a psychology lesson but there are personality traits that run through both brackets of people. Those that find it too much in terms of stress tend to be shyer than the average person, and those that can’t wait are, well, a little more outgoing.
So, why is driving a skill everyone should learn? Below are some reasons that might get you thinking:
Freedom with Life
When you learn to drive, pass your test and get your own car the doors open to you are endless. It’s much easier for you to get about so you’re not tied to bus or train timetables or the expense of taxis (unless of course you intend to drink alcohol). If you’re currently thinking about learning to drive but are too nervous, think about what your life would be like if you could?
You won’t have to worry what time you can go to the shops. You can set times to meet friends and family that suit you, and you have the freedom to visit places that would otherwise not be as accessible.
It’s hard to imagine, but being able to drive does actually help your confidence. Why? I hear you ask. Well, think about this. When you’re in charge of a vehicle you’re in control. What happens on the road is largely down to the decisions you make and not others. This sub-consciously helps you in other areas of your life.
Perhaps you’re the type of person who takes their time over making a decision, or you find it hard to do so. When you’re driving you don’t have this option. Making a turn in the road, crossing a set of crossroads safely is something you need to know and understand, and that’s what decision making is. In fact, this is a skill that many driving instructors are able to instil in you without you realising it.
If you’re not what you would call a “spring chicken” anymore, you might think this side of the argument doesn’t include you and that might be true to a certain extent. However, being able to drive teaches you how to respect what’s going on in the world around you, and with that you “grow-up”. Maturity isn’t just about age, it’s about knowing when to be sensible in life (among other things), and you will learn this when you decide to become a legally accepted driver.
Learning to drive isn’t just about knowing how to safely operate a car. It’s not even about knowing how to spot the danger signs so you can avoid an accident. It actually has many other benefits that can help you in other areas of your life. That’s not to say you can’t learn these skills without learning how to drive, but it certainly will help!