Striking a healthy balance between overconfidence or being unconfident in your own performance can be a challenge for new drivers.
Confidence and competence
Confidence and competence can sometimes be poles apart. Having confidence allows us to perform well and achieve amazing things in our lives but having confidence without the competence however, is a dangerous combination especially as a driver or even a rider. Thinking you have the ability to perform certain driving tasks and drive in certain conditions, without the know-how or skill level is not a good combination. Cars and property can always be fixed, however people can’t always be fixed and can suffer injuries ranging from minor, to life changing and life threatening, and in some cases, people don’t get another chance.
Secondary to this you can face increased insurance costs, penalty points and fines, and in some cases, losing your licence, meaning that you need to start again by applying for your provisional licence and take your theory and driving tests again. Apart from the embarrassment factor, this will mean lots of costs, both financial as well as your time and effort, to regain what you once had. If your job depends on driving, then this is a big thing to think about too as it will have an impact on your income and how you will live.
Tips to help your driving with confidence: