Striking a healthy balance between overconfidence or being unconfident in your own performance can be a challenge for new drivers.

Too much confidence can make us cocky and stumble into unforeseen situations. On the other hand not having enough can prevent us from taking risks and grabbing opportunities in all areas of your work. We need a certain amount of confidence to do things like take driving lessons and take the theory and practical tests, so it is a good thing, as long as it is kept in check.

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.

Being overconfident isn’t good for us, or for anyone else either as they need to deal with this behaviour. Dealing with someone that is overconfident can be difficult, frustrating and even upsetting at times. Overconfident people seem to lack respect for others and their opinions. They won’t listen to anyone else and lack empathy. They may refuse to see their own weaknesses and downfalls, which leads them into head on trouble, and it can be someone who is overly boastful and annoying, putting others down and seeing themselves as superior. Would you want to be a passenger with this person driving? People will give on average ten times more value to a negative comment than a positive one.

Tips to help your driving with confidence:

Always remember to do what you are comfortable with

Never be afraid to ask questions if you are unsure

Don’t forget, driving instructors can train you after your driving test if you need some more pointers or support

Plan each journey, even if it is only up the road to the shops – think about parking when you get there, paying for parking, personal safety and security for your car

Take one journey at a time

Take someone with you that you trust and you know will support you

This is just some of the advice Get Into Driving has to offer