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Mistake or Learning Opportunity?

The word mistake is such a negative word. Annoyingly even the current driving test is based on fault finding. Let's not go there right now, that's a whole new subject!


In my humble opinion, making mistakes on your driving lessons can be an excellent way to learn. Now, before you all come back at me and tell me how dangerous it can be to make mistakes whilst you're driving, please don't think I'm advocating that's it's good to make mistakes. I'm just saying that the important thing about mistakes is how you deal with them.

I prefer to call them "learning opportunities". And if you're anything like me, when you make a mistake, it annoys you intensely yes? However, the good thing is that when something annoys (or you could read irritates), it affects you directly and with much more impact because you FEEL it.

For example, imagine me sitting next to you at the beginning of your driving lesson, and explaining the importance of reducing your speed on approach to junctions or roundabouts, and how potentially dangerous it can be to do this. This would have far less impact on you than if you ACTUALLY did drive too fast, lost control because your brain panicked, which meant that I had to dual brake you to maintain safety...

So, my advice when you're on your driving lessons is,

  • Be kind to yourself
  • Don't expect perfection
  • Expect to make "mistakes"
  • See your mistakes as "learning experiences". 
  • Be honest. Keep asking yourself why it happened until you know why it happened and then come up with a solution or a fix...and then apply it! 

That's all for now, see you next time!

Helen Adams ADI
Purple Driving

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