Being nervous about driver training is natural. Most students gradually conquer their nervousness and then they begin to drive better and better. But, if your student makes a lot of mistakes because of their nervousness then some extra drives might be required or they might have to take drivers training when they are older. Overcoming the nervousness is important because students who stay nervous tend to not drive with their parents after driver training - which hurts their driving skills - which in turn makes them more nervous.
Having anxiety is more serious. If your student has high anxiety then for safety reasons we cannot teach them until they are at least 20 years old. When driving a vehicle it is extremely important to be able to handle all the stresses that come with the driving task. Getting nervous but still being able to control a vehicle is fine - but having a panic attack that forces a student to shutdown and stop driving in the middle of an intersection absolutely cannot happen. Having a panic attack before public speaking is no fun - but getting a panic attack while driving can kill somebody. Other driving schools can teach your student if they are under 20 - it is just our policy. And just like nervous students, students who have anxiety usually do not drive very often with their parents which totally negates all of the training they receive with our course. It is best for them to take driver training when they are older and can handle stress better.
But, if you have a child under 20 years old whom you feel will be fine in drivers training please let us know. 20 years old is not a magical number but after 12 years of teaching it seems most students who suffer from anxiety and are under 20 do not finish drivers training (many students don't get passed the parking lot drive).
Tips For Nervous Students...
1. Learn as much as you can about the vehicle, driving laws, and driver behavior.
2. If you are a parent please drive safer and less aggressive. Your student might be nervous because of your driving. Many passengers are to hesitant to tell drivers that their driving is making them nervous. Decreasing speed, increasing following distance, and making slower lane changes will help your student stay calmer in the car. Also don't get upset with other drivers.
3. Try to drive go-carts, UTV's (side-by-sides), or golf carts before drivers education so you get a feel for the steering and gas & brake pedals.
4. Keep in perspective that wrecks are extremely rare in driving and the vast majority of people who get into wrecks do not get injured.