PODCAST

The Driving Confidence Podcast

Kev & Tracey Field

The podcast for drivers who want to be calm and confident on the road. Whether you are a learner driver, a new driver or have been driving for years, this podcast will help you to beat driving nerves and anxiety and build your driving confidence.Co-hosted by Kev & Tracey Field, each Driving Confidence podcast episode offers bite-sized information and ideas that are both relatable and achievable to help you manage your driving nerves or anxiety and transform how you feel about driving.

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Welcome to The Driving Confidence Podcast
Driving Confidence - Penny's story of how her driving phobia stopped her driving for 13 years and how she overcame her fears to start driving again
In this episode, Kev and Tracey talk to Penny Ling who is a hypnotherapist who has overcome her own driving phobia and didn't drive for 13 years.  She now drives confidently, as well as helping other people to overcome their own driving fears.Penny describes how her family background, stress levels and a series of unfortunate events built up to her stopping driving.  How she tried hypnotherapy and it didn't work, before embarking on a career change as a hypnotherapist, resulting in her returning to driving and writing a book to help others.While listening to this episode, ask yourself:Are your driving fears made worse by your general stress levels?How full is your stress bucket?What driving experiences have you had that may have reduced your driving confidence?  Are they related to your driving skill or something else?What techniques have you employed so far to build your driving confidence?If you would like to find out more about working with Penny you can visit her website: https://www.oxford-hypnotherapy.co.ukAnd you can find her book Driving Me Crazy on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Driving-crazy-Overcome-fear-driving-ebook/dp/B089T5S3GSWould you like to feature in a future Q&A podcast?  Do you have a story that others might relate to? You can record a question about driving nerves or confidence that you would like us to answer on our Speak Pipe page.  If you have a question, then there are likely to be others with the same or similar question so ask away and let's start helping more people to build their driving confidence! https://www.speakpipe.com/TheDrivingConfidencePodcastFind out more about how we can help transform the way you feel about driving and follow us on social media:Confident Drivers website:Free tools on our website: https://www.confidentdrivers.co.uk/freetoolsOur Nervous Drivers Calming Kit: https://www.confidentdrivers.co.uk/solutions/nervous-drivers1Follow or contact us on Social Media:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/confidentdriver/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/confidentdrivers/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtVucIvyC_2AX33zNL7-yoQIf you would like us to keep you up to date with podcast episodes click the most appropriate link for you:Individual driversDriving Instructors
4d ago
47 mins
Calming Driving Nerves - 8 minute relaxation exercise - DO NOT LISTEN WHILE DRIVING!
Next week is Mental Health Awareness Week (9-15 May 22) and so we thought we would share one of our relaxation exercises to help support anyone who is feeling overwhelmed by their thoughts.  Please do not listen to this exercise while driving!This exercise helps you visualise putting your thoughts on leaves on a stream and allowing them to float away.  While the exercise is not related to driving, it may be helpful to allow you to reset or relax before driving, helping you to feel calmer and more in control, ready to give your attention to your driving instead of your thoughts.Resources:The Mental Health Foundation has a range of resources available to help you look after your mental health which you can find on this link: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/your-mental-health/looking-after-your-mental-healthThe charity Mind has resources for helping yourself and helping others: https://www.mind.org.ukMental Health UK have some great downloadable resources including a stress bucket: https://mentalhealth-uk.org/help-and-information/downloadable-resources/And Time to Change signposts other support services and helplines: https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/mental-health-and-stigma/help-and-supportWould you like to feature in a future Q&A podcast?  You can record a question about driving nerves or confidence that you would like us to answer on our Speak Pipe page.  If you have a question, then there are likely to be others with the same or similar question so ask away and let's start helping more people to build their driving confidence! https://www.speakpipe.com/TheDrivingConfidencePodcastFind out more about how we can help transform the way you feel about driving and follow us on social media:Confident Drivers website:Free tools on our website: https://www.confidentdrivers.co.uk/freetoolsOur Nervous Drivers Calming Kit: https://www.confidentdrivers.co.uk/solutions/nervous-drivers1Follow or contact us on Social Media:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/confidentdriver/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/confidentdrivers/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtVucIvyC_2AX33zNL7-yoQ
May 5 2022
11 mins
Driving Test Clinic - DW April 2022
Apr 28 2022
26 mins
Calming Driving Nerves - To breathe or not to breathe?Driving Confidence - The difference between knowing and understandingDriving Test Tales and Five Minute Theory with guest Terry Cook
In this episode, Kev and Tracey speak to their first guest, Terry Cook who is the host of several podcasts, including Driving Test Tales and 5 Minute Theory.We talk to Terry about his motivation behind his podcasts, who they might help and why we think that they are a great resource for anyone who would like to build their driving confidence.Terry shares some stories from his students and also about his own experiences of driving tests, including getting in the wrong car on his own driving test!We also talk about reasons you might consider changing your driving instructor, how keeping revising your theory can help with your driving and Terry’s takeaway tip for anyone struggling with self-doubt in their lessons.While you are listening to this episode, consider who you know that might find one of Terry’s podcasts, or indeed this podcast useful and consider sharing with them.You can find all of Terry’s links to his podcasts, social media and theory test training resources on his website: https://www.tcdrive.co.uk or do a search for Driving Test Tales and Five Minute Theory wherever you get your podcasts.Would you like to feature in a future Q&A podcast?  You can record a question about driving nerves or confidence that you would like us to answer on our Speak Pipe page.  If you have a question, then there are likely to be others with the same or similar question so ask away and let's start helping more people to build their driving confidence! https://www.speakpipe.com/TheDrivingConfidencePodcastFind out more about how we can help transform the way you feel about driving and follow us on social media:Confident Drivers website:Free tools on our website: https://www.confidentdrivers.co.uk/freetoolsOur Nervous Drivers Calming Kit: https://www.confidentdrivers.co.uk/solutions/nervous-drivers1Follow or contact us on Social Media:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/confidentdriver/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/confidentdrivers/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtVucIvyC_2AX33zNL7-yoQ
Apr 7 2022
41 mins
Calming Driving Nerves - Posture, Body Language & Smiles
In this episode, Kev and Tracey talk about tips around body language and posture for helping to calm driving nerves.Kev talks about the clues that a student's body language give him, and how when a student becomes stressed or tense it has a knock-on effect on their driving and performance. He also talks about how this stress can sometimes be a clue that a student has a gap in their knowledge or understanding about the driving task that is making them feel stressed.  Tracey talks about power posing, good posture to allow your body to breathe freely, how to relax tense muscles, pandiculation and smiling as ways of calming down the body's response to stress.If you would like to hear more about power posing here is a link to Amy Cuddy’s Ted Talk - https://youtu.be/Ks-_Mh1QhMcWould you like to feature in a future Q&A podcast?  You can record a question about driving nerves or confidence that you would like us to answer on our Speak Pipe page.  If you have a question, then there are likely to be others with the same or similar question so ask away and let's start helping more people to build their driving confidence! https://www.speakpipe.com/TheDrivingConfidencePodcastFind out more about how we can help transform the way you feel about driving and follow us on social media:Confident Drivers website:Free tools on our website: https://www.confidentdrivers.co.uk/freetoolsOur Nervous Drivers Calming Kit: https://www.confidentdrivers.co.uk/solutions/nervous-drivers1Follow or contact us on Social Media:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/confidentdriver/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/confidentdrivers/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtVucIvyC_2AX33zNL7-yoQ
Mar 31 2022
21 mins
Driving Confidence - Don't let stalling stop you!Quick Tips - What to do on the day, or the day before your driving testQuick Tips - What to do one week before your driving test
In this episode, Kev and Tracey continue on from the previous episode and discuss their suggestions for how to manage nerves if you have one week to go until your driving test.Kev talks about making sure you have everything you need ready in advance of the day of the test, and that also you find out what exactly will happen on the day by speaking to your instructor about what happens at the test centre.Tracey reminds about replaying playing mind movies mentioned in the previous episode as well as suggesting that now is a good time to practice breathing exercises, in advance of the test and also suggesting that some people might find hypnotherapy audios useful.Kev then talks about a game he plays with students who are worried about the driving test examiner, which can help them look at the driving test from a different perspective.Would you like to feature in a future Q&A podcast?  You can record a question about driving nerves or confidence that you would like us to answer on our Speak Pipe page.  If you have a question, then there are likely to be others with the same or similar question so ask away and let's start helping more people to build their driving confidence! https://www.speakpipe.com/TheDrivingConfidencePodcastFind out more about how we can help transform the way you feel about driving and follow us on social media:Confident Drivers website:Free tools on our website: https://www.confidentdrivers.co.uk/freetoolsWe have two hypnotherapy audios available in our Nervous Drivers Calming Kit: https://www.confidentdrivers.co.uk/solutions/nervous-drivers1Follow or contact us on Social Media:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/confidentdriver/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/confidentdrivers/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtVucIvyC_2AX33zNL7-yoQ
Mar 10 2022
12 mins
Quick Tips - What to do one month before your driving test
In this episode, Kev and Tracey discuss their top tips for how to tackle nerves and prepare for your driving test when you have one month to go.Kev talks about ways to look at your driving strengths and weaknesses so that you can plan how to best use the time before your test and suggests using the coaching wheel, a reflective log, mock tests and planning your remaining lessons.Kev and Tracey discuss what the examiner is looking for when they assess your driving to ensure that you are safe, confident and competent and ready to drive on your own post-test, demonstrating that you can drive independently, making your own decisions without help being important.Tracey also talks about how you can use imagery techniques such as creating mind movies to build your confidence in between driving lessons.Would you like to feature in a future Q&A podcast?  You can record a question about driving nerves or confidence that you would like us to answer on our Speak Pipe page.  If you have a question, then there are likely to be others with the same or similar question so ask away and let's start helping more people to build their driving confidence! https://www.speakpipe.com/TheDrivingConfidencePodcastFind out more about how we can help transform the way you feel about driving and follow us on social media:Confident Drivers website:Free tools on our website: https://www.confidentdrivers.co.uk/freetoolsNervous Drivers Calming Kit: https://www.confidentdrivers.co.uk/solutions/nervous-drivers1Follow or contact us on Social Media:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/confidentdriver/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/confidentdrivers/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtVucIvyC_2AX33zNL7-yoQ
Mar 3 2022
13 mins
Calming Driving Nerves - Why talking to yourself isn't as mad as it seems!
In this episode, Kev and Tracey discuss why talking to yourself while driving isn’t as mad as it might seem, and why talking yourself through difficult driving tasks can help you to feel calmer and keep your attention focused on what you are doing.Psychological research in child development, education and sports people suggests that private self talk can help to regulate emotions and improve performance so it seems logical that this can also be applied into driving scenarios.Kev talks about the benefits for him as an instructor when a students talks through a task aloud in driving lessons and suggests this might also be useful for those who practice driving between lessons with parents and others.  Kev and Tracey also discuss using self talk as a strategy for the driving test.Would you like to feature in a future Q&A podcast?  You can record a question about driving nerves or confidence that you would like us to answer on our Speak Pipe page.  If you have a question, then there are likely to be others with the same or similar question so ask away and let's start helping more people to build their driving confidence! https://www.speakpipe.com/TheDrivingConfidencePodcastFind out more about how we can help transform the way you feel about driving and follow us on social media:Confident Drivers website:Free tools on our website: https://www.confidentdrivers.co.uk/freetoolsNervous Drivers Calming Kit: https://www.confidentdrivers.co.uk/solutions/nervous-drivers1Follow or contact us on Social Media:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/confidentdriver/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/confidentdrivers/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtVucIvyC_2AX33zNL7-yoQ
Feb 24 2022
20 mins
Quick Tips - Stop your negative thoughts in 2 minutes
Feb 14 2022
5 mins
Driving Confidence - Is your wheel wonky?Welcome to The Driving Confidence Podcast
Welcome to our very first episode of The Driving Confidence Podcast.  This is our trailer and introduction to the podcast and to us. We want to transform the way you feel about your driving and build your driving confidence so this podcast will be looking at ways to manage and calm your nerves, stresses and anxieties around driving.You might be listening to this if you are a learner driver who is feeling nervous about your lessons, or have your driving test coming up soon and are looking for some hints and tips. Maybe you've already passed your driving test, but feel nervous when you drive or perhaps you passed your test years ago, but never really built up your driving confidence.Kev is a driving instructor, as well as training people to become driving instructors and providing courses and training to driving instructors to help them become the best in the driver training industry.  He is also an NLP practitioner, personal development and business coach.  Tracey is not a driving instructor. Her background is in holistic therapists, mindfulness and stress management and she recently completed a psychology degree with The Open University.  Kev and Tracey combined their skills and experience to create the Confident Drivers website which offers nervous drivers a range of resources to help them build their confidence and beat driving nerves and anxiety.  Would you like to feature in a future Q&A podcast?  You can record a question about driving nerves or confidence that you would like us to answer on our Speak Pipe page.  If you have a question, then there are likely to be others with the same or similar question so ask away and let's start helping more people to build their driving confidence! https://www.speakpipe.com/TheDrivingConfidencePodcastFind out more about our resources:Free tools on our website: https://www.confidentdrivers.co.uk/freetoolsAnd follow us on social media:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/confidentdriver/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/confidentdrivers/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtVucIvyC_2AX33zNL7-yoQ
Feb 13 2022
6 mins