How does this relate to you? Read through and answer
the next few questions.
If you said YES to all or some of these questions,
you know what it feels like to experience a fear of driving and the impact
it can have on your lifestyle and self-confidence.
Back in the Drivers Seat programme
The Back in the Drivers Seat: Understanding,
Challenging and Managing the Fear of Driving® programme was originally
developed in 1998. It is designed to assist people who have a fear of
driving to understand and manage their anxiety and to improve their confidence
to start driving or return to driving generally or in specific driving
The programme is conducted in two formats: individually
or in a group. It consists of six weekly sessions and three individual
practical driving lessons with a qualified driving instructor. The practical
driving sessions provide an opportunity for real-life practice and to
apply strategies and skills discussed in the weekly sessions. Each individual
develops their own return to driving plan by setting a series of goals
across a range of driving situations.
The programme is currently only being conducted in Hobart. It is hoped that the programme will be offered in other States in the near future.
the Back in the Drivers Seat programme for the current cost
of the group and individual programmes. It is useful to contact your private
health provider to discuss whether a rebate is available in relation to
participating in the programme.
Individuals who have participated in the programme
have successfully achieved their driving goals and reported an increase
in confidence associated with driving. They develop an understanding of
their fear of driving and learn to apply coping skills and strategies
to assist them to manage their anxiety in real life driving situations.
People have also applied these skills to other areas of their lives.
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