Mindset is Key

 

Mindset is a key component in driver confidence, focus and safety, and therefore should not be overlooked. Drivers have much to be gained from investing in appropriate driver mindset training. However, due to the individualised nature of driver mindset, a ‘one size fits all’ approach does not always work.

 

The Mindful Driver online and in car training programmes for Learner, Qualified and Professional drivers address this issue. It puts you the driver at the centre of your training, drawing from your experiences, both on and off the road. We also connect the way you drive to your core values using Mindfulness Inspired Techniques and a Mindful Inquiry Process.

Mindfulness Inspired Techniques

Using the principles of mindfulness, we have developed innovative techniques that safely incorporate mindfulness into driver training. Due to their flexibility they can be taught online or in the classroom, as well as in vehicle. These techniques help to bring more focus and concentration to driving, resulting in a safer, more confident driving style. This is an important step in laying the foundations for the Mindful Inquiry Process.

Mindful Inquiry Process

In the Mindful Inquiry Process the driver is invited to investigate their current mindset. You can then reflect on its impact on your driving through a guided discussion of topics relating to other road users, different driving situations and yourself as the driver. This aims to develop driver behaviour by connecting your core values with what you do in vehicle. It also helps you to reduce negative emotions, creating a safer and more enjoyable driving experience.

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Why use mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a tool that cultivates awareness and intentional actions and can be utilised in driver training. It can help you be fully present, undistracted and engaged with your environment, both physically and mentally. Also, it encourages you to take responsibility for your actions and act compassionately towards yourself and others on the road. Mindfulness can teach us how to respond to difficult situation in a calm, confident, considerate and safe manner.

What previous clients have achieved…

Here are some reductions experienced by a group of clients after just 5 weeks of implementing the techniques described above:

Fear of driving in heavy traffic dropped by0%

Finding driving difficult came down0%

Finding driving stressful dropped0%

And in one case, anxiety dropped by0%

“My anxiety has nearly completely disappeared all together, it’s a long way from what it was. I began this course worried at the thought of getting in my car… I was so anxious. Slowing down and being kind to others are sentiments I kept repeating to myself during these 5 weeks. I am very impressed with the difference it’s made. I thought anxiety would take longer to fix but this proves it doesn’t have to! 😃

– Nagea

Meet the Trainer

Mark Coleman

Founder of Mindful Driver
DVSA Approved Driving Instructor (Grade A)
DVSA Registered Fleet Driver Trainer
Driver Mindset Coach

“I have been a driver trainer for over 10 years, teaching learner and qualified drivers in and around busy city centre roads. During this time I have built a reputation for myself as a specialist in anxiety, stress, distraction and frustration. I help my clients to develop a safe driving practice whilst learning to enjoy, and even love, their driving experience.

 

Being passionate about driving and mindfulness, I have relished the opportunity this past decade to adapt and perfect the combination of these passions and qualifications. I believe mindful driving doesn’t just improve people’s outlook, it can actually transform driving into something more impactful. It can create a greater sense of well-being, both on and off the road. It is massively rewarding to see my clients achieve a more peaceful, confident and enjoyable drive, because I know that this will benefit them in far reaching ways.

 

With the addition of my DVSA Fleet Driver Trainer qualification I am now able to help companies and their fleets of professional drivers access and benefit from the relatively untapped resource of mindfulness in this industry.

 

With less stress comes a healthier life and a safer driving style, one built on compassion, contribution and community. This is my way of helping our roads become a safer place to work.”