Jittery Helen tells back-seat critics: I really can drive!

Nervous driver Helen Wilson takes her best friend Jean for a spin in a new episode of Channel 5's Dangerous Drivers' School
Nervous driver Helen Wilson takes her best friend Jean for a spin in a new episode of Channel 5's Dangerous Drivers' School
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A NERVOUS driver will silence her backseat critics when she stars in Channel 5’s Dangerous Drivers’ School tonight.

Halifax schools examiner Helen Wilson passed her test almost 20 years ago and always believed she was a good driver.

But criticism from her twin sister Cath and best friend Jean left her questioning her ability so she called in professional help from the AA Driving School.

Helen said: “I was really starting to lose confidence in my own driving ability and I wanted to make sure I was a safe driver.

“My session really gave me peace of mind that I am a capable driver.

“Spending time on my parking also helped because, actually, when I was feeling more confident I found it a lot easier to park.

“It was a really good feeling to be able to tell Jean and Cath that I was right – I can drive well!”

Instructor Ashley Grigg said: “Helen had started to lose confidence behind the wheel because of backseat driving.

“But once she was in the car with just me she was actually a competent driver.

“It just goes to show that, although backseat drivers often have good intentions, their criticism can do more harm than good.

“I think Helen should be proud she took the course and of how well she did, particularly on improving her parking.

“I’m sure she will be a much more confident driver in future.”

To launch the programme, the AA Charitable Trust has made 2,000 free Drive Confident and Drive Smart courses available to qualified drivers across the country.

The courses, as shown in the series, help rusty, lapsed and dangerous drivers get back on the road with renewed confidence and competence.

Each course offers two hours of in-car tuition with a fully qualified AA driving instructor like Ashley.

AA president Edmund King said: “Anyone who watches Helen’s episode and recognises themselves or someone they know should take advantage of the free courses.

“We know from our own research there are hundreds of thousands of drivers who have taken a break from driving for so long they feel they have forgotten how to drive.”

You can watch tonight’s episode at 8pm.