It’s pretty daunting thinking ahead to those first few driving lessons but there’s really nothing to worry about. Here are some tips for being prepared and what to expect…
1. Read up on the Highway Code!
If you have time, before the lesson have a quick read of The Highway Code (the guide to the rules of the road designed for everyone from drivers to pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists). You’ll have a head start and be able to impress the instructor with your knowledge
2. Arrive well rested and alert
Try to get lots of sleep the night before, and make sure you haven’t had any alcohol!
3. Bring your provisional driving license
It might seem obvious, but make sure you have applied for your provisional license well in advance of your first lesson, as it might take a while to arrive. Bring it along to your lesson so your instructor can see that you’re legally allowed on the roads!
4. Get settled in comfortably
Adjust your seat properly when you get into the car – you need to make sure you can reach the pedals properly! You might need to move it further forward than the instructor’s normal setting.
5. Wear suitable shoes
Try and wear comfortable shoes without too much of a heel or thick sole, so you can move the pedals easily with the ball of your foot.
6. Wear comfy clothes
When you’re driving, you need to be able to stretch your legs and move your arms freely, so try and wear an outfit that allows you to do this!
7. Remember your glasses
If you normally wear glasses or contact lenses, remember to wear them to your lesson! If you haven’t had an eye test in a while, it might be a good idea to go to the optician to check your prescription is up date. It’s really important that you’re able to read road signs clearly!
8. Relax and get some practice
At first it seems like a lot of information to take on board at once, but as you gain experience it will all start to feel natural. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed, so make sure you get a few hours of practice in during your own time so you can go through things at your own pace – it’s a great way to build confidence and get the most out of your next lesson.
9. Remember you’re in safe hands
Don’t be nervous about using the ignition and switching on the engine- you won’t be able to go anywhere if the clutch is in neutral! Once you do start moving, remember that your instructor has full control over the car so will be able to interfere if anything goes wrong.
10. Ask lots of questions
Lastly and most importantly, don’t be afraid of asking questions if you don’t understand something! Your instructor is used to teaching beginners, and it is their job to help you learn.