7 things to expect on your first driving lesson

2 min read • Posted Dec 17, 2018

After waiting for years to learn to drive, many learners are surprised to find themselves feeling a little bit nervous before their instructor arrives for the first time. Knowing what to expect in your first driving lesson is the easiest way to calm your nerves and ensure that you get off to a great start behind the wheel.

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1. You’ll need your provisional with you

Your driving instructor will want to see your provisional driving licence to make sure that you’re legally allowed to drive. This only applies for your first driving lesson, but make sure you remember; you won’t be allowed to drive without showing your instructor your provisional first.

2. You may not get behind the wheel straight away

Depending on where your instructor is picking you up from, you may not be able to jump straight into the drivers’ seat and start your first driving lesson. If you live on a main road or in an area that gets a lot of traffic, your instructor will probably ask you to sit in the passenger seat and will then drive you to a more appropriate location such as a quiet residential street or perhaps an industrial estate.

3. But you will get to drive

Even if your instructor is the one behind the wheel at the start of your first driving lesson, you should get to drive before the lesson’s over. You won’t be doing 50mph on a dual carriageway, but you’ll almost certainly get to do a few laps or a housing or industrial estate at a sensible speed. Believe us, on your first driving lesson, even 30mph feels like you’re flying.

4. You’ll learn the cockpit drill

The cockpit drill is essentially just setting up the car’s seat and mirrors correctly. Sounds simple, but it’s really, really important. Your instructor will probably spend a good chunk of your first lesson explaining how to set up the vehicle. It’s not the most thrilling lesson you’ll learn, but it’s a vital one. You can save yourself a bit of time by practising setting up the mirrors in your own/your parents’ car or reading our guide to the cockpit drill.

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5. You’ll start with the basics

Don’t expect to dive straight in and start learning reverse around a corner, your first driving lesson will focus on the most basic elements of learning to drive. You’ll be introduced to all the car’s controls, from the windscreen wipers to the heater dials, and you may begin learning how to safely move off and stop. You’ll definitely begin learning about clutch control and how/when to check your blind spots.

6. You’ll probably stall, and that’s okay

Stalling is the nemesis of almost every learner driver and it can be really easy to let a few stalls annoy you. Don’t let stalling ruin your first driving lesson, it’s a perfectly normal part of learning clutch control and it’s nothing to get stressed about. Your instructor has probably taught hundreds if not thousands of learners and will be full of tips to help you to get the hang of using the clutch.

7. You’ll get your first lesson report

As a Midrive learner, shortly after your first lesson you’ll get a shiny new lesson report delivered to your inbox and in your dashboard at miDrive.com. Inside you’ll find a map with the route you drove, any progress awards you’ve achieved from our curriculum and detailed feedback from your instructor on how it all went – perfect for showing off to friends and family. Let the bragging commence!

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