What To Expect On Your First Driving Lesson

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What To Expect On Your First Driving Lesson

What To Expect On Your First Driving Lesson

Although it’s 2020 and we are a long way from having self-driving cars, it’s been estimated that big changes are coming in the near future with adaptive driving and even more over the next decade.

Until then, everyone will have to learn core driving skills for themselves if they want to drive. Even if you’re a little nervous, learning to drive is a lot easier than you might think when you choose the right driving school.

For your first driving lesson, it helps to know what to expect before you go. Read on for our guide on what to expect during your first driving lesson.

Getting Ready For Your First Driving Lesson

If you’re preparing for your first driving lesson, congratulations! You’ve just taken your first step towards experiencing all the freedom that comes with driving.

Although it can seem overwhelming (and a tad bit intimidating) at first, learning to drive opens up a world of possibilities. There are roughly 50 million licensed drivers in Great Britain, so chances are you’ll do great.

Before you go to your first driving lesson, there are a few things you should do to prepare yourself:

  • Have a Provisional Driving Licence – You can not take any driving lessons until you have a provisional licence in your hand.
  • Get lots of sleep: you want to be well-rested, relaxed, and alert.
  • Stay sober: don’t get drunk or intoxicated on any illicit substances the night before your first driving lesson.
  • Eat a good breakfast: this will help keep you focused and energized.
  • Be sure you’re clear on all the details: double-check your class time, location, and things you should bring.
  • Relax: don’t stress yourself out, learning to drive probably isn’t as hard as you think it will be.

Everyone gets a little nervous before their first driving lesson, but you set yourself up for success by being prepared. As long as you arrive alert, fed, and confident in your abilities, you’ll do great.

What To Bring To Your First Driving Lesson

Another thing to keep in mind as you prepare for your first driving lesson is what you will need to have ready. It’s wise to lay everything out the night before so you can be sure you’re not forgetting anything.

Here are a few things you’ll need for your first driving lesson:

  • Comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Your provisional license
  • Payment for your lesson if needed
  • Glasses or contacts if you need them

By preparing all the necessary supplies for your driving lesson, you can avoid being late or forgetting something important.

Your Instructor Will Pick You Up

Before you begin your first driving lesson, your instructor will arrive to pick you up. Time is money, so you want to be extra sure that you’ve got the time right and that you’re up and ready to go. You won’t be in the driver’s seat right away; instead, your instructor will drive you somewhere safe to practice.

Getting Behind The Wheel

Once your instructor has arrived at a suitable location, it will be your turn to take the wheel. However, before you start driving, you’ll have to ensure everything is in order. At this point, you will learn your first driving skill, the D.S.S.S.M routine. 

Before you drive, check the following:

  • Doors – Are they closed?
  • Seat – Is it correctly adjusted?
  • Steering Wheel – Is it positioned at the correct height? 
  • Seatbelt – Is it clicked in?
  • Mirrors – Finally, are your mirrors ready?

After you’ve verified that everything is good, for new drivers next you will start your “controls lesson” this will, in-depth, go through all the hand and feet controls in the car, moving next to you driving up and down the side road. Moving forwards over the next few lessons, you will learn the first of the core skills like stopping, moving out of junctions, turning into side roads. Once that’s completed the core skills you’re safe to move on, you will quickly find yourself moving up to main roads. 

Experienced drivers will have a conversation with the instructor at the start of the lesson to gauge their level of driving of skill and start appropriately. 

What your instructor should NEVER do is place a new driver on a main road, this would be unsafe for the student, the instructor and all other road users. This sometimes still happens and can create lots of unneeded anxiety for students plus considerable risk for all the road users. To avoid this, be sure to only use a Fully Approved Driving Instructor with genuine reviews and feedback. 

Prepare To Drive!

Learning to drive is one of life’s most rewarding experiences, even if it’s a little scary at first. Now that you know how to prepare for your first driving lesson, you’ll be ahead of the game!

Contact us today to set up your first driving lesson.

Olie Smith
Olie Smith
Olie Smith is a DSA Fully Approved Driving instructor with years of professional experience in driver training. Oliver set up Totally Driving to give a more bespoke, personal feel to driving lessons.

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