For today’s blog post I thought that I would discuss some of the things that you should expect on your first driving lesson. Most of the things that I will discuss in this blog post will be most useful to those who are completely starting from scratch when it comes to driving. This is the type of thing that I would have found useful when I had my first driving lesson so I’m sure that it will be helpful for others.
Getting started with driving lessons is often the most nerve wracking part, at least it was for me anyway. I have a blog post dedicated to how I got started with getting back into my driving lessons which you can take a look at.
Without further ado, let’s get into the blog post!
How to prepare for your first driving lesson
When it comes to your first lesson, it’s important to bring your provisional driving licence along with you. This is something that your driving instructor will want to see this on your first lesson. This is so that your driving instructor knows that you are legal to drive on the road.
If you need glasses or contact lenses then you will also need to make sure that you wear these during all of your driving lessons and your driving test in order to drive safely. Your driving instructor will also carry out a quick eye test with you during your first lesson so it’s important to wear glasses or contact lenses if you need them.
It’s also important to wear comfortable clothes whilst you take your driving lessons. You don’t want to be wearing a thick coat or shoes that make it difficult to use the pedals. For my driving lessons I tend to just wear some trainers that I’ve had for a couple of years, leggings and a jumper with a denim jacket over the top. You don’t need to dress fancy either.
Other things that I would suggest are important include getting a good night’s sleep the night before your driving lesson, you don’t want to be exhausted on your driving lesson. Don’t be tempted to drink the night before and have breakfast in the morning, especially if you have a morning lesson. It would also be a good idea to double check the day before the time of your lesson and where you’re being picked up from. If you’re paying by cash, don’t forget this too!
My first driving lesson (2 hours)
This was my first lesson behind the driving wheel again as I was pretty much starting from scratch. As this was my first driving lesson, it was 2 hours long. Although this seems like a long time, I wasn’t actually driving for the whole two hours. I had this lesson in the evening after work because I wanted to start lessons as soon as possible and I was picked up from my house. The first thing my driving instructor did was he checked my provisional licence before he drove me to the industrial estate.
Once we got to the industrial estate, we switched seats so that I was now in the driver’s seat. My driving instructor went through all of the basics with me. This included the cockpit drill and the vehicle controls. He then talked me through moving off safely and stopping on the left safely, talking me through everything including the normal driving position. We continued to practice this until the lesson was up.
Having two hours for your first lesson is definitely beneficial. This will help you to learn about the basics such as the cockpit drill and the vehicle controls whilst also being able to practice driving too.
Your first driving lesson can be a bit scary and nerve wracking, especially if it’s your first time behind the wheel and controlling a vehicle. If you find the thought of driving scary, it can be scary to actually get started and pluck up the courage to start lessons.
Sometimes you have to go out of your comfort zone and face the things that scare you.