You have been learning, now it is time to put your knowledge into practice behind a steering wheel. Although it’s exciting to book your driving lessons, you may find that nerves start to build up. Let’s take a look below at some tips to help you stay calm and composed as you learn to drive.
How to prepare for your first driving lesson
Take a look at the Road Code. This will not only help you with passing your theory test but it will also keep you current on all the rules and regulations.
You should choose a practical outfit. Wear something you can move in, and avoid wearing restrictive clothing. Driving in high heels or flip-flops is not a good idea.
Your instructor will verify that you have your provisional driving license. A provisional license is required to legally drive behind the wheel. An instructor may ask you for your check number so they can check your online counterpart.
It is important to be fit enough to drive. Do not drink the night before. Also, don’t forget to take your glasses and contact lenses with you if necessary.
How do you spend your first driving lesson?
Is it possible to drive straight away?
But don’t worry, you won’t immediately be driving the car. First, you’re driving instructor will take you to a quiet street where you’ll learn how to control the car. This includes the car’s gears, its pedals, and the so-called cockpit drill.
What’s the difference between a cockpit drill and a pilot drill?
This is an important exercise that all drivers must perform before they can get into their car. The cockpit drill is also known as the DSSSM routine. It involves checking your doors and windows, seat belt, steering, steering, mirrors, and seatbelt.
Doors – Before you start your engine, ensure that all doors are locked and secured.
Seat and steering: Adjust your seating so that controls are easily accessible and you have a clear vision of the road. Your headrest should be adjusted to prevent whiplash in the event of an accident.
Seatbelt – Make sure your passengers and you are all buckled in.
Mirrors – place your mirrors to minimize your blind spots.
How can I get out?
The big moment, taking control of the car is when you have to get it moving and showing that you can safely follow the ‘Prepare. Observe. Move’ procedure.
- Preparation: Get your vehicle ready to go when you see clear roads
- Keep your left foot on the clutch and press down.
- Select first gear.
- You can press the gas pedal with your right foot down until you get to approximately 1500-2000 rpm.
- Keeps the clutch moving slowly up until you reach the end?
- You must be ready to release the handbrake at exactly the right time.
- Observe – Show your instructor that your awareness of the surrounding environment is a priority
- Take a look around your car to see if any issues could impact your driving plan.
- Keep an eye on both your shoulders.
- Move the car confidently when it is safe.
- Release the handbrake.
- While slowly releasing the clutch, gently press the gas pedal.
- If the car is moving too fast for you, reduce the throttle and use the clutch pedal to control the vehicle’s speed.
- You can now check your blind spots, mirrors, and other areas and adjust your car to the right driving position.
What should I do if my mistake is made?
You’re bound to feel anxious when you’re learning to drive. But you don’t have to master it all immediately. With practice and time, driving is something that you can get better at. Even those who have been driving for many years can still learn. You don’t have to worry about making mistakes – your instructor has been there before.
If something goes wrong (which is unlikely), your instructor can take control of the car. Dual-controlled cars are used in professional driving schools. Your instructor can also step in to help you if necessary.