If you’ve never been behind the wheel before, there’s only so much you can do to prepare for your first driving lesson.
Should I take lessons with family members beforehand?
Whilst taking a couple of driving lessons with family or friends can be tempting, it can also teach you bad habits that take a while to correct. Sure, watch a couple of videos to find out where the controls are, but don’t take to the roads before you’re ready.
This might sound counterproductive, but your driving instructor is qualified to teach, not your parent. So stick to your driving lessons until you’ve got a few hours under your belt before taking any lessons with your parents or friends.
And when you do go out with friends and family, make sure you’re following the rules, including getting the right learner driver insurance policy. This doesn’t have to be expensive; Adrian Flux offers provisional licence insurance from just 75p a day. Just give them a call on 0800 369 8590 for more info.
So what can I do to prepare?
There are a few things you can do to help you get into the right mindset for your first driving lesson. Try these tips a few days or weeks before the big day.
Review the highway code
Taking a look at the highway code will give you a head start, ensuring you’re aware of the rules of the road, road signs, and signalling before you start driving. Your first time in the car can be overwhelming, so this is a great way to help you feel prepared.
Watch your parents drive
When you get into the car with your parents, take note of how they drive. Seeing how they press the clutch and change gears is a great way to start learning before you actually start – so long as you’re driving the same type of car as them, that is.
Find a RED Driving Instructor near you
RED’s experienced instructors operate nationwide. So whether you’re learning in Newcastle or Norwich or Plymouth or Preston, they’ll find the perfect instructor to help you on your journey to passing.
How can I prepare the night before?
Check your lesson details
Double-check where and when your lesson will start. There’s nothing worse than turning up late and flustered because you forgot if your lesson was in the morning or afternoon. Remember to get together anything you’ll need, such as your provisional licence, money for your first lesson and glasses or contacts if you need them.
Choose comfy clothes
There’s nothing worse than sitting in uncomfortable clothes while trying to learn a new skill. Pay close attention to your shoes. A pair of trainers work well. Whatever you do, avoid flip flops and high heels at all costs.
Get a good night’s sleep
It’s a cliché for a reason, so make sure you get enough shut eye the night before your first lesson. This can help calm nerves.
Find out what to expect
Most first lessons follow the same formula, so take a look at our blog on what to expect from your first lesson. Knowing what to expect can be a great way of calming your nerves.
It’s easier said than done we know, but every single driver on the road has been in the same position as you are right now. And that means your driving instructor’s probably seen it all too. Plus, they’ll have their own set of controls, so even if you make a mistake they’ll be looking out for you.
Remember, this is your new journey to freedom. Good luck and stay safe!