Tips for Driving Lessons
30 Aug 2011 at 11:55
Learn to drive quickly and easily with our 10 tips to getting the most from your driving lessons...
1. Be prepared before you start learning
Before your first driving lesson, become familiar with The Highway Code. This will give you a good understanding of the rules of the road before you get behind the wheel.
A full copy of The Highway Code is available online to help you learn the do's and do not's of driving. Check out: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport/Highwaycode/DG_070202
2. Find the right instructor
To enjoy your lessons and maximise the chances of passing your driving test, choose an instructor who you're comfortable and happy learning with. Anyone over the age of 21 who has had a driving licence for three years can teach you to drive.
However, to get the best tuition that will help you pass the test, it is recommended you choose an 'Advanced Driving Instructor' (ADI) licensed by the Driving Standards Agency. Statistics show nine out of 10 people who passed the practical test first time round were taught by an ADI. To help find an ADI, the Government has launched an online driving instructor directory: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring/LearnerAndNewDrivers/LearningToDriveOrRide/DG_4022528
3. Choose manual or automatic
You can learn to drive and take your test in either a manual-gearbox or automatic-gearbox car.
Automatic cars can make learning to drive easier, but if you take your driving test in an automatic car your driving licence won't entitle you to drive a manual one. Passing the test in a manual also entitles you to drive an automatic.
4. Wear the right footwear
It's easier to control the pedals wearing comfortable shoes. Heavy boots can make it hard to perfect driving techniques and heels will get scuffed and give you less control. Choose thin, narrow shoes to give you the necessary 'feel' on the pedals.
5. Get a good night's sleep
Make sure you are fresh and ready to learn when your instructor arrives. It is also advisable to minimise alcohol consumption the night before, to give you a clear head.
6. Learn at the right pace
Book a minimum of one 2-hour lesson per week when you start learning to drive.
As you progress you may find that two or more lessons a week suit you better. Your ADI instructor will offer the best guidance on the right pace for you.
7. Practice between lessons
The average learner needs 20 hours of practice to pass the driving test, in addition to 45 hours of driving lessons. Once you've started learning, ask your instructor for advice about when you are ready to start practising between lessons.
You can practice driving between lessons while accompanied by anyone who is over 21 years old
has held a full British driving licence for at least three years.
8. If you're in a hurry, take an intensive course
If you want to pass your driving test before a certain time - before you go to college, for instance - consider an intensive course. These consist of extended one-on-one tuition, with some teaching people to drive in as little as a week.
Intensive courses are hard work and require dedication. Some offer residential intensive courses, to ensure there are no distractions to provide complete focus on learning to drive.
9. Study for the theory test while you learn to drive
Studying theory and practice at the same time makes learning both easier. Theory gives lots of hints on the best way of driving and their importance can be underlined when on the road.
If you have a disability, learn with a driving school that that can cater to your needs. Driving schools offer special adapted cars and trained instructors can also aid disabled learner-drivers.
Find an ADI - http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring/LearnerAndNewDrivers/LearningToDriveOrRide/DG_4022528
The Highway Code - http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport/Highwaycode/DG_070202