Your first driving lesson….

Saturday, June 7, 2014 @ 05:06 PM
posted by ABL

 The first driving lesson is usually the one that makes most new drivers very nervous, simply because they do not know what to expect. This nervousness is usually unfounded though, because in most cases, their first time behind the wheel goes remarkably well, and both they and their instructor, are satisfied with the results.

The following information is to let you know what to expect from your first driving lessen, which should help to reduce your anxiety quite significantly. This of course, is assuming that you have already booked a driving instructor, and are going to have your first driving lesson soon.

When making your initial booking with the driving school or instructor, arrangements should have been made to pick you up at your location, like college, at home, or your place of work. You might have also been asked to bring your provisional driving license with you on your first lesson, as proof that you are indeed legal to drive.

When your instructor picks you up for your first driving lesson, he or she will first ask to see your provisional driving license. How you begin this initial lesson, and how long it takes, depends entirely on where you have been picked up. In other words, if it is in an area where there is a lot of traffic, you will sit in the passenger seat, and your instructor will drive you to somewhere where there is less traffic. This would normally be a quiet street in a residential area, which is more suitable for someone that is driving a car for the first time.

This will be a routine exercise, until you are more comfortable and capable of driving, to begin your lessons from your pick-up point. While driving you to the starting area, your instructor will more than likely give you a brief description of what you will be doing for your first session.

Upon arrival at the quiet area, you will switch places with the instructor, and get behind the wheel. The cockpit drill, which takes about thirty minutes, will then be explained to you in detail. This involves safety procedures, what the various pedals and levers are, as well as their functions, and of course, how to operate them. A book with diagrams might also be used at this time, to help you to better understand the whole procedure.

Your first driving lesson should be no less than 2 hours, to allow for enough time to get you to the quiet location, explain the cockpit drill to you, and also to give you your first lesson in actually driving the car.

Your instructor will explain the starting and stopping procedures to you before making you drive the car, which might again include the use of diagrams. He or she will explain how you should use the various pedals and other equipment in the car to get it to move forward, and how to do it safely too, by using the various mirrors on the vehicle. You will learn all about the blind spot, and how to use the car’s equipment to park safely on the left. Only when you and your instructor are quite sure that you understand the procedure, will you be made to actually drive the car.

You will be nervous at this stage, but remember, it is the first time you will be driving a car, and you will only be moving the vehicle a short way down the road, before your instructor tells you to stop. You should also bear in mind that the car has dual controls, so, in the event of something going wrong, your instructor will be able to take over immediately, to prevent you from having an accident. You will do this starting and stopping procedure a few times in your first lesson and, if you stall the car, then don’t worry about it, because it happens to most first-time drivers. If you want to have a better understanding about this, and build your confidence, then do some research on how to prevent stalling a car.

When your session is over, your instructor will take you back to wherever you wish to be dropped off, which need not be the same place where you were picked up. He or she will then give you a summary as to how your first lesson went, and what you might be doing when you have your next lesson. Your instructor might also give you a progress report booklet, to allow you to keep your driving progress up-to-date. This booklet should accompany you for each lesson.

When discussing future bookings with your instructor, you might want to consider taking block bookings if you are comfortable working with him or her, as you could very well qualify for a significant discount.