Here at Drive4Life we understand that you may be nervous leading up to your first driving lesson, but what exactly will it involve? It’s finally here! – The day you get behind the wheel for what is probably the first time. It’s a big day, but it can be pretty nerve-wracking too. It helps if you know what to expect beforehand, so make sure you prepare. You’ll pick things up much easier if they’re familiar to you and you feel confident about what happens next.
- The night/morning before your lesson:
- Get some sleep
- Do NOT drink the night before
- Breakfast! Something light as heavier food will make you less aware and will give you a slower reaction time.
- Double check where and when you’re being picked up (you would have arranged this with your instructor, usually at your home, but you can meet almost anywhere)
- Choose comfy, non-slip shoes (no heels)
- Take glasses if you need them
- Remember your provisional licence
- The pick-up
Don’t worry – you’re not going to have to get in the driving seat straight away! You’ll be getting in the passenger seat to start with, while your instructor takes you to a quiet place for you to get to grips with the basics. Usually a quiet carpark or a very quiet side street.
3. The cockpit drill
When you’ve arrived at a quiet road with low traffic, your instructor will have you switch so you’re in the driving seat. Your instructor will then explain the cockpit drill to introduce you to the checks you’ll need to do every time you drive (DSSSM):
- The cockpit drill or DSSSM:
- Doors securely closed?
- Seat in a comfortable position?
- Steering position established?
- Seatbelts on?
- Mirrors adjusted?
5. The controls
Next, you’ll get a run-through of the clutch, accelerator and brake; how to use the handbrake and indicator; and how to change gear. Don’t be afraid to ask if you can run through the controls again because you’ll want to be sure when you’re suddenly doing 20 miles an hour and it feels like your speeding. Don’t worry too much though – your instructor will talk you through everything as you go and if you’re unsure about something, just ask your instructor, it’s what they’re there for!
6. The road
Before you start the engine, your instructor will explain a few key procedures:
- Moving off: getting ready to use your gears
- Clutch control including finding the biting point
- Checking your mirrors and blind spot
- Signalling with your indicator
- Changing gear
- Stopping the car, covering the brake and the clutch
- Curb side parking
Once you get going, try to relax and remember that your instructor has their own set of controls so you can focus on learning without being scared. If you get the chance, do move out onto the road so you can experience ‘proper’ driving. You won’t regret it!
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HELP AND TIPS FOR WHEN DOING TURNS WITH DRIVE4LIFE
Today at Drive4Life we will be discussing tips for when you are doing turns on the road. Listed are some tips and advice on how to perfect turns during the driving test.
When you’re initially going through the motions during the test, in the turning situation the examiner will more than likely choose a road crowded with vehicles, to see if you’re able to cope with the pressure of the situation. When you’re going through the motions, other vehicles may become frustrated with your driving methodology and try techniques to either get in front of you, etc. It is highly recommended that you become very familiar with this skill, because it will make it a lot easier on you, to apply the skill under these circumstances. Everyone had to go through this at one point, everyone whose driving with you at that time, remember that, and remember what you’ve been taught, because you have the skills to do it.
DON’T GIVE UP
When you’re taking your test, you don’t have to be perfect. The invigilator is not expecting you to drive flawlessly. If there’s anything you’re not completely certain on you’re able to perform when doing the test, then we recommend that you do not attempt it. Whenever you’re asked to do a maneuver, if you don’t think you’re able ot perform it, then try doing something similar but would get you through the same situation. This will occur in you getting a minor for the final testing results, but it is better than having a big mistake on the report. You just have to make sure that you don’t do anything dangerous during the test.
There is nothing against what kind of turn you’re doing for the situation, the only thing you have to concern yourself with when going through a turning situation is that you’re doing something that’s safe. You need to be constantly aware of your surroundings, just to make sure you know everything that’s going on, and you’re not going to make a mistake based off of your negligence, rather than your ability. Depending on approaching vehicles, if they want to get ahead of you, make sure that you remain steady until they’ve passed, if they come to halt and allow you to continue, then continue with the exercise.
If you would like more helpful tips like this one, then please keep checking our blog page as new ones are added quite frequently. If you’re unsure on your MSPSL then please check out our MSPSL Explained article. Alternatively if you would like driving lessons and you’re based in Runcorn, Chester or Widnes then please contact us today and a member of our friendly team will be in touch with you shortly.