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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What is MSPSL? A Quick Discussion with Pete from Drive4Life
MSPSL is the term used when driving around on the roads and you’re about to make a turn or impede other drivers on the road. They are rules to follow and you will learn them over the course of your driving lessons, failing to follow MSPSL will result in you failing your practical driving test. So what is MSPSL? Well it stands for MIRRORS SIGNAL POSITION SPEED LOOK and bellow are just what these mean;
Mirrors: The appropriate mirrors must be checked on the approach to any junction type. The main interior mirror initially, followed by the wing mirror of the direction that you are turning (left would be left wing mirror, whilst right, would be right win mirror).
Signal: Once you have checked your mirrors it’s time to let the other drivers & pedestrians know what you’re about to do and you will need to indicate in the direction that you want to turn. Not using signals at all or using them too late is dangerous and it could result in a) running a pedestrian over b) a collision with another vehicle.
Position: The correct road position must be applied depending on the direction you are turning, the width of the road and if lanes are used. Left turns are usually taken in your normal driving position, taking too close to the left side may result in you hitting the curb. If making a right turn, position the car just to the left of the centre line in the road.
Speed: Speed is relevant to the location and situation on the road. The location may be a residential area with a closed junction, this may require a much slower speed than a wide open road with open junctions.
Look: Looking refers to all round observation. Before making the turn, it is important that there are no other vehicles moving into your path, cyclists or pedestrians. Turning left often requires a quick final look into the left door mirror before making the turn to make sure there are no cyclists under-taking you.
With a lot of practice the MSPSL rule will become second nature and you will have a much better chance in passing your exam. If you are looking for driving lessons in the Runcorn area, but have not yet decided on an instructor, there is nobody better than myself! I can slowly teach you the basics and then implement new ways into them, you’ll be mastering the harder parts in no time at all and you’ll be passing your test in almost a blink of an eye! If you are interested in our lessons, then please don’t hesitate to contact me and I’ll be in touch with you shortly!
Applying for your British Provisional Driving Licence
Applying for a Provisional Driving Licence is that first all important step to learning to drive, but before your application there are several criteria to meet and a few boxes that you’ll need to tick.
To begin with you’ll need to be a resident of Great Britain and knowing your National Insurance Number will certainly speed your application. You’ll also need to have utility bills or letters covering 3 years to prove you’ve been a resident in this country and you’ll also need a valid proof of identity, eg passport.
If you’re merely interested in riding around on a moped or quad bike then at the age of 16 you can do this quite easily. However, if your intention is to drive a car then you must be 17. Apply for it nice and early, before your 16th birthday, then you’ll feel like you’ve got things moving.
You’ll need to meet the minimum eyesight requirement too. If you need to wear glasses for distance you will also need them for driving, a quick visit to the optician will put your mind at rest. They will also ask if you have any eye conditions that prevents you from seeing normally.
Your payment of £50 can be paid either by debit or credit card and this should be sent with your completed D1 form.
The whole process is fairly quick and you should in possession of your very first Provisional Licence within 1 week of your application.
Remember, if your looking for driving lessons, a driving instructor will need to see your licence before you can start learning to drive
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Here at Drive4Life we understand that one of the main things that may be stopping you from learning to drive is the cost of insurance for people aged between 18 – 24 as it is anywhere around £5,000 per year. Although this shouldn’t let this put you off learning how to drive, because you could have your licence after you pass, even if you don’t actually drive for a couple of years. If you were to be the an extra driver on your parents car insurance then you would save a lot of money on your insurance and it would be more affordable although this does mean that the car isn’t officially classed as yours, but you would still have the choice to drive as and when. Now the second way is mostly waiting until you are 25 before you buy your first car, this is because you are then seen as a mature driver and not a “boy-racer”, obviously if you passed your test at 18 and waited until you were 25 before getting a car and insurance then your insurance costs would be a lot lower and they would be the same as what everyone else pays for theirs. At Drive4Life we recommend that you have some refresher lessons to check and enhance your skills.
Many young people are put off from learning how to drive, due to the costs of insurance and that they’d never be able to afford it, so they think what’s the point? Well if you knew how to drive you could apply for a job where driving is part of job description then your firm would then pay for your insurance for the vehicle you’d be using during company hours. This would show insurance companies that you respect other drivers on the roads and after a few years, when you come to buy your own insurance the costs would be considerably lower than when you looked after passing your test although you would have no “no claims” bonus.
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Here at Drive4Life I am known for being the best Driving Instructor in Runcorn and we have many happy learners who have ended up passing first time around, due to both the ways that I teach and the personality/learning style of themselves. Below are just what a few of my fantastic students have said about my service:
Michael Wilds: I recently passed my driving test through Pete’s driving lessons. It took me a bit longer than expected to get properly on the roads, as in not staying on one specific road. But that was because Pete wanted to make sure that I had mastered the basics before even attempting to do things such as turns, junctions, roundabouts etc. I must’ve spent around 6 hours just re-doing my gears (moving up) and finding the bite (which was very hard at first!). But once I mastered the basics he gradually added more and more things into what I was already doing and before I knew it, I was on roundabouts and smashing junctions! After a couple of months and a fair few lessons, I was ready to take my test! Luckily the routes Pete had me on were the exact same in the test, this relieved a lot of stress from my shoulders and I could relax more as I was used to the roads. I ended up passing my practical exam first time round and I couldn’t be any happier with the lessons that Pete gave me. I have already recommended your lessons to a few friends and told them how great you are. Thanks a lot!
Thomas Hesketh: I passed my driving exams about 6 months ago through Drive4Life’s (Pete’s) Driving Lessons. At first I was stressing out before each lesson and started getting nervous the night before! But after the first 4 or so lessons, I calmed down massively and I couldn’t be any happier with my end result! Pete’s way of teaching is great and it was much better than the last two instructors I went with before I found out about Drive4Life. Thanks a lot mate!
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