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!
If you would like to take your driving lessons with us, or you would just like a quote of our prices, then please don’t hesitate to get into contact with us and a member of our friendly team will be in touch with you shortly regarding our next steps.
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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If you’re looking for Driving Schools in the Widnes area, then look no further, here at Drive4Life we are known as the best driving school in the Widnes area and we have hundreds of happy students who have passed their test through our driving school. Below are what a few of our learners have said about our Driving Schools in Widnes:
Chloe Hootan, Cheshire: I recently passed my driving exam through Pete’s lessons at Drive4Life’s Driving School and they couldn’t have gone any better! I stalled the car a fair few times on my first couple of lessons, but after that little problem got out of the way I had no problems at all. I ended up sitting there revising for a few hours a day to pass my theory and I got that out of the way on the first go too! I then took my practical exam after Pete was telling me that I was more than ready (I was just too nervous), but I ended up passing the exam first time around, I just made sure I blocked out my nerves whilst driving! Thanks a lot Pete!!
Amy Wilson, Widnes: I had never been behind a wheel before in my life before starting my lessons with Pete, but during the first lesson he knew already that I was a total newbie to driving, He reassured me that I’ll keep getting better and that I’m doing okay, with his advice and helpful tips I ended up passing my driving test first time and it only took me around 6 months to do so! Thanks a lot, I was expecting to have to re-sit my exam a couple of times before passing, I never imagined that I would pass first time. 10/10 service!
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If you’re looking for Driving Schools Cheshire then look no further, here at Drive4Life we are known for being the best Driving School in the Cheshire area. If you’re looking to start learning to drive, but you don’t know where to go for your lessons, then look no further! Our Driving Lessons in Cheshire are second to none and our instructor is very experienced on the roads and with teaching new drivers. Anybody can take our lessons, from people who’ve never even been in the driver’s seat before, to people who have had a few lessons but need a refresher before taking their test. We patiently teach our pupils to be safe and confident on all types of roads. You will learn to drive to a level higher than required to pass your test, which is why we have such a high first time pass rate. Don’t believe us? Here’s what a few of our first time passers thought about our lessons:
Chloe Smith, Cheshire: I recently passed my driving exam through Pete’s lessons at Drive4Life and they couldn’t have gone any better! I stalled the car a fair few times on my first couple of lessons, but after that little problem got out of the way I had no problems at all. I ended up sitting there revising for a few hours a day to pass my theory and I got that out of the way on the first go too! I then took my practical exam after Pete was telling me that I was more than ready (I was just too nervous), but I ended up passing the exam first time around, I just made sure I blocked out my nerves whilst driving! Thanks a lot Pete!!
Dave Warton, Cheshire: I had one or two lessons when I first turned 18, but that was 4 years ago. I decided to finish off learning to drive and was given Pete’s number from a friend who also did their lessons with him. I passed first time around and I couldn’t have done it without the advice and guidance that Pete gave me, thanks a lot mate!
If you would like some more information on our Driving Schools, or you would just like a few tips on what to expect on your first lesson, then please don’t hesitate to get into contact with us today and a member of our friendly team will be in touch with you shortly regarding and answers to questions you have or how to advance to the next steps and to finally get you behind the wheel.