Here at Drive4Life we are known to offer the Number One Driving Lessons in Selby, we have an extensive track record of first pass rates and standard pass rates (over 80% pass first time). Whether you want to take your time learning to drive, or you are in dire need of learning for work or pleasure, one thing can be sure when you take your lessons with us and that is, that taking your test will be a breeze. Our instructors will know when you are ready and will raise the confidence in you, so that you pass with flying colours. With a high first time pass rate, Drive4Life clearly have the knowledge and commitment to create such a high level of success for our learners in the Selby areas.
Drive4Life are approved by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) and strive to have you on the road, a competent and confident driver. Learning to drive is exciting however, for some the prospect of driving on a road in rush hour can be daunting and nerve-wrecking. Under expert tuition and with a friendly and patient manner, those nerves will slowly melt away and you will question why you felt nervous in the first place.
Here at Drive4Life, we pride ourselves on providing a first rate driving experience from the minute you enter the car nervously shaking, to the second you leave with a beaming confident smile and pass certificate. If you would like to know more about our Number One Driving Lessons in Selby, or you would like some information on the other services that we provide, 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.
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.
If you’re looking for Driving Lessons in the Cheshire area, then look no further, here at Drive4Life we are known as the best driving school in the Cheshire area and we have hundreds of happy students who have passed their test through our driving school. Below is what just one of our learners have said about our Driving Lessons in Cheshire
Thomas Smith: 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 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!
If you would like some more information on our Driving Lessons in Cheshire, or you would like a list of prices of our lessons, 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!
Here at Drive4Life (also known as Defensive Driving Limited) we are renowned as the number one driving school in the Cheshire area. Our Driving Lessons in Chester are second to none and with our expertise and knowledge to pass onto our learners, you can be sure that you’ll pass in no time at all! We usually spend a little longer covering the basics, but this is so that when they are fully out on the roads (around halfway through their lessons) they already know how to do most things!
Firstly we teach learners where everything is inside the vehicle and how to work things such as wipers, lights, steering wheel position, seat position, headrest position, wing mirrors, rear mirror, etc. Once the learner feels comfortable with these and understands the theory of finding the bite and pulling off, then it’s time for them to do it themselves. The first lesson is usually 2 hours and mostly covers this. Secondly we cover moving up in gears and braking, once the learner can move up in gears, we teach them to do it quicker so that they already seem like they have been driving for a long time and it’s not just their second lesson!
Next we teach coming down in gears, this is when you brake in 3rd/4th and you need to go down in gear so that you’re not fighting against the gear when driving. This is done because it will already give the learner the skill to slow down for bends, cars pulling out and other obstacles they will be facing on the roads. The next step is left hand turns, because the learner can already move up in gears, move down in gears and brake nicely, turning isn’t the hardest thing in the world for them! Once they’ve mastered left hand turns, it’s time for entering & exiting junctions by turning into them on the left hand side, this is just to boost confidence in left turns and to get them ready for the roads. Right hand turns come after this, along with exiting and entering junctions from the right.
Once these are done, the learner will feel more comfortable on the roads and will be able to progress smoothly. We usually add little extras into the basics, like we will usually teach a learner something in the simplest way possible, then add little extras into it each time they repeat it. This is because we can add the next steps of learning into what they’re already doing, mostly so they won’t panic when told to do something new, as they already know how to do half of it. When learning with us we don’t teach you to be a learner, because what’s the point in that?! We teach you to become a proper driver and people will think you’ve been driving for 10 years or so and not just a couple of months!
If you would like to know more about our Driving Lessons in Chester, or you would like to find out some more information from ourselves, then please don’t hesitate to contact us today and a member of our friendly team will be in touch with you shortly! Alternatively if you would like to see what some of our past students have said about our Driving School in Chester, then please click here
Here at Drive 4 Life, we are often asked by our students about some tips for when learning to Drive. Over the weekend we have summed up the top 10 tips for learning to drive (in our opinion) and these tips should help you pass your test a lot quicker, if you keep them in mind during lessons. Below are the Top 10 Tips for Learning to Drive:
- Don’t plan for the test, plan for life!
We believe that you should focus on the importance of learning skills for life, not just learning skills to pass a test. We make sure that we teach our students safe driving skills which they’ll use forever, and ask them if they would feel safe driving with a small child in the back. If the answer is yes, then they are ready for life post-test.
- Practise with the music on
We believe that learning with real life situations is the best way to master this skill and who doesn’t have their music blasting when cruising along on the roads? The majority of learners won’t be listening to music during their driving lessons, but practising with the radio on can be a great way to prepare learners for going it alone on the road.
- Don’t dwell on your mistakes
You shouldn’t dwell on your mistakes, you can’t change them, and there’s no guarantee that your mistake has resulted in a fail. We always tell our learners to concentrate on what they’re seeing ahead of them at that very moment instead of looking back at what’s already happened. There’s no point in dwelling in the past after all.
- Think about footwear
Your shoes might not be the first thing you think of when you start learning to drive, but wearing the wrong footwear while driving can not only make it harder, but it can also be dangerous. Learners should wear something with a flat but thin sole, because you want to be able to be able to feel the car respond to what you’re doing. Females should avoid heels and other difficult to walk in shoes, if you can’t walk in them properly, you can’t drive in them properly!
- Know your routines
You’re likely to hear lots of strange new terms while you’re learning to drive, and it’s very important that you get to know what they all mean. The MSPSL routine, for example, is the Mirror, Signal, Position, Speed, Look routine which all drivers should go through every time they’re on the road. Learn your routines and make sure you’re using them every time you drive.
- Get your gear changes right
There’s nothing worse than a clunky gear change, so we teach how to find the correct palm position to all of our pupils. We tell our pupils to face their palm towards the passenger when changing into 1st or 2nd gear, and towards themselves when changing into 3rd and 4th. This is because taking a moment to position your palm will achieve an unrushed, smooth gear change which will always put you in the correct gear.
- Think about how you learn best
As every learner is different, it’s important that you know which learning style and teaching technique works best for you. Are you a practical learner or do you learn best through reading and listening?
- Forget about the examiner
Having a driving examiner next to you can understandably make you nervous, but we suggest that you should just pretend that you’re just taking someone out for a drive. You’d want to give your passenger as smooth a ride as possible, just like you do with the examiner.
- The learning doesn’t end once you’ve passed
It’s important to keep in touch with your instructor even after you’ve passed your driving test. Having lessons for post-test skills like motorway driving, night time driving and driving in snow can all be crucial for a lifetime of safe driving.
- Break up your learning
Learning to drive can be broken up into small pieces. You will never be able to pick it all up at once, but learning new skills every lesson will allow you to build up safe driving skills which you’ll use for the rest of your driving life.
If you are interested in choosing us for your Driving Lessons, or you would like some more information on our service, or a full list of 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. Remember to keep these tips somewhere safe so that you can go back to them when you need to!