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!