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Driving Tips For Beginners

Posted on: 18-Sep-2017 14:24:11

What to expect on your first lesson

If you have never driven a car before, the prospect of your first lesson can be quite a daunting one. But you will feel less intimidated if you know what to expect. So below we have laid out a plan of a typical first lesson that an instructor might give you if you have never done any driving before.

On your first driving lesson, your instructor will drive you to an area where the roads are less busy, so you can get a feel for the car before you move on to interacting with other drivers.
Your first lesson is referred to as a "Controls" lesson. This is because the instructor will use this lesson to get you acquainted with the various controls of the vehicle - that is, the foot controls (accelerator, brake and clutch), and hand controls (handbrake, gearstick, etc) and will show you how all of these work. But first of all, you will be shown the cockpit drill.

The cockpit drill is a series of simple routine checks you will make each time you drive the vehicle. It covers your seating position, seatbelt and mirrors as well as other procedures you will need to carry out. After the cockpit drill is complete, you will then be taken through the foot and hand controls as described above.

When the instructor is satisfied that you have understood all of this, it's time to move off for the very first time. You will be briefed about correct usage of your mirrors before moving off. 

It is natural to feel nervous in this situation that you are not used to, however as your instructor carefully guides you through these initial learning stages you will notice your confidence slowly increasing. Remember that driving school vehicles are dual-controlled, which means that there are two sets of pedals - one in the driver side and one in the passenger side. This means that the instructor still has control over the vehicle at all times, so you can rest at ease and concentrate on learning and enjoying your lesson.

Of course, feel free to ask any questions if there is something you are unsure about. And before you know it, you will be on the road to driving success.

by Sam Michaels