HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR DRIVING LESSONS

Finding out to drive can be a challenging experience for the very best people so here are RED Driving School’s leading suggestions on how to get ready for your first driving lesson and subsequent tuition.

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BEFORE YOUR FIRST LESSON

  • Provisionary licence– you will require to present both the card and paper parts of you licence on your very first lesson. If you need to get a licence you can pick up an application form from you local post office or you can use online at https://www.anewdriver.ie.
  • If you have lost part of your licence you need to replace this; you can do this online, by telephone or by post.
  • Sponsorship– before starting your lesson you will require to have an intend on how to spend for a complete driving course whether this is through cost savings, work or family. If you do not have routine lessons, it does not pay to have lessons and then stop due to no cash as it will take you longer to pass your test.
  • Time– ensure you have sufficient time to devote to discovering to drive– after all it is a new skill that you are obtaining that will require routine practice in order for you to progress.
  • We recommend you have one, 2 hour lesson weekly under the supervision of an expert driving trainer.
  • Attitude– you require to be confident that you will learn how to drive but have the capability to laugh at yourself if you make mistakes, most of us do.
  • Consume– avoid caffeine-based drinks such as tea and coffee before your driving lesson as this accelerates anxiety and you will already fidget. It goes without stating that alcohol needs to be prevented both on the day of your lesson, but likewise the night before.
  • Clothes– make sure that your clothing on your lesson is comfortable; you will be sat in the car for at least an hour. Make sure that you wear appropriate shoes that you can feel the pedals through– no walking boots, heels or flip flops.
  • Sleep– make sure you have a good night’s sleep the night before your lesson. You wish to make sure you look out as there will be a lot to take in on your very first lesson.
  • Be prepared– on the day of your lesson ensure you have both parts of your licence, payment for your lesson and your glasses, if you need them.

BETWEEN YOUR LESSONS

When your driving lesson is over the learning does not need to stop there. To enhance your learning you might:

  • Submit a learner driver journal or diary– once your lesson is over, fill out the journal with what you have covered in the lesson, what went well and what didn’t. You can use this to assess the lesson and get ready for your next lesson. You can use the journal as a guide on what requires practising if you have somebody to practice with in between lessons.
  • Theory and Threat Perception practice– utilize the internet and books to revise for your theory test and risk understanding test. The sooner your theory is passed the better.

Do not forget that if you have any concerns about your lessons, your driving ability or anything else then just ask your trainer.

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