HOW TO GET READY FOR YOUR DRIVING LESSONS
Discovering to drive can be a difficult experience for the very best of us so here are RED Driving School’s top ideas on how to prepare for your first driving lesson and subsequent tuition.
PRIOR TO YOUR FIRST LESSON
- Provisional licence– you will require to provide both the card and paper parts of you licence on your first lesson. , if you require to use for a licence you can pick up an application form from you local post office or you can apply online at https://www.anewdriver.ie.
- If you have lost part of your licence you require to change this; you can do this online, by telephone or by post.
- Sponsorship– before beginning your lesson you will need to have a plan on how to pay 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 money as it will take you longer to pass your test.
- Time– guarantee you have sufficient time to commit to learning to drive– after all it is a brand-new ability that you are obtaining that will require regular practice in order for you to progress.
- We advise you have one, two hour lesson weekly under the supervision of a professional driving instructor.
- Mindset– you need to be confident that you will discover how to drive but have the ability to laugh at yourself if you make errors, the majority of us do.
- Drink– prevent caffeine-based beverages such as tea and coffee prior to your driving lesson as this speeds up stress and anxiety and you will already fidget. It goes without saying that alcohol should be avoided 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 beinged in the car for at least an hour. Make sure that you wear ideal 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 prior to your lesson. You want to ensure you look out as there will be a lot to take in on your 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 knowing does not have to stop there. To improve your learning you could:
- Complete a learner driver journal or diary– as soon as your lesson is over, complete the journal with what you have covered in the lesson, what worked out and what didn’t. You can use this to review the lesson and prepare for your next lesson. You can use the journal as a guide on what needs practising if you have somebody to practice with in between lessons.
- Theory and Threat Perception practice– use the web and books to modify for your theory test and risk understanding test. The earlier your theory is passed the much better.
Finally, do not forget that if you have any questions about your lessons, your driving ability or anything else then just ask your instructor.