HOW TO GET READY FOR YOUR DRIVING LESSONS

Learning to drive can be a complicated 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

  • Provisional licence– you will need to provide both the card and paper parts of you licence on your first lesson. If you require to look for a licence you can pick up an application form from you local post office or you can use online at https://www.anewdriver.ie.
  • By telephone or by post if you have lost part of your licence you require to change this; you can do this online.
  • Financial backing– prior to beginning your lesson you will need to have a plan 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 commit to learning to drive– after all it is a new ability that you are getting that will require routine practice in order for you to progress.
  • We suggest you have one, 2 hour lesson every week under the supervision of a professional driving instructor.
  • Attitude– you require to be positive that you will find out how to have the capability however drive to make fun of yourself if you make errors, the majority of us do.
  • Drink– prevent caffeine-based drinks such as tea and coffee before your driving lesson as this accelerates stress and anxiety and you will already be nervous. It goes without saying that alcohol must be avoided both on the day of your lesson, but also the night before.
  • Clothes– ensure that your clothes on your lesson is comfortable; you will be sat in the car for at least an hour. Likewise make sure that you use appropriate shoes that you can feel the pedals through– no walking boots, heels or flip flops.
  • Sleep– ensure you have a good night’s sleep the night before your lesson. You want to make certain you are alert as there will be a lot to take in on your first lesson.
  • Be prepared– on the day of your lesson make sure you have both parts of your licence, payment for your lesson and your glasses, if you need them.

IN BETWEEN YOUR LESSONS

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

  • Submit a student driver journal or diary– as soon as your lesson is over, complete the journal with what you have actually covered in the lesson, what worked out and what didn’t. You can use this to assess the lesson and prepare for your next lesson. If you have someone to practice with between lessons, you can use the journal as a guide on what requires practising.
  • Theory and Danger Understanding practice– use the internet and books to revise for your theory test and hazard understanding test. The quicker your theory is passed the much better.

Do not forget that if you have any questions about your lessons, your driving ability or anything else then simply ask your instructor.

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