HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR DRIVING LESSONS
Finding out to drive can be an overwhelming experience for the very best of us so here are RED Driving School’s top pointers on how to prepare for your first driving lesson and subsequent tuition.
PRIOR TO YOUR FIRST LESSON
- Provisional licence– you will need to provide both the card and paper parts of you licence on your very first lesson. If you need to apply for a licence you can get an application from you regional post office or you can apply online at https://www.anewdriver.ie.
- If you have actually lost part of your licence you require to change this; you can do this online, by telephone or by post.
- Sponsorship– prior to beginning your lesson you will need to have a plan on how to spend for a full driving course whether this is through savings, work or household. If you do not have regular 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– guarantee you have sufficient time to devote to finding out to drive– after all it is a new skill that you are obtaining that will require regular practice in order for you to progress.
- We recommend you have one, 2 hour lesson weekly under the guidance of a professional driving trainer.
- Mindset– you need to be positive that you will find out how to have the ability however drive to make fun of yourself if you make errors, most of us do.
- Drink– avoid caffeine-based drinks such as tea and coffee prior to your driving lesson as this speeds up anxiety and you will already fidget. It goes without stating that alcohol needs to be prevented both on the day of your lesson, however also the night before.
- Clothes– make sure that your clothes on your lesson is comfortable; you will be beinged in the car for at least an hour. Make sure that you use appropriate shoes that you can feel the pedals through– no strolling boots, heels or flip flops.
- Sleep– make sure you have a good night’s sleep the night before your lesson. You want to ensure you are alert as there will be a lot to take in on your very 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 require them.
IN BETWEEN YOUR LESSONS
When your driving lesson is over the knowing does not need to stop there. To improve your knowing you could:
- Complete a student driver journal or journal– as soon as your lesson is over, complete the journal with what you have covered in the lesson, what went well and what didn’t. You can utilize this to assess the lesson and get ready for your next lesson. If you have someone to practice with in between lessons, you can utilize the journal as a guide on what needs practising.
- Theory and Risk Perception practice– use the internet and books to modify for your theory test and hazard understanding test. The faster your theory is passed the much better.
Lastly, do not forget that if you have any concerns about your lessons, your driving ability or anything else then just ask your instructor.