HOW TO GET READY FOR YOUR DRIVING LESSONS

Finding out to drive can be a challenging 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.

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BEFORE YOUR FIRST LESSON

  • Provisional licence– you will require to provide both the card and paper parts of you licence on your very first lesson. If you need to request a licence you can get an application form from you local post office or you can apply online at https://www.anewdriver.ie.
  • If you have actually lost part of your licence you require to replace this; you can do this online, by telephone or by post.
  • Financial backing– before beginning your lesson you will require to have a plan on how to pay for a complete driving course whether this is through cost savings, work or household. It does not pay to have lessons and after that stop due to no cash as it will take you longer to pass your test if you do not have routine lessons.
  • Time– ensure you have sufficient time to dedicate to finding out to drive– after all it is a brand-new skill that you are getting that will need regular practice in order for you to advance.
  • We advise you have one, two hour lesson every week under the supervision of an expert driving instructor.
  • Attitude– you need to be positive that you will learn how to drive however have the capability to laugh at yourself if you make errors, most of us do.
  • Consume– avoid 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 stating that alcohol should be avoided both on the day of your lesson, however also the night prior to.
  • Clothes– make sure that your clothes on your lesson is comfortable; you will be sat in the car for at least an hour. Make sure that you use suitable shoes that you can feel the pedals through– no walking boots, heels or flip flops.
  • Sleep– make certain you have a good night’s sleep the night before your lesson. You wish 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 make certain 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 learning does not need to stop there. To boost your learning you might:

  • Submit a learner driver journal or diary– when your lesson is over, complete the journal with what you have covered in the lesson, what worked out and what didn’t. You can utilize this to reflect on the lesson and prepare for your next lesson. You can use the journal as a guide on what requires practising if you have someone to practice with between lessons.
  • Theory and Hazard Perception practice– utilize the web and books to revise for your theory test and risk perception test. The sooner your theory is passed the better.

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

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