HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR DRIVING LESSONS

Finding out to drive can be a daunting experience for the very best of us so here are RED Driving School’s top pointers on how to prepare for your very first driving lesson and subsequent tuition.

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BEFORE YOUR FIRST LESSON

  • Provisionary licence– you will need 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 select up an application type from you regional post workplace or you can apply 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.
  • Financial backing– prior to 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 cash as it will take you longer to pass your test.
  • Time– guarantee you have sufficient time to dedicate to learning to drive– after all it is a brand-new skill that you are acquiring that will require routine practice in order for you to advance.
  • We advise you have one, two hour lesson every week under the guidance of an expert driving trainer.
  • Attitude– you need to be positive that you will find out how to drive but have the ability to laugh at yourself if you make mistakes, most of us do.
  • Consume– avoid caffeine-based beverages such as tea and coffee prior to your driving lesson as this accelerates 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.
  • Clothing– make sure that your clothing on your lesson is comfortable; you will be sat in the car for a minimum of an hour. Make sure that you wear appropriate shoes that you can feel the pedals through– no strolling boots, heels or flip flops.
  • Sleep– ensure you have a good night’s sleep the night before your lesson. You wish to make certain 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 certain 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 need to stop there. To enhance your knowing you might:

  • Fill out a student driver journal or journal– once your lesson is over, submit the journal with what you have actually covered in the lesson, what worked out and what didn’t. You can utilize this to assess the lesson and prepare for your next lesson. You can use the journal as a guide on what needs practising if you have someone to practice with in between lessons.
  • Theory and Risk Understanding practice– utilize the internet and books to modify for your theory test and threat perception test. The faster your theory is passed the much better.

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

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