HOW TO GET READY FOR YOUR DRIVING LESSONS
Discovering to drive can be a challenging experience for the very best of us so here are RED Driving School’s leading pointers on how to get ready for your very first driving lesson and subsequent tuition.
PRIOR TO YOUR FIRST LESSON
- Provisionary 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 local post office or you can use 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.
- Financial backing– before starting your lesson you will require to have an intend on how to spend for a full driving course whether this is through savings, work or family. If you do not have regular 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– ensure you have adequate time to commit to discovering to drive– after all it is a new skill that you are obtaining that will require regular practice in order for you to advance.
- We suggest you have one, 2 hour lesson each week under the supervision of an expert driving instructor.
- Mindset– you need to be confident that you will discover how to drive however have the ability to laugh at yourself if you make errors, the majority of us do.
- Consume– prevent caffeine-based drinks such as tea and coffee before your driving lesson as this accelerates anxiety and you will currently be nervous. 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 clothing on your lesson is comfortable; you will be sat in the car for at least an hour. Likewise ensure that you use suitable 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 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 sure you have both parts of your licence, payment for your lesson and your glasses, if you require 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 student driver journal or journal– as soon as your lesson is over, fill out the journal with what you have covered in the lesson, what worked out and what didn’t. You can use this to reflect on the lesson and prepare for your next lesson. If you have somebody to practice with in between lessons, you can utilize the journal as a guide on what requires practising.
- Theory and Risk Understanding practice– use the internet and books to modify for your theory test and threat perception test. The earlier 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 just ask your trainer.