HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR DRIVING LESSONS
Discovering to drive can be a daunting experience for the very best people so here are RED Driving School’s top pointers on how to prepare for your very first driving lesson and subsequent tuition.
BEFORE 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 obtain a licence you can get an application from you regional post office or you can use online at https://www.anewdriver.ie.
- If you have lost part of your licence you need to change this; you can do this online, by telephone or by post.
- Financial backing– prior to starting your lesson you will need to have an intend on how to pay for a complete 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 cash as it will take you longer to pass your test.
- Time– ensure you have adequate time to dedicate to finding out to drive– after all it is a new skill that you are getting that will require routine practice in order for you to progress.
- We suggest you have one, two hour lesson weekly under the supervision of a professional driving instructor.
- Attitude– you need to be positive that you will find out how to have the capability however drive to make fun of yourself if you make mistakes, most of us do.
- Drink– prevent 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 ought to be avoided both on the day of your lesson, but likewise the night before.
- Clothing– make certain that your clothes on your lesson is comfortable; you will be sat in the car for at least an hour. Make sure that you wear 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 sure 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 ensure 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 improve your learning you could:
- Complete a learner driver journal or diary– once 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 get ready for your next lesson. If you have someone to experiment in between lessons, you can use the journal as a guide on what needs practising.
- Theory and Hazard Understanding practice– use the web and books to modify for your theory test and risk perception test. The sooner your theory is passed the much better.
Lastly, do not forget that if you have any questions about your lessons, your driving ability or anything else then just ask your trainer.