Top 6 Things to Consider When Learning to Drive

With more of the world opening back up following the pandemic, which continues to affect the world around us, you may finally get the chance to look at booking driving lessons in 2021. Whether you are a brand new driver or looking to pick it back up again after several years away, we have the perfect guide of tips for you!

  1. Get the Right Driving Instructor 

There are hundreds of different driving schools and driving instructors across the country so it’s important to find a driving instructor that you get on with and puts you at ease when learning to drive. If you are brand new to driving it can seem daunting and at times be stressful so you want to make sure the person teaching you is the right fit. 

After the first driving lesson with your instructor, evaluate how it went and decide if you are happy to continue learning with them. 

  1. Book In Your Theory Test ASAP 

Before you can even book your driving test, you must have a valid theory test certificate to allow you to do so. You don’t necessarily have to have started driving before you take your theory test, in fact it is better to get this out the way and pass beforehand so you have one less thing to worry about. There are many different revision apps and books you can use to prepare for this and then you can take the test at your local test centre. This means you will be ready to book 

  1. Purchasing a Car

Not everyone will be able to look at purchasing a car whilst driving and understandably so, due to the range of costs associated with the car itself as well as insurance, car servicing etc. However, if you are able to look at this option then it is definitely recommended. Being able to get in extra driving alongside your lessons is a huge benefit and will speed things along, giving you more experience and allowing you to feel more comfortable in another car. 

  1. Practice. Practice. Practice. 

Like any skill it takes lots of practice and time to perfect it – driving is no different. It may take you a few months or it may take you 6 months, sometimes even longer, to get confident before you can take your test. Spend as much time as you can practicing whether that be through lessons or in your own time. 

  1. Learn from Mistakes

Mistakes will always happen when learning a new skill or trying something for the first time, but don’t dwell on these mistakes. The key takeaway is to ensure you learn from them and aim to improve more and more each time. You may end some lessons feeling like you haven’t progressed but as long as you are putting in the same effort each time and making small improvements, come the end of it you will feel more confident. Your instructor should also be supporting you when making these mistakes and show you the correct path. 

  1. Be Prepared for the Real World 

What they say is true – most of what you learn when driving is after you have passed your test and are free to drive without an instructor! This doesn’t mean your lessons are pointless at all, you wouldn’t be able to pass the test without them, however, be aware that it is very different when driving without any assistance. When you first pass your test, be wary of everything around you and take caution wherever you can until you start to feel more confident. Make a conscious effort to be a safe driver!

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