Tyger’s Diary: 6 Do’s and 5 Don’ts of your first driving lesson
You'll be a little bit nervous on the day of your first driving lessons but fear not - your instructor's got your back.
Follow our top tips and your first lesson will be a breeze.
Get your provisional licence
Make sure you've applied for your provisional licence and received it in the post as you won't be able to take your first lesson without one.
Know your body clock
Some of us are morning people, others are night owls, it's part of what makes us unique. Book your lessons for the time of day when you feel freshest and you'll learn so much better.
Choose the right shoes
Go for comfortable shoes, with a firm sole, but not too thick so you can feel the car feedback. And ladies, yes that means no heels.
Get the most out of every single minute with your instructor and ask them all those niggling little questions. Guaranteed you will not be the first person to have asked.
Ask for a progress log
It's good practice to make sure that your instructor gives you a progress log. It should be completed after each lesson and record your development towards the required standards of driving.
Schedule some down time
After your lesson you might be buzzing, you might be exhausted - everyone responds differently. Either way give yourself some down time after your lesson to have a rest and refresh yourself.
Your instructor has nothing to gain from putting you, them, or anyone else in danger. They will look after you the whole way. Dual controls are a blessing!
Forget your glasses
Before your first lesson your driving instructor will check your eyesight by asking you to read the number plate of a car parked around 20 meters away. So if you need glasses or contact lenses make sure you're wearing them.
Head straight for the driving seat
You'll probably start learning to drive in a secluded road, free from traffic which is unlikely to be where you get picked up from. It's normal for your instructor to drive you to these spots for the first few lessons.
Worry about mistakes
This is probably the first time you've driven so you're not going to get things right first time. In fact, further down the road a good instructor will make you stall the car so you know what it feels like and show how to re-start the car too.
Pretend you know everything
This tactic will only backfire on you - if you don't know what a bite point is, how are you going to find it?