If you’re about to embark on driving lessons for the first time, then you’ve got a lot to look forward to. It’s going to be so much fun, and at the end of it you’ll have a driving license and be able to go out on your own driving with friends. Naturally, before that you’ll have a few lessons to prepare you for the test, and of course you’ll be nervous.
The best way of preparing yourself for your first driving lessons is to arrive feeling as calm and as relaxed as you can. Yes, that’s easy to say because, as we all know, driving lessons are stressful at the best of times, but it’s simply a case of perhaps spending the 24 hours beforehand getting yourself psyched ready for your first lesson.
The first thing you should do is make sure you get a good night’s sleep, if you’re tired then your reactions are going to be slower and it could impact on your coordination skills. Don’t drink the night before, there’s nothing worse than having to try and concentrate when you have a hangover, and don’t forget, you’re going to be sitting in close proximity to your instructor, so it won’t be difficult for him or her to work out you’ve turned up with a hangover, not a great first impression!
Make sure you have a good breakfast and that you’re not hungry, it’ll help you to concentrate and focus on what you’re being told. It’s a lot to take in the first time, so you need to be feeling fresh and healthy for your start.
Comfortable Driving Shoes
Try wearing comfy shoes that don’t slip on and off, if you’re a girl, then heels might be difficult to operate the peddles and you want to wear something comfortable. If you do insist on wearing heels, take a comfy pair with you so you can change into them once you start the lesson.
Do You Need Glasses?
Then please remember to wear them, you need to be able to see clearly and driving without them may compromise your driving ability, leaving you at risk of having an accident.
The Cockpit Drill
Once you’ve been picked up by your driving instructor at a place of your choosing, you’ll be able to start, and that will probably be with what’s known as a cockpit drill. Here’s you’ll check that your seat and steering position is comfortable, the doors are closed secure, your seatbelt’s on and your mirrors are adjusted correctly.
You will learn all about controls on your first time, this will include running through what the accelerator, brake and clutch are for. You will get an opportunity to go through them again before you set off, so don’t be afraid to ask.
And Then You Drive…
once you start driving you’ll learn the basics, these will naturally include moving off, clutch control, checking your mirrors, gears and when to change, stopping, and more about brake and clutch. You’ll also learn a little about parking, and don’t forget that you can ask your instructor any questions if you’re unsure about anything. Your instructor will have his own set of controls, so if you lose control or you make mistake, the instructor can easily take over, so you have nothing to worry about.
Premier Driving Instructors in Edinburgh
Are you thinking of having driving lessons? If you are, then give us a call here at Compass Pro Drive. We have an impressive team of driving instructors in Edinburgh and throughout east-central Scotland who’ve been doing this for a while, and each one is a qualified and experienced driving instructor. Learning to drive doesn’t have to be stressful and with Compass Pro Drive behind you it won’t be, we’ll put you at your ease and help to ease those nerves.