One of the most exciting and important things anyone can do today is learn to drive. We live in a fast-paced, socially mobile society where having your own transport and being able to drive anywhere at the drop of a hat is the norm.
Learning to drive can be a little daunting at first so if you are thinking of booking your first lesson it’s quite understandable that you may feel nervous. This is no bad thing, in fact overconfidence can sometimes stop you from taking in all the crucial information that you need such as how to drive according to the correct standards issued by the DVLA. So for those feeling a little apprehensive about learning to drive let’s discuss what you can expect when you first get behind the wheel.
Before You Begin
You must be legally able to drive so you will need to produce your provisional driving license (you can apply for one of these online at www.gov.uk or by obtaining a form from a post office). Once your instructor has seen your license he or she will then drive you to a quiet spot where you can familiarise yourself with the controls of the car.
The Cockpit Drill
The cockpit drill is for those who have never driven before and basically involves showing you, with you in the driving seat, the dashboard instruments and controls, the mirrors, gear lever, handbrake, pedals and so on. This can take up to 30 minutes but less if you are already familiar with how a car works. Quick learners or those with prior knowledge could possibly expect to be doing manoeuvres like parallel parking and emergency stops before the end of the lesson.
Advantages of Using a Professional Instructor
All professional driving schools have cars with dual controls. This means that they can safely and quickly take control of the vehicle if something goes wrong. But don’t worry because in the early stages of you learning to drive, and throughout the whole process, an experienced instructor can help you to calm your nerves and expertly – and safely – steer you through your lessons at your own pace and on quieter streets for as long as necessary. They will recognise when you are ready to progress to each stage and, remember, there is no time limit on this.
And You’re Off!
Once the instructor is confident that you understand and feel comfortable using the controls he or she will instruct you to move off. On a first lesson any initial driving will usually be done on very quiet roads while you build up your confidence and expertise. It’s here that you’ll be taught what you need to check before moving off – mirror, signal, manoeuvre etc. – and how to safely turn into and move along with traffic. You’ll be taught how to bring the vehicle to a halt safely and how to park safely. As your lessons progress you’ll find everything falling into place and your confidence as a driver will grow.
Learning to drive should be an enjoyable experience and a good relationship with your instructor will help enormously. Always tell them if you don’t understand something or if you feel nervous. They are there to help and an experienced, calm and understanding instructor can guide you through the process from beginning to end.
If you’re ready for a driving lesson in Macclesfield why not take the plunge, find a driving instructor that really know their stuff, and take that first step along the road to passing your driving test.