Welcome to this series of articles that will cover learning to drive with a professional driving instructor. Driving Lessons in Derby.
Some students are naturally nervous and apprehensive when attending their first driving lesson. The main reason being that it’s a step in to the unknown because they don’t really know what to expect. The fear of driving in busy traffic, dealing with a town center or complex roundabouts is a daunting task.
First of all, we will explain the procedure for beginners or those with very little driving experience. Your Go2 Driving School instructor will come to meet you at the prearranged pick up location, this could be at your home, college, work or anywhere else you choose. Be sure you have your photo card driving licence with you as the driving lesson will not be able to take place without it. The driving instructor will then drive you to a suitable location. By suitable, I mean a very quiet location that is relatively free from traffic and parked cars.
The reason the instructor will drive and not you is to ensure you get off to the best possible start and build confidence. Occasionally, I’ve received phone calls from parents a who were surprised to find that they are paying for driving lessons only to find that their son or daughter is not driving the car immediately. This is one of the major differences when using a professional driving instructor as it would be irresponsible to allow the student to drive at this time.
One of the main reasons that driving lessons with parents often fail and end in arguments is down to starting the drive from an inappropriate location. Let’s explore this important point. When learning a new skill, the easier the task is made, the more success is likely. Depending where you live, there could be all sorts of complex driving tasks to complete and when you consider the student as has no tuition on basic moving off and stopping skills the task becomes very stressful for both parent and student.
Now we have arrived at a suitable location and in Derby (often the Cole Lane in Borrowash simply because of the fact that there is no kerbs, very wide and very straight). First the instructor will conduct an eyesight test: You must be able to read (with glasses or contact lenses, if necessary) a car number plate made after 1 September 2001 from 20 meters. Then you will swap seats so you are sitting in the driving seat. At this time, you will be asked for your driving licence so the details can be recorded. While the driving instructor is completing this task, you will be given a copy of Go2 Driving School terms and conditions. After you have read through them, any questions will be answered and you will be asked to sign two copies, one for you and one for the Driving School records.
Your instructor will go through various steps to ensure you are sitting in a comfortable driving position, the doors are firmly closed and seat belts are adjusted correctly. The basic controls of the car will now be explained that will be relevant to the current lesson.
In part two of this learning to drive series, we will cover the procedure for moving off and stopping safely.
Thank you for reading learning to drive part one by Go2 Driving School.