So, you’re thinking about having driving lessons. How are you going to choose your driving instructor? Ask your friends? Look at some driving school websites? And then what? Maybe compare prices? What else is there? Aren’t all driving lessons the same?
Remember, the most important thing about a driving lesson is that you know more at the end of one than you did at the start!
And before you even book your first lesson make sure you have applied for and received your provisional licence, you can apply for it here.
Driving Lessons Price
A driving instructor offering cheap driving lessons might have to look to cut costs to earn a living. So, if you opt for cheap lessons you might find yourself sitting at the side of the road with the engine off (saving fuel) for long periods, being talked at.
Is that the best way to learn a practical skill like driving?
If you end up needing more lessons to learn to drive then even if the lessons are cheap, you could end up paying more overall. So cheap lessons could be a false economy.
Driving Lessons Length
I suppose the traditional way to take driving lessons is to have an hour a week until you pass the driving test.
There’s a bit at the start where you might chat about what you did last time and what you’d like to do today. Then you’ll drive to a suitable area. That’s the bread.
Then there’s the doing stuff and learning. That’s the filling.
Then, at the end, you’ll have a chat about what you learnt and maybe what you might do next time. Then it’s the drive back home. That’s the other bread!
With a 1 hour lesson the bread might take up a third of the sandwich! On a 2 hour lesson you’d have the same amount of bread as a 1 hour lesson but a whole hour extra filling!
In other words, 2 hour lessons are generally much better value than 1 hour lessons. You’d probably pass your driving test quicker if you took a 2 hour lesson every two weeks rather than a 1 hour lesson every week. And it would be cheaper too.
Manual v Automatic
Should you learn in a car with a manual gearbox or an automatic gearbox?
It is easier and quicker to learn drive a car with an automatic gearbox as you don’t have to learn how to use the clutch and gears. Of course, the downside is that if you pass in a automatic your licence only allows you to drive automatics. While this isn’t a problem for some people, it is for many. You’ll have less choice of cars when you look to buy one, and they may be more expensive. Your job may require you to have a manual licence. You might be sharing a car with someone in your family or your partner who drives a manual.
As everyone moves towards electric cars this will become less and less relevant (as electric cars don’t have gearboxes), but they’re not mainstream yet, and won’t be for a few years.
Your First Driving Lesson
The day of your first driving lesson arrives…nervous…excited?…perhaps a bit of both! You might have been watching what your parents and friends are doing with their hands and feet for the last few weeks. Asking them questions. You might have been peeping out of the window for the 30 minutes before the appointed driving lesson time, checking to see if the driving school car has pulled up yet. Being a bit nervous and excited is quite normal, your driving instructor should be used to it and will try to put you at ease.
Probably a bit of paperwork first. Then a bit of a chat about any previous experience; what you want to do on this lesson; when you want to pass by; the theory test; or many other possibilities. Ask questions! You instructor will then probably drive to a suitable area and then you’ll swap seats.
From here things can vary a lot between instructors.
Many will talk at you for 30 minutes or longer, explaining what each and every control does; how to shut a door; put on a seat-belt; what the accelerator pedal does, and many other things! Some of these things you’ll already know and some you won’t. But you’ll get told about them either way!
Some will simply ask you what you think need to know. If that’s “everything”, then they’ll tell you everything. But if you already know what brakes (for example) do, then they won’t waste your time telling you.
Your First Driving Lesson With Owl Driving School
Part of my guarantee to you is that I’ll have you driving in 10 minutes (though I’ll also tell you anything you need to know first!)
The first time you move the car…well it’s a bit weird moving almost a tonne of metal with your feet! Don’t worry about making a mistake or getting things wrong. If you were a perfect driver already then you wouldn’t need lessons! Besides, in these early stages it’s really the instructor’s job to keep everyone safe. That’s why we have dual controls. A big part of a instructor’s job is to ensure you’re in a suitable area where you can make mistakes safely, and learn from them (without killing too many people!)
Just like everybody else! Everyone learns differently, at different speeds, doing things in different orders, picking some things up straight away and having more difficulties with others. A really good driving lesson will be individually designed to help you learn what you want and need to learn on that lesson.
Oh, and one piece of advice whether it’s your first lesson or your hundredth: ask questions!
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