Taking Your First Driving Lesson

The first driving lesson can make you feel nervous as you've no idea of what to expect. It usually goes very well, however and most learners are very happy in the end. There is no reason your first lesson won't be the same.

What to take along to your first driving lesson

You don't need very much, but here's what's mandatory and recommended.

  • Bring your provisional drivers licence (Mandatory)
  • Wear comfortable, non-slip shoes (Recommended)
  • If you wear glasses, bring them (Recommended)

Preparing for your first lesson

  • Put your provisional licence in your wallet, purse or pocket the night before
  • Try to get a good nights sleep
  • Ensure you've had a good meal, such as breakfast or lunch. We recommend something light so you feel energised and not sleepy.
  • Know when and where you'll be getting picked up and be ready to go when your instructor arrives to make the most of your time

The Pick-up

Normally when you are taken out for your first lesson, you won't be driving straight away. Your instructor usually picks you up, does some explaining on how the lessons work, and talks through their plan for teaching.

The instructor will normally then take you to a quiet, safe location (which may be the street you live on) to hand over control so you learn the basics.

It's unlikely, but don't be surprised if by the end of the first lesson, you are driving on dual carriageways. Your instructor won't put you in any situation they don't think you could handle.

The Cockpit Drill

You will learn to carry this out every time you enter the car and sit in the driver's seat. This is an important part of road saftey. This covers:

  • Doors - are securely shut
  • Seat - is it comfortable?
  • Steering wheel is in the right position.
  • Seat belts on and sitting comfortably
  • Mirrors - are adjusted for you to see clearly

Moving the Car

It's time to drive. Before you start of though there are a few things your instructor will explain.

  • Gears - and how to change them
  • Clutch control and finding the biting point
  • Mirror, Signal and finding the blind spot
  • Stopping the car
  • Parking

Once you start driving, you will love it. Remember to try and relax and enjoy the first lesson - there is nothing quite like it at first.