Learning to drive is a valuable skill that will be useful throughout your life, so here are a few suggestions to help make learning an enjoyable experience.
BEFORE YOU START
Most people study for the Theory Test whilst they are taking driving lessons for the Practical Driving Test. However, if you have spare time before you start driving in the car then why not start learning and possibly even pass the Theory Test beforehand. Knowing all the rules of the road from the start of your lessons will be an advantage!
JUST BEFORE A LESSON
Learning to drive takes a lot of concentration, so try to ensure you are well rested and have plenty of energy. Consider which time of day you feel most alert, and if possible arrange your lessons for that time. If you are taking any medication, check to make sure it doesn't affect your ability to drive - for example some hay fever and cold remedies can cause drowsiness.
WHAT TO WEAR AND BRING
Wear comfortable clothes, so you feel relaxed and your movements aren't restricted. Footwear should be lightweight and reasonably thin soled, as you need to feel the car's pedals as you drive. Shoes with open toes or large heels are not suitable and can actually be dangerous. Most lessons are 2 hours in length, so bring along a drink and maybe a snack so you stay hydrated and have energy. If it's sunny, bring sunglasses to shield your eyes from the glare of the sun.
DURING THE LESSON
Communication is very important, and we will always give plenty of feedback. However don't be afraid to ask questions yourself so that you get the most from every lesson. We aim to keep the atmosphere calm and relaxed, as this creates a good learning environment to learn effectively.
AFTER A LESSON
Once a lesson has been completed, take a moment to review what you have just achieved. It's a good idea to note down anything you will need to remember for your next lesson whilst it is still fresh in your mind.
PRACTICING WITH YOUR PARENTS
It is a great idea to practice in your own car with parents or another experienced driver, if possible. We would however only recommend this after you have mastered the basic skills of driving, as your own car won't have dual controls to help stop the car in an emergency.
The driving school's success is based on a high pass rate and word of mouth. If you enjoy your driving lessons then please tell your friends. For every person you refer that books a lesson we will give you one hour's tuition free.