Learning how to drive is a big milestone in one’s life. However, getting behind the wheels for the first time can be either an exciting or nerve-wracking experience. Everyone has a different first-time driving experience and if you prepare properly for it, you might find this experience enjoyable. Driving lessons do not come cheap these days, so, you want to make sure you get the most out of your money. Here, we’ve put together 5 ways to help your prepare for your first driving lesson.
1. Be well-rested and alert
A goodnight’s sleep before your driving lesson is very important. Being well-rested is proven to help you stay alert, focused, and energetic. Avoid drinking the night before your first driving lesson- you need to be sober and fully alert. Eat a healthy breakfast and stay hydrated all day.
2. Provisional license and insurance
This may seem like a no-brainer, but many people do not remember to apply for their provisional license when they turn 16. So, before booking your first driving lesson, make sure you have your provisional license ready and present this to your driving instructor so they know that you’re legal to be behind the wheels. Also, remember to do this well in advance before your driving lesson. If you’re learning with your own vehicle, you will need a learner driver insurance before you start driving but if you’re taking driving lessons with a qualified driving instructor, you won’t need insurance.
3. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes
Make sure you wear clothes that allow you to move your legs and arms freely when driving. Also, make sure that your shoes are comfortable- without thick soles or high heels, so you can easily move the pedal with your foot. Applying breaks and maintaining a speed is easier when you wear shoes that allow easy foot movement.
4. The cockpit drill
Time to get hands-on! Your driving instructor will switch seats with you when you arrive at a low-traffic road. You will be introduced to the cockpit drill (also known as the DSSSM routine) by your instructor. The cockpit drill is usually the first thing you will learn about driving. These are compulsory checks you must observe before you start driving. The following are the cockpit drill:
- Doors: Check that the doors are locked and secure
- Seat: Check and adjust your seat so that you can easily reach the controls.
- Steering position: Check that the steering wheel is properly positioned.
- Seatbelt: Make sure you and your passenger have your seat belt on- for safety reasons
- Mirrors: Make sure your mirrors are properly positioned to minimize your blind spots.
Don’t panic if you forget anything, for example- the cockpit drills, after your first lesson, after the first few lessons, you’ll find yourself doing these checks instinctively.
5. Keep calm
Remember, your driving instructor is there to help you, so don’t be scared to ask questions if you’re unsure about anything or want to know more about something. Just like other newbies, your driving instructor won’t expect you to know much since it’s your fi Remember, that no one is perfect, everyone that drives properly now had to learn it some way or the other.
- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.