5 things you should know before taking driving lessons
Learning to drive can be daunting. It is one of the biggest responsibilities you can take on in the early stages of your adult life, so it’s understandable that you might be nervous! So, here are 10 pieces of information that you should know that will help you pass you test and calm your nerves.
1. It’s Okay To Fail
Many peoples biggest concern when learning to drive is that they will fail their test. However, failing to learn to drive is common amongst learner drivers and not the big deal you may think it is! Did you know that the pass rate in the UK is around 45.5% (BBC). That means that 54.5 % of learner drivers fail their first test. It is estimated that by a 5th attempt 958 out of 1000 learners will pass So keep going!
2. Start learning before your paid lessons start!
Don’t wait until your in the car with your instructor to start learning about how to drive. Next time you’re in the car with your Mum and Dad, don’t just stare out the window and daydream, focus your attention to what they are doing or what’s happening on the road. This will not only help you learn various techniques or what to do in certain scenarios but also will help you become more familiar with driving. Another option is searching for tips on Youtube. Seeing people driving in person or on the screen will help you become more comfortable and ready for when you’re in the driving seat for the first time.
3. Find the right instructor
As previously mentioned, learning to drive can be a daunting process, so finding an instructor who suits your needs should be a priority. Look at customer reviews, prices being offered, if they speak a language your more comfortable with or even what car they drive. Looking at all these factors and various more will help you narrow down drivers that suit your needs. GoRoadie helps you find the right driving instructor.
4. Think about where you're going to be taking you test
Speak to your driving instructor and find out what locations and routes they will be using in the test. After finding out where it is, get a lift down or go for a walk and scout it out! Being more familiar with the first streets you’ll be driving down will help you be more comfortable from the get-go and being more relaxed will help you get the hang of it quicker.
Our learner guide has a full city guide to help you learn in each location.
5. Take a lesson the day of your driving test
If possible, try and organise a lesson before your actual test. Not only will having a practice run before-hand help reduce your nerves but it’s also a great opportunity to get any last-minute advice from your driving instructor.