What Do You Do During a Driving Lesson?
For a person who has never sat behind a wheel before, what will happen during the first driving lesson is a bit of a mystery. Some might imagine themselves helpless on a highway in a car that refuses to start, with hundreds of frustrated people honking and shouting at them, or speeding down the street in a residential area of town not being able to stop as mothers frantically push their children out of the way. As a rule, people tend to be afraid of things they know little about. However, in the case of your first driving lesson, nothing could be further from the truth. Your driving lesson will be centered around slowly getting you used to how a car works, familiarizing you with the various techniques you’ll be using to get around, and then slowly leading you out onto the road so you can finally get a taste of what driving feels like. So, if you’re nervous: don’t be. Every lesson is planned ahead of time, but can also be adjusted on the go based on how you’re adapting, so now worries.
Here is a list of a few things you will do during your first driving lesson:
- Getting in the driver’s seat
- Starting the car up
- Getting on the road
- Getting feedback
As you can see, it is a very structured process, with things happening in a logical progression.
1. Your driving instructor will arrive to pick you up at the time you agreed on. For your part, you should be ready when he/she arrives, which means you should have you corrective or contact lenses with you (if necessary) and a comfortable pair of shoes (not slip ons). If you have a mobile phone with you, this would be the time to turn it off.
2. Time to get on the driver’s seat! This is when the driving instructor explains all of the switches and knobs in the car to you, what they do and when you should be using them. He/she will also help you adjust your seat, steering wheel, mirrors and seat belts so you are comfortable and ready to drive safely.
3. Next: you will start the car up for the first time. Finally, the moment you’ve been waiting for! You get to put the key into the ignition and actually drive for the first time. You will most likely be doing a lot of basic right and left turns while all the time getting a feel for the car and what happens when you use the gas, brake, and steering wheel. You will also start learning when to turn signals. Don’t worry too much that you’re not sure what you’re doing—your driving instructor is there to make sure you don’t hit anything or damage the training car.
4. Next, it’s time to get on the big roads. You will be leaving the quiet area of town and practice what you’ve learned on bigger streets, with intersections with lights. With more cars around you, you will learn how to share the street with other drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.
5. Once you’ve finished, it’s time for feedback. The driving instructor will tell you what went well and what you should work on. Consider this as your first driving lesson tips. Remember: constructive criticism is essential to the learning process!
Above all, you should simply not be stressed, or think you are the worst driver your driving instructor has ever seen. You’re not a bad driver, you’re a student!