Your First Few Driving Lessons — Tips and Info
So now it’s here, the day you’ve been waiting for so long: the day you’ll learn to drive! You’re more than excited to sit next to your instructor behind the wheel of a real car and finally find out exactly what all of those gear leavers, pedals, switches and knobs actually do. The idea that you and you alone will be in full control of everything that happens in that car is a bit daunting, but it is also so very exciting. Indeed, your first few driving lessons will be a time full of excitement over doing something new, pride at having taken step after step in the right direction, and perhaps a bit of frustration and impatience—cars are, after all, large pieces of machinery it takes practice to learn to operate properly.
Here are tips for your first few driving lessons you may find useful:
- Dress comfortably
- Make sure any medicines you maybe taking don’t affect your concentration
- Make sure you’re learning at the right times
- Don’t worry about making mistakes
- Enjoy the learning process
Paying heed to these small pieces of advice is sure to make the learning process smoother for you.
1. Dressing right for certain occasions makes everything in life easier. You wouldn’t go a job interview in sweatpants, would you? The same goes for your driving lessons—certain items of clothing, such as skin tight jeans or a really thick coat, will impede your progress by decreasing your mobility. The most important item of clothing to get right when learning to drive are your shoes. Avoid any and all high heels, as they will make it much more difficult for you to operate the pedals. Trainers with thin soles could be a good choice, as you will be able to feel the car through them.
2. Check the labels of any medicine you take. All kinds of medicine can cause drowsiness or a partial loss of concentration, from cold remedies to anti-depressants, so make sure any pills you may be taking do not have that effect on you, as that could not only slow down the learning process, but also create potentially dangerous situations on the road.
3. Think about when your concentration tends to be best, and schedule your driving lessons then. Mornings tend to best for a lot of people, but there are exceptions, so make sure to take that into account before making an appointment with your driving teacher in order to get as much as you can out of every lesson.
4. It can be stressful to know someone is watching you all the time, but it is also vital to your progress. You may feel a little self-conscious at first, but it is the instructor’s job to help put you at ease as well as point out things you may be doing wrong in a tactful and informative manner so as to help you become a better driver. Also, you should remember that making mistakes is a natural part of the learning process, and nothing to be embarrassed of.
5. People learn more effectively when they’re enjoying themselves. So don’t think of your driving lessons as you might think of a painful dental procedure, gritting your teeth and waiting till it’s all over. Learn to laugh at your mistakes and you’ll find the driving lessons automatically become a lot less stressful.