You will need plenty of support from your family, friends and driving instructor. To help calm your nerves and give you a leg up on your driving lessons we have put together our 10 essential tips for learning to drive.
1. Get to know the car you’re learning to drive in
Getting to know every button, pedal, icon, and symbol in your car before heading out on the road is essential. Knowingwhat your dashboard warning lights mean, or how to use the windshield wipers, will help you react quickly to any changing road conditions. Being confident in your car will keep you calm and collected, and ultimately make you a more competent driver.
2. Always wear your seatbelt
This is automatic for most entering a car but it’s worth reminding yourself, that a part of being a good driver is being responsible. Wearing your seatbelt will protect you and those who are travelling with you. Don’t be afraid to ask anyone else in the car to put their seatbelt on.
3. Practice your routes and stick to familiar areas
Give yourself a head start, have a family member or friend drive you as a passenger around your lessons and test routes. This can help give you a leg up on what to expect, in terms of the speed limits, and what each stop sign means. If you come prepared you will be bound to have a successful lesson. Sticking to quiet and familiar routes can also help you ease out anything you are struggling with.
4. Keep your theory test revision material
Keeping this information handy can help you when it comes to your driving test. On the day your examiner can ask several questions related to the rules of the road. After all your hard work, time and preparation you don’t want to fail on something you have already covered. So, make sure you revise the material you used to prepare for your theory test.
5. Get used to using your handbrake
Using your handbrake is an essential safety measure for driving. It keeps your car in place and prevents you from rolling backwards when moving off. Sometimes it takes an extra bit of effort to get into the habit of using it with ease.
Make sure it becomes a part of your driving habits. You will be tested on your use of this in the driving exam.