As a leading company for road safety and driver education, The AA presents this detailed case study to equip young & new drivers with the skills and knowledge at every stage of the driver experience.
Driving is a milestone that marks freedom and independence, but with this also comes great responsibility. Understanding all aspects of driving is important, so let's get into it...
Before you start driving lessons, you must have your provisional license and have passed your Theory Test. Once you have both you are all set to start with lessons!
You must display L plates on the front and back of your car, for a minimum of 6 months. This is the minimum time required before attempting your driving test. However, the L plate must stay up until you have passed.
It is important to wear suitable clothing and footwear when beginning driving lessons,. Shoes such as flipflops/slides are not suitable. If you wear glasses, even occasionally, this is another thing to consider if you will need them for driving.
Driving lessons are essential when learning to drive, it is required to undertake at least 12 lessons with a driving instructor of your choice before sitting your test. Of course, everyone is different, and you may need more than 12 lessons and that is perfectly normal!
If you ever find yourself in a situation where you do not understand your driving instructor, do not hesitate to ask them to repeat themselves.
Understanding the Road Rules & Safety
As a new driver, it is important you understand the rules that are in place to keep us safe on the road. You will pick these up as you go, but to get a head start, we have outlined some of the key points for you below.
A key factor to consider when you are learning to drive is that you are properly supervised! The person supervising you must have held a full licence (not Provisional) for at least 2 years. They also must have a licence relevant to the car you are driving. (e.g., they must have a manual licence if you’re learning in a manual car.)
It is also important to make yourself aware of the various road signs, lane markings, and their meanings. Studying for your theory test will help with this.
Navigating challenging Driving Scenarios
We understand that driving is a different experience each time you head out in the car, whether it’s the time of day or the weather at the time. Here are a few things to consider when driving in a diverse scenario.
Driving at Night
Any new driving experience can be daunting, especially driving in the dark. However, with the correct guidance and support, it can be an enjoyable and manageable experience. Visibility is the main area to consider, ensure all vehicle lights are working and you know how to turn them on (including headlights, taillights, and high beam).
Another challenging driving experience can be diverse weather, such as rain, hail, and snow. Here are some top tips to take into consideration.
• Driving in the rain – Slow down, use windshield wipers and headlights.
• Driving in snow/ice – Brake gently, avoid sudden movements and use winter tires if possible.
• Driving in Hot weather – Make sure to stay hydrated, use air conditioning and check tire pressure regularly.
• Driving in fog – Reduce your speed, use low beams, and maintain a safe following distance.
Helpful Apps for Learning to Drive
Here are some apps and that will be useful during your driver experience
AA Expert Advice
By providing essential insights, tips, and practical advice, we aim to empower you as a young driver allowing you to strive to be the best driver you can be. Giving you the knowledge, skills, and confidence that is needed to excel through the process with ease. As you embark on this new journey, consider securing your experience with car insurance from The AA.
For more information on car insurance, take a look at this blog, explaining in detail car insurance for first time drivers.