i've had 6 lessons and so far only done left turns, right turns, gear change, one traffic light - i want to go faster!!!! driving home next lesson with roundabouts and crossroads...so scared any advice help!
^ lessons - are they an hour long or two? I've had 3 two-hour long lessons and drove home on my first one - I swear my instructor has no fear!
That's not bad for 6 lessons though - that's pretty much the basics as they like to concentrate on gear changing it seems before getting into anything too complicated (I'm scared of reversing, A roads and parking!).
But yeah, I've done quite a few junctions and roundabouts and they're really nothing to worry about - just take your time and think ahead (apparently that'a my problem - my 'anticipation!).
Be prepared for losers to beep at you just 'cause you're a learner, even if you did nothing wrong and just smile through it. Make sure you know which way you're tuning and which lane you need to be in.
Put on indicators as soon as it wont be misleading to other drivers and change down into 2nd, then 1st if you come to a complete stop.
If you're at traffic lights or in a queue of traffic, always put your handbrake on as it's easier than mastering clutch control. Only thing is then you have to find the biting point preety quickly to avoid annoying people behind you but don't be afraid of revs and come off the clutch nice and slowly. If you feel you're going to stall, put your foot back down on the clutch and try again.
When turning, use the clutch lots and try not to use the accelerator too much, otherwise you'll have to steer more quickly and you'll shoot off - better to be too heavy on the brakes than on the accelerator.
Turn off your indicators when you've turned, if they haven't cancelled themselves, but try not to do it on a bend or when you should be changing gear.
Okay, I hope that helps - good luck, you'll be fine! Just remember to think ahead and mentally go through what you should be doing, whilst listening to the instructor. And never take anything for granted - i.e that people will give way or actually stop at traffic lights. Better to be over-cautious than crash! x
Well I've just booked my first driving lesson, its on Friday at 2 o'clock I'm far too excited. Its an hour and a half long, what should I expect? I'm a complete beginner by the way .
Okay, it's a little hard to know what to expect as each instructor is different and it depends on the roads around your area. Still, remember they're used to complete novices and people who're nervous (I was!) so don't stress yourself out and just enjoy it!
The main thing you'll probably be mastering is clutch control and moving away and stopping. Most likely to be on a nice quiet little road with few hazards.
Make sure you know the basic road signs and road markings just in case and obviously the controls. They'll teach you the cockpit drill - seat, headrest, mirrors and then you'll begin starting off and moving away.
They'll probably try and get you to park reasonably close to the curb and to realise the alterations in perspective from sitting in the passenger seat.
Make sure you're alert and well-rested and fed! Wear comfy shoes and no loose fitting or flared trousers.
Take a hair tie if you've got long hair incase you get too hot and don't have uncomfortable crap in your pocket.
Make sure you always listen to the engine and maybe do some research on clutch control and the way in which the clutch works if you feel that might help (it did for me!). When trying to find the biting point, try to do tiny movements with your feet and listen to the car for when it's reading to move away. Then, it might help to look in the rearview mirror to see when the car lifts slightly as this can help too.
They'll teach you all about blindspots and the different views of different mirrors too.
Don't worry about making mistakes - they have dual-control to correct them and don't think you're rubbish if the instructor uses them a lot in your first lesson - it doesnt mean you're a bad driver and you will progress so quickly
I hope that helps - the main things to remember are that they wont be expecting too much from you in the first lesson and prepare yourself with research if you think it will help. Start watching when you're a passenger when they change gear, steering, indicators and anticipation of other cars.
Also, make sure you're comfortable with they instructor - if they yell (in a non-life-threatening situation) or make you feel stupid or inadequatw, they're probably rubbish and not the one for you.
Don't be afraid to shop around driving schools - what works for one learner may not work for another and there's no shame in changing. Chances are, they'll try to get you to book another lesson with them there and then but if you're not happy to, say you want to go away and think about it, or honestly tell them that you want to try out a few different instructors first. Take contact details incase you change your mind but don't let them pressure you if you're not happy
Sorry if that sounded a bit scary! Quote me or PM me if you need any help