Deciding to learn to drive is a big step towards independence, whether you are 17 and need the car to get to college or you are 30 and need it to drive your family around. If you have no driving experience whatsoever, it can be very daunting when it comes to starting your lessons. Here we will talk you through what to expect when you learn to drive.
When can I start?
You cannot learn how to drive a car until your provisional driving licence has been accepted and is in your possession. As a general rule, you cannot learn until you are 17, with the exception being that if you are in receipt of the higher rate of disability allowance, you can start on your 16th birthday. To apply for your licence, you will need to fill in a form which you can find in your local Post Office.
Choosing an instructor
It can be tempting to opt for allowing a family member to teach you to drive, but remember that they won’t have the expertise or training, so although you may learn the basic controls, you won’t get the in depth knowledge that you need to become the best driver you can. DirectGov now has a facility where you can search all Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) in your area. Ashley Neal driving school is on the ordit register, which mean that all of the instructors they train will be an ADI. Not only that, but they teach in modern dual controlled cars, so you know that you’ll be learning to drive in a completely safe environment.
The first lesson
When it comes to your first lesson, it will usually be spent on quiet roads learning the basic controls of the car. Your instructor will explain how the likes of the brakes, accelerator, clutch, gearstick, handbrake, indicators and lights work. They’ll also show you how to start the car, move off and drive around.
Your future lessons will be spent learning various manoeuvres, such as parallel parking, a turn in the road and an emergency stop- these are all things that you need to know in order to successfully pass your test.
Pass Plus is a training scheme provided for new drivers. It can help you gain valuable driving experience, such as learning how to deal with various road and traffic situations which you may not have come across on your lessons. Completing the course can also help bring the cost of your insurance down. At Ashley Neal driving school, the Pass Plus course is made up of 6 modules and at the end of it, you’ll either receive an achieved or exceeded status.
If this guide has made you feel more confident about learning to drive, why not give Ashley Neal driving school a call and get your lessons booked in.