Friday, 1 May 2015

Surviving Driving Lessons!

I recently decided that I would book my driving lessons, after turning 17 I wasn't in a hurry to start and instead focused on college, but after recently turning 18 I took the decision to book my driving lessons! I spent ages phoning round different driving instructors and asking friends who had recently passed and then found a driving instructor who made me feel at ease straight away and that was that!

My first lesson was Monday 23rd March and before hand my dad had been taking me out on a local car park to get some practise at how to drive a car, I was clueless about driving a car! A Massive thank you to my dad who was patient and pushed me to keep going over things even if it meant spending an hour driving round a car park practising how to change gear!

The night before your first lesson: I felt a mixture of excitement and dread, I knew everything about the basics of driving as I had about 3 weeks prior to my first lesson just practising with my dad. I would say to make sure you have everything ready before you go to bed, get your clothes, shoes and bag ready so you don't forget anything. You will also need to take your provisional license and the paper bit that comes with it! You will want to wear something you feel comfortable in and have sensible shoes that will be easy to drive in, I picked up a pair of dap shoes from Primark for around £3 and they are honestly perfect for driving! You need to try and relax, make yourself a hot chocolate and watch one of your favourite films. Getting a good nights sleep can really make a difference (I was perfectly fine before I went to bed and was relaxed but in the night I felt really anxious and subconsciously ended up sleep walking and talking about driving… but lets not tell anyone about that!) Just remember that everyone was a learner once and you have to start at the bottom, your driving instructor has probably seen it all before!

In the morning make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get ready and leave enough time to have a proper drink and breakfast. When you see your instructor pull up go out to them straight away so you don't miss any time off your lesson!

The driving lesson, I was instantly reassured and put at ease my driving instructor is so lovely and she went through everything and helped me set the car up to suit me. The main thing is to listen and take everything in and also to be aware of everything that is going on around you, but also to stay calm and relaxed. I am extremely lucky in the fact my dad has previously taken me out in a car park and practised changing gear, reversing, 3 point turn etc. and one my first lesson my instructor told me I was already 6 lessons ahead, which is incredible and will hopefully save me some money!

Have you just started your driving lessons, or have any funny memories of driving? Let me know in the comments!


4 comments:

  1. I think being calm is such a good tip when learning to drive.

    Lizzie Dripping

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    1. It really does help, I was so surprised at how calm I was!

      Gemma xx

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  2. I'm 24 and driving is something I've wanted to do for so long, unfortunately, it's just not happened, yet. Every time I hope to get round to it something pops up. I'm hoping next year is the year.. when I'm 25! Money is on the list for Christmas and b'day and I'll save that up :) x

    Kate | A British Sparkle

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    1. I would really recommend it! I really enjoy it, fingers crossed this year is the year for you! I honestly can not wait to pass to be really independent and not have to rely on buses!

      Gemma xx

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