Learner Drivers – Taking Lessons And Preparing For The Test

Learning to drive and carrying out the test can be a nerve-wracking experience. Read how to get the most out of learning to drive and successfully pass the test.

Being taught by a professional driving instructor is highly important, and although many friends or family members helping a learner driver may be reading this and thinking “I can do just as good a job as a driving instructor can!”, the fact is that many experienced drivers are almost certainly used to driving with bad habits. Take this example; a large number of drivers will not use the interior mirror as often as they should, nor drive with their hands positioned on the steering wheel correctly.

A professional driving instructor of course knows (or should know) the correct procedure for safe driving, and will teach you the correct way to drive in order to pass your test. They are also trained and experienced in teaching skills to nervous drivers, which can allow learners to feel more comfortable on their lessons.

When choosing a driving instructor, remember that the cheapest option is not always the best. Having someone recommend an instructor is quite likely the best method of finding one that is appropriate for you, as your referrer will be able to highlight how helpful the instructor is, whether they are friendly and can be approached with any questions you may have whilst learning, and can also emphasise how successful the instructor is at teaching the driver the criteria that needs to be learnt. Speak to friends to discuss which instructor they used; their advice will be both helpful and impartial.

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However, don’t rule out tuition from friends and family completely. The more practice a learner receives, the better the driver should become, and many driving manoeuvres may become second-nature. During these sessions, the learner driver needs to remember what they have been taught by their driving instructor and should put the methods into practice. If a learner chooses to practice with a member of the family, or a friend, then ensure that:

- the person accompanying the driver is at least 21 years of age, and have held a full driving licence for at least three years
- the car being driven has ‘L’ plates at the front and rear
- the driver has adequate insurance cover

Squeezing in as many lessons as possible in a short period of time may not be beneficial for all learners. If time and money allow, the learner should try to book in at least one lesson per week with a driving instructor and preferably two, for 1-2 hours per session. These lessons will cover all of the driving test criteria over the weeks, which will include:

Moving off smoothly and safely on a level surface and at a gradient.

Applying appropriate safety whilst driving, and abiding by the Highway Code.

Using the controls (accelerator, footbrake, clutch, gears, steering) smoothly and safely.

Reversing manoeuvres, including reversing round a corner and reversing into a parking space.

Using interior and exterior mirrors effectively, before signalling, changing speed and direction.

Performing a controlled stop.

Turning in the road, and many other manoeuvres.

When the driving instructor feels that the learner is ready for the full practical driving test, it may be beneficial to perform a mock test. This will involve the driving instructor to act as the examiner and for the learner to take instruction and execute a number of procedures that will be given, such as turning the car in the road. This will give the learner a good example of what to expect on the actual test, so that they can be prepared as well as possible.

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The examiner will test the driver on a selection of exercises that will have been covered in the lessons, and will assess the ability of the learner to drive competently.


About the Author: Justin Brown is the owner of the site http://www.idealauto.co.uk where you can find various driving school information and resources and also sell any used car in the UK. 



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