What to Expect on Your First Driving Lesson

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If you are getting ready to attend your first driving lesson, then congratulations, you are about to embark on a wonderful journey that is going to significantly broaden your world and give you much more freedom than you previously had. However, actually getting there will take some time and effort, and even though it is completely normal for you to be somewhat nervous about what lies ahead, you should do your best to remain calm, it is really not as bad as it may look to you right now.

Your first driving lesson will probably start with the instructor picking you up at a previously arranged location, and taking you somewhere where you can practice in peace and without endangering anyone else. This usually means a quiet residential area with little traffic.

Once you get there, you will probably first go through the cockpit drill, a procedure that you should adopt and perform every time that you get into a car. Basically this involves checking whether your seat and steering wheel are properly adjusted so that you have enough room and can operate the car comfortably and without any obstacles; buckling your seatbelt and making sure that it works properly; checking if all the doors are properly closed and finally making sure that your rear-view mirrors are adequately positioned.

Apart from this, you’ll probably go through an introduction in the functions of various buttons and levers in the car. Even though you are probably already at least somewhat familiar with this, you should by no means assume that you already know everything and disregard the instructions. Australia driving lessons differ from those in some other parts of the world in that the students usually already have some experience with driving, so the first lesson may be concerned less with theoretical aspects and more with the actual driving, but this can depend on the instructor and the driving school.

If you do get to do some driving, make sure that you remain calm and composed. There is really no reason to worry, as the double commands pretty much ensure that the instructor will always have your back and be able to timely respond to any risky situation. If you don’t trust their reflexes, at least trust their experience. As haphazard and risky as driving may seem, when you’ve been driving for a while, recognizing potentially dangerous situations becomes instinctive, so don’t worry about anything too bad happening.

If you got comfortable with driving before attending your first lesson, don’t make the mistake of thinking that you already know everything that there is to know and get overly confident. There is a reason you still only have a “learners permit”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learner’s_permit. Some people take driving lessons as only a formality that they need to go through, and their instructor as only a supervisor, not a teacher. This is a terrible mistake, and can result in rather serious consequences. Make sure that you accept the instructor’s authority and listen to them without objections, regardless of how competent you think you are.


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