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5 Things to do to Prepare for Your First Driving Lesson

5 Things to do to Prepare for Your First Driving Lesson
Tina Playle
  • On May 10, 2018

Approaching your first driving lesson can be both exciting and daunting at the same time.

For those about to embark on their journey to a full licence, we have a few pointers on how to prepare for your first lesson.


Do your research for a good instructor

Finding the right driving instructor is often the first step on your journey towards that coveted pink licence. There are loads of great instructors out there that cater for all kinds of learning styles. Don’t just opt into the first driving instructor that’s the cheapest – make sure they suit your other needs. Factor in the car they have, their reviews and whether you could see yourself spending the next couple of months with them.

Don’t worry if you have a few lessons with one that doesn’t feel right for you! You can always change once you have a better idea of what you want from a driving instructor.

Click here for more tips on finding the right driving instructor

Read up on the basics

This isn’t mandatory, in fact some learners prefer just to learn whilst they drive – however for those who are a little more tentative about their first driving lesson, it doesn’t hurt to do a little research.

Simply doing a quick google about how to start a car can put you at ease before getting behind the wheel. You can even have a quick flick through the highway code to get some context.

Make sure not to get too overwhelmed with information though, you’ll get to know everything in time on your future driving lessons.

Schedule your first driving lesson

When it comes to scheduling your first driving lesson, timing is everything! You’re probably already familiar with your local driving test route (it’ll usually be the closest town) so you know when it’s most busy.

Let’s just put it this way – having your first ever driving lesson at rush hour is probably not the best idea. Picking a time when it won’t be too busy on the roads will minimise the pressure slightly.


As it approaches, you might feel a little more nervous, but that’s completely normal. Make sure you’ve had a good night’s sleep and make sure to have something to eat beforehand. It’s best to go into it completely refreshed!

Get stuck in

The most important thing to remember is to enjoy it. It’s cheesy, we know. But this is a milestone you’ll only encounter once in your life. Prepare to make mistakes but also prepare to learn from them! You’ll be in the safe hands of a qualified driving instructor so just enjoy those first steps to freedom!

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