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How to get through the most difficult parts of learning to drive
Learning to drive isn’t an easy feat. For some, it’s a very stressful experience. But don’t let that put you off! We wanted to share with you some advice on getting through the toughest bits.
Finding the right driving instructor
The first vital step of learning to drive is finding the right instructor. But this can be incredibly daunting! I mean, do you really know what makes a good driving instructor? You can’t even drive yet!
The reality is that you’ll need an instructor that is suited to your style of learning. This is why it’s best to hold off bulk buying driving lessons until you’re confident you’ve found the right instructor. Some learners go through a few different instructors before finding the perfect fit!
Driving for the first time is scary! It’s a brand-new experience! Not to mention the potential dangers on the road! If the thought of driving stresses you out, don’t worry. You are not alone.
There are various ways you can overcome those nerves, from meditation to confiding in your driving instructor.
In your driving test, you’ll be asked to do one of three manoeuvres:
- parallel park at the side of the road
- park in a bay – either driving in and reversing out, or reversing in and driving out (the examiner will tell you which you have to do)
- pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and re-join the traffic
If the manoeuvres are making you sweat, we recommend practising until you master them! Practice with your driving instructor or practice them with a friend / family member. You’ll get there!
Practising with family members
Hopefully, if you find some willing family members or friends, you’ll be able to drive outside of your lessons too!
Now, this can be testing at times. Try to keep calm and remember that all these hours of private practice behind the wheel will help your chances of passing your driving test. If you really can’t put up with it, why not find a friend to help you instead?
If you’re covered with InsureLearnerDriver, you just need to be supervised by someone who’s over 25 and who’s had a full UK/EEA/EU driving licence for over 3 years.
The first driving test
Notice, we said ~first~ driving test. Because, guess what, you might have to take more than one! It’s such a daunting task that most do not pass first time.
Don’t be too hard on yourself! Your instructor should be able to tell when you’re ready. All you have to do is make sure you try your best and drive safe! Oh, and a mock test beforehand will definitely help!
Learning to drive isn’t easy – it’s going to take some determination, but we assure you that it’ll pay off in the long run.
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