Learning to drive can be a daunting experience. Whether you're 17 or 70, raring or reluctant to go - getting nervous is natural. We've put together a few handy hints that should help make sure your first driving lesson runs as smoothly as possible.
1, You need a provisional
A simple one to start with, but the most important. You won't be able to take your first lesson without a provisional - so make sure you've got it and bring it with you.
2, It's not Formula 1
Your driving instructor will spend the first lesson getting to know you, understanding what you understand about driving, getting you used to the car and going over safety. You won't be thrown on the motorway on your first lesson (you won't be going on the motorway at all as a learner!) and your instructor won't make you do anything you're not comfortable doing. If you're happy to give driving a go on your first lesson, and your instructor thinks you're ready then happy days! But there's no pressure to be driving home on your first lesson. There's also no pressure to know everything (or anything!) about cars. Some people get in a car and have no idea where the 'on button' is, some people get into a car knowing the ins and outs of a combustion engine. Your instructor will cover off everything you need to know anyway - so don't put too much pressure on yourself.
3, Think about what you're wearing
In all your lessons, but particularly your first, you want to be comfortable. Wear sensible, flat shoes and clothes you're happy to sit in a car in for an hour or two. If you wear glasses, make sure you're wearing them (this is a legal requirement - check with your optician if you're not sure if your eyesight meets the minimum requirements for driving without glasses).
Not just during your lesson, but before and after too. You're bound to make mistakes, that's why it's called learning. Ask questions, don't expect to remember everything at once and get to know your instructor and their car. Try not to schedule your first lesson on a day when you're coming straight from your gran's birthday party and going straight into an exam afterwards, give yourself some time to chill. (As a side note: also don't start your first lesson hungover - again, legal requirement!)
If you're in the Altrincham/Hale/Bowdon/Sale area and are ready to book your first driving lesson, get in touch!