Road To Success 10 Tips For Learning To Drive

Think of that day when you take your driving test. You pull up at the test centre at the end of your test and the examiner says “Congratulations, you’ve passed!”

It’s an amazing feeling knowing you can now driver whenever and wherever you want! You need to get there first though!

Here is my road to success 10 tips for learning to drive safe for the rest of your life.

1 – Plan Ahead

Plan ahead well – This is something you will hear from your driving instructor a lot relating to the way you drive, but it shouldn’t stop there. Before you start your driving lessons, think about the future and what you want to achieve.  Do you have a date in mind when you want to pass your driving test? Have you thought about how long it is going to tale you to learn? Have you thought about what steps are involved in learning to drive? What about the Theory Test

You need to set yourself a realistic target otherwise you’ll end up taking driving lessons that you don’t necessarily need. You don’t need to have started driving lessons to prepare for and take a theory test. Doing it first or certainly within gar first few weeks of learning to drive can greatly reduce the amount of time it will take to learn to drive.

2 – Prepare Well For Your Theory Test

Plan ahead well – This is something you will hear from your driving instructor a lot relating to the way you drive, but it shouldn’t stop there. Before you start your driving lessons, think about the future and what you want to achieve.  Do you have a date in mind when you want to pass your driving test? Have you thought about how long it is going to tale you to learn? Have you thought about what steps are involved in learning to drive? What about the Theory Test

You need to set yourself a realistic target otherwise you’ll end up taking driving lessons that you don’t necessarily need. You don’t need to have started driving lessons to prepare for and take a theory test. Doing it first or certainly within gar first few weeks of learning to drive can greatly reduce the amount of time it will take to learn to drive.

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3 – Stay Calm!

Once you start your driving lessons, try to remain calm and open minded. Learning to drive can be complexed to some people and can lead to some frustrating moments but you have to remember that you will get there in the end. Just as you would learning another skill, you need to be realistic with yourself and be patient. 

Learn your routines – There are some important routines along the journey to help you remember things, such as MSM (Mirrors-Signal-Manoeuvre). Your instructor will teach you these and they are important to the safety of how you drive. 

4 -How Do You Learn?

Once you start your driving lessons, try to remain calm and open minded. Learning to drive can be complexed to some people and can lead to some frustrating moments but you have to remember that you will get there in the end. Just as you would learning another skill, you need to be realistic with yourself and be patient. 

Learn your routines – There are some important routines along the journey to help you remember things, such as MSM (Mirrors-Signal-Manoeuvre). Your instructor will teach you these and they are important to the safety of how you drive. 

5 -Take Regular Lessons

Take regular lessons and get as much practise as you can. As it is with learning any skill, the more often you do it and practise, the quicker you learn. As the start it can be slow, but as you pick up the skill, the quicker you’ll learn.

Most learner drivers have one 2 hour lesson a week but if you can have as many as your instructor can fit you in for. Don’t just do the work during your driving lessons. Ask your instructor if there is anything you could be doing from home. Practising with a parent to a friend is a big way of honing your skills, but you could also watch some Youtube videos or do some research on Google. There are also various apps available through the Apple and Android app stores.

6 – You’re Not Just Passing A Test

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Learn to drive for the rest of your life, not just to pass the driving test. One of the most common questions a driving instructor is asked is “How long until I can take my test?”. Learners concentrate on passing the driving test, after all it’s what you’re taking lessons for but remember, you’re going to be driving for the rest of your life and you want to learn the valuable skills and gain the necessary experience to ensure you can drive safe forever.

Passing the test in a week isn’t always the best avenue to take. Think about how much experience you will gain in a week compared to taking your time and absorbing what you are learning over a longer period of time. 

Driving can be extremely dangerous and you want to ensure you greatly reduce the risk of you having an accident once you’ve passed your driving test and you’re left on your own. 

7 – Forgetting About The Examiner

Speaking of the test! Forget about the examiner! When it comes to taking your driving test, try to treat it as you would a driving lesson and forget the examiner is there. Their job is just to assess whether you are driving safely and with regard for other road users. You DO NOT need to drive any differently to impress the examiner. They want to see how you are going to drive for the rest of your life. They are experienced people and they test hundreds of people every week. They expect you to be nervous and make mistakes, as long as those mistakes are minor and nor serious ones!

8 – Keep Up With The Practise

Don’t slow down your lessons. So you have your test booked and you are doing well in your lessons. Don’t think about having less lessons just because you think  you’re driving well. Think about that from a school/college point of view. You wouldn’t do less revision in the lead up to your exams, you would probably ramp up the revision in preparation. The same goes for taking your driving test. You want to get as much practise/revision as possible in the lead up to your driving test to give yourself the best chance of passing first time. Most learners will have a lesson the day/night before the test and practise the hour beforehand on the day.

9 – Get As Much Experience As You Can

Try to get as much practise indifferent conditions. You don’t know whether the day of your driving test is going to be sunny, pouring with rain, foggy, or in winter even dark or snowing. You really want to be prepared for such changes in weather conditions. Get the much needed practise in these conditions in your driving lessons and private practise too but don’t avoid the snow! If it is safe to do so, your driving instructor will also give lessons in snowy conditions. There’s nothing worse than passing your driving test, not experiencing something like driving in the dark and then having to do it on your own for the first time. 

10 – Take Your Training Further

Don’t leave the training there! Once you’ve passed your driving test, consider taking further training to improve your skills. If you didn’t;t get the opportunity to have a driving lesson in the snow, give a driving instructor a shout and book a refresher lesson. You are allowed to learn to drive on motorways now with a qualified instructor but you may not cover this in your lesson depending on your location. Ask your instructor about further training after you’ve passed your test.