What To Expect On Your First Driving Lesson

okay guys so in this video we're just

gonna talk a little bit about what to

expect from your first driving lesson so

you will have booked your first driving

lesson already with your driving

instructor you're gonna want to make

that a time that's convenient for you

when you're not gonna be tired or

stressed not maybe a Saturday morning

after you've been out that's Saturday

night before your instructor is gonna

come and meet you usually at your house

but there's a lot of instructors that

are flexible that can meet you at work

or colleagues uni whatever you do in the

day time but just bear in mind if it is

the first lesson you're probably not

going to be able to drive from the

location that they meet you so the

instructor is going to take you to what

we call nursery roads which arose that

are really easy to drive around you

usually have really 90-degree empty

corners empty roads so that you can

drive around without causing too much of

a hazard to other road users because

you're gonna be going really slowly so

if you worried about the first lesson if

you're thinking what what do I do what

am I gonna expect you need to have your

driving license already that's going to

be a provisional driving license so the

green card you'll see other people

who've got a driving license they've got

the pink one you're gonna have to apply

for your green provisional driver

license before you even meet your

driving instructor because to legally

learn to drive you've got to have a

driving license with you so the

instructor is going to want to have a

look at this driving license to make

sure that you've got one and to make

sure it's valid you'd be surprised

next they're gonna check your eyesight

you need to be able to see at least 20

meters in front of you or you need to be

able to read a number plate at least 20

meters in front of you to be able to

drive on the road and that's not just

for taking a driving test although they

will test that at the beginning of your

driving test you need to have that

consistent standard minimum standard the

whole time you've got a driving licence

if you need to use glasses that's

absolutely fine you can bring your

glasses on typing lessons and wear them

if though you need to use glasses to

drive and take a driving test you'll

have that on the back of your driving

license it's a license code and if you

get caught not using your glasses while

you're driving if you've got that

license code you're going to get in

trouble so if you need glasses use them

so your driving instructor has turned up

at your house or your place of work

you're gonna meet them they're gonna

check your license and your eyesight

next they're going to invite you to

probably sit in the passenger side

unless you live in a nursery area

already you're

sit in the passenger's seat and your

instructors gonna drive you to the area

that you're gonna start to learning

while you're driving you instructor Mike

chats you get to know you a little bit

because how you're gonna spend a lot of

time in the car with this guy or lady

and you're gonna want to get to know

them you're going to want to be their

friend so hey let's start to get to know

each other straight away so your driving

instructors driving to the starting area

the nursery roads talking to you about

steering how do you hold the steering

wheel turn into a clock how to use the

gears palming technique that you're

going to learn about moving through 1 2

3 how to use the pedals what am I doing

with the clutch if you're in an auto

it's going to be a completely different

situation you're not going to have to

gear stick you're not going to have the

clutch you're gonna only use two pedals

but you're only gonna get an automatic

license which is going to restrict you

to driving automatic cars ok so this is

an important one if you're gonna go on

holiday and you need to hire a car

you're only gonna be able to hire

automatic cars can't borrow your friends

manual car you're not qualified to drive

it if you have an auto license though

you cannot grade it but you have to do

another driving test well I'll just

learn the whole thing in the first place

to be fair though the future is electric

cars electric cars are automatic so if

swings and roundabouts it's depending on

what you're planning to use your license

for if you really love driving you're

gonna want to go the whole hog and get a

manual driver's license and a manual

driving instructor to teach you how to

drive a manual car here's another top

tip your driving instructor will have

one of these this is an Adi badge if he

doesn't have one of these he's not a

driving instructor you can get these in

two colors this is a green one you can

also get them in pink with a triangle

talk a little bit more about why there's

two different types in another video

you're gonna hear this a lot in your

driving lessons MSP SL so as you

approach the junction they might say I'm

checking my mirrors check check I am

going to signal I'm checking my position

and my speed and then I'm looking so

your driving instructor can talk to you

a lot about what they're doing if it

takes five minutes if it takes ten

minutes to get to the nursery area

trust me it's worth it you do not want

to start a driving lesson on a main road

like a motorway and a road the m1 that's

going to be a nightmare

your driving instructor is fully

qualified to teach you how to drive

they've been doing this a long time it

probably is not their first driving

lesson so where they tell you is the

perfect place to start learning to drive

trust them it's going to be the perfect

place to start learning how to drive so

you've got to the nursery area you're

switching sides with your drive

instructor so it's your turn tan now

Drive this is the fun bit this is where

you get to be in control of a car for

the first time if it's your first lesson

ever behind the wheels of a car that

your instructors not going to expect you

to drive off straight away hey get in

the car now drive me around the corner

that's not gonna happen

your driving instructors gonna start

with teaching you the cockpit rules so

the cockpit rules are the triple-s em

there's loads of acronyms and mnemonics

in driving that help you remember all of

these little things that we like you to

know so be triple-s em your instructor

will talk you through it properly by its

door seat steering will see bow and

mirrors that's the cockpit drill of the

stuff you need to do when you get in the

car everyone's a different size shape

higher so everyone's gonna need to see

in a different place this steering rule

might not reach me if I sit forward

because I'm a little bit taller than

some other people well see adjust it

sting will adjusted it so I don't want

to have my arms locked out like that

it's gonna be on half the wall my

shoulders gonna get tired steering wall

and mirrors your mercy of biggest safety

feature your instructor will talk a lot

about mirrors and I mean a lot about

mirrors because they're gonna stop you

from crashing if you can get a grip on

mirrors early on it's gonna help you so

much later one in your driving life it's

people that don't check their members

that have accidents so if you've got a

really good driving instructor they will

talk to you constantly about mirrors

you've done the cockpit drill your door

closed your seat setup your steering

wheels at a good distance and your

mirrors are sorted next you're gonna

move on to controls an instruments by

controls I mean the gears the pedals the

steering wheel and the instruments are

what you can see in front of you on the

dashboard the dashboard usually in most

columns will give you information like

speed of the car speed of the engine we

call out the RPM how much fuel you've

got on board and how hot the engine is

not all cars show the same information

some cars give you more information some

cars have a little screen my car's got a

good screaming of the map about not all

cars have that some cars have more other

cars have less we've got the basic

information there and your instructor

will talk you through what you've got on

the car that you're driving in so you

understand all of the controls all of

the instruments all of the buttons but

hey which sites the indicator one do I

go left and right or to go left and your

instructor will tell you all of that if

you've got a question asked there's so

much to learn

in learning to drive and the number one

thing that I have with my peoples is

they don't ask and I always say to them

hey if I say something and it doesn't

make sense ask me to explain it again if

I say something and you throw yep yep

yep got it and then 10 seconds later

you've forgotten it because I'm hitting

you with some new information ask me to

repeat it because hey I've just taught

you how the gas work and now I'm coming

onto the brake you've just forgotten how

the gas works you're gonna really need

that information when we move off if you

can't remember ask if you doesn't make

sense ask just ask ask us these driving

instructors are fond of knowledge

they've gone through rigorous training

they've done so much work to become a

driving instructor they know literally

everything should literally know

everything about driving learning to

drive how to operate the car and how to

drive safely on the roads so if there's

any questions anything that you don't

know if we're the guys that you need to

hear out for answers especially if

you're taking lessons you you're paying

this guy to fill your head with driving

knowledge use it so you know about

controls instruments steering seatbelt

is all done what's next moving off and

stopping so here you're gonna put into

practice all of the stuff that you've

learned about controls how to use the

pedals is what you're gonna do next and

I promise you if you're a nervous driver

for the first time this will not be

scary the car will not move at more than

five or six miles an hour for the first

time and that's just walking pace or

maybe a light drug it's not scary it's

really really easy remember as well your

driving instructors got pedals on their

side of the car if anything goes wrong

they can stop you they can take over

control they can explain what happened

and then give you back control if

there's anything to do with steering

they can reach over and assist you with

steering from their side of the car and

I promise you they've done this 101

times if anything goes wrong they're not

going to let you crash their car because

definitely they have more lessons to do

so once you've got proficient we've

moving off and stopping moving the car

stopping the car how do the pedals work

the next natural progression would be

positive move off and stop safely so

talking about mirrors talking about a

six-point check what's a six-point check

one two three four five six you're gonna

go through this a lot with your driving

instructor this is the check that you

use to set off and stop safely when

you're moving off and stopping at the

side of the road natural progression

from controls and instruments is how to

move off and stop safely drive off stop

on the Left drive off and stop on the

left you're gonna do it a few times

learning to drive it's not just a

one-time-only deal if you do it over and

over again it builds a habit and trust

me when you first start learning to

drive it's going to be really really

clunky your brain isn't used to using

your feet there's such a fire in

controlled way so when you first start

driving you're gonna be smashing down

the gas you're gonna be smashing on the

brake it's gonna be uncomfortable clunky

your instructor will talk you through

how to make the brain two-foot muscle

connection so that you can drive more


if they take you to a busy road and it's

scary say hey I'm not really comfortable

on this road it's quite busy can we go

somewhere quieter so just bear with it

no one was born able to drive rome

wasn't built in a day that's gonna take

a little while to learn to drive I

promise you we've all had the question

you're going to want to know formula

instructor how long it's gonna take you

to learn to drive the DVS a that a study

a while ago and it takes people on

average 40 hours of tuition driving

tuition that's car time to learn to

drive 40 hours that's average and it

goes up with age so the older you are

takes you slightly longer now everybody

learns differently so it could take you

a lot less it could also take you a lot

more so factor that in when you're

thinking about budgets so when you ask

your driving instructor how long it

takes you to learn how to drive or how

long it's gonna take you to learn how to


they don't know you yet they haven't

seen you start to learn but aren't you a

few lessons in you could say how fast am

i progressing am I going quickly am I

going slowly and then maybe you can ask

for some homework if you haven't been

getting it all ready to progress

yourself faster okay let's think of it

like this if you went to college to

learn a new skill like brick lane or

plumbing and you only went in for two

hours a week into college how long would

it take you to learn that new skill like

brick laying or planning it would take a

long time with college you go in what

four or five days a week and you're

going probably at least half a day to

learn how to lay bricks and do plumbing

I don't know I'm not a plumber so what

plumbers do when you call them and they

fix your boiler that stuff how long does

it take it takes a long time and you

learn it intensive ly over a long period

of time as well with driving you're in

the car for two hours a week one hour

maybe you might take two lessons a week

but you're still not taking a big chunk

of time to learn to drive you're still

taking massive gaps to learn to drive so

you get something we call skill faith

which is where you end the lesson at

this level and then you pick up the next

lesson at this level and it takes about

five ten minutes to bring your skill

back up to match the level

which you last left the last lesson or I

recommend to my students is that we

learn on YouTube so I'll send them

little videos and links so let's say we

just did a blessing on roundabouts I'll

send them five roundabouts videos tell

them to watch it every day just 5

minutes a day because it keeps it in

your head if I give you 5 things to

learn it's going to be difficult to

remember that in a week's time if you

haven't done anything to keep it in your

head so keep at it reads YouTube watch

other people driving hate you know what

I had one person that even sat on the

top deck of busses always managed to get

the front seat of a bus and pretend it

to be the bus driver sounds silly but

that even just alone will keep driving

in your head so that you can remember

what to do the next lesson so every time

the bus went around corners should be

thinking Miller signal position speed

look and then hey do you know what she

progressed a lot more quickly than if

she didn't do that so that's basically

what you should be expecting on your

first driving lesson hopefully it won't

be such a daunting prospect now go out

book your first driving lesson and enjoy

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