Four Ways To Prepare For Your First Driving Lesson

Posted on: 13 October 2015

Whether you've had a few driving lessons with your mum and dad before, or this is your very first time behind the wheel, your first private driving lesson can be a nerve-wracking experience. Here are four ways to prepare for your first professional driving lesson. 

1. Memorise basic driving rules. 

Although driving instructors will be patient with you and understanding of all driving levels, for your own confidence it is best to memorise some of the basics. If you've just sat your "L" test, you can have a quick refresher of your manual, to remind you of all the basic road rules. Even if you passed your L test with flying colours, it's a good idea to refresh your knowledge of Australia's road signs and laws, such as which car enters a roundabout first and what the dotted lines on the roads mean. Not only will this give you confidence as you first step behind the wheel, it will save your instructor a little time as well - maybe it will even impress them a little. 

2. Relax and remember to have fun.

If you're getting nervous about driving for the first time, remember that this is an exciting part of becoming an adult. And it's one that most people go through. Your instructor will not be judging you if you make a few mistakes. When first learning to drive, there are a lot of things that need you attention: the road, the steering, the gears, other cars on the road. For this reason, it is even more important to relax when you're first starting out. Have a good night's sleep before your first test so that not only will you be more relaxed, you will be able to concentrate on the road far better. This is good practise for being a safe driver in general, and it will start your driving career out on the right foot. 

3. Get your body ready. 

Not only should your mind be cleared and relaxed, your body should be prepared for your first driving lesson as well. Wear comfortable clothes, and comfortable, closed-toe shoes, not thongs or shoes that don't have a secured back on them. The wrong shoes can get caught on the pedals and cause an accident. If you require glasses, make sure you've got them with you. Eat a proper meal beforehand and avoid alcohol for at least one full day before hand. Not only does alcohol affect your ability to concentrate, it is illegal for a learning driver in Australia to have any blood alcohol level. 

4. Come prepared to learn and ask questions.

Nobody is a perfect driver on the first go. When taking your first driving lesson, it is important to create a good relationship with your instructor. This means coming to the experience prepared to listen to what they have to tell you and not thinking you're an expert before you've even put the key in the ignition. Your instructor will appreciate it if you come clear of misconceptions about driving and, if you have accidentally picked up some bad techniques, if you are willing to change your driving. Perhaps you were misinformed about a road rule or your parents gave you out-of-date information about best driving practises. Be willing to learn and ask questions about road rules if you don't know, and your driving instructor will be patient with you. 

By following the above tips, your first driving lesson can be fun, education and rewarding, rather than stressful.